Scott is the founder of charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries – you may have heard me mention them before, and that’s because I’m deeply passionate about their cause and a huge admirer of what Scott’s done as the founder of the org. In less than a decade, their community has raised over $250 million to fund 22,000+ projects that have brought clean water to more than 7 million people around the world. I want to highlight not just what charity: water has done, but how they’ve done it – because they’ve brought Continue reading "How To Change The Lives Of Millions w/ Scott Harrison"
We’ve all been there: after spending countless hours building something – a product, a new website, a piece of art – you release it into the world, put out the word on your social channels, hold your breath and…. nothing. Crickets. Tumbleweeds. Then you start looking at other creators or companies enviously, wondering how they manage to get so much traction for their work when yours – which is just as good if not better – struggles to get any attention. You rewind the tape to look for mistakes, but there are no obvious ones. You did everything you were Continue reading "The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About"
Piera is the co-founder of Refinery29, one of the most important and influential lifestyle editorial companies on the internet with millions of visitors a day from just about every corner of the planet. It’s one of those classic entrepreneur stories, starting with a few friends in a cramped makeshift office who had a ton of passion but not a lot of experience – they’ve had some ups and downs, made some pivots, but here they are – they’re still standing, stronger than ever, and they’ve unquestionably made their mark on our culture with a voice that’s distinctly different from that Continue reading "How To Build A Media Juggernaut w/ Piera Gelardi"
Today I’m bringing you the audio version of a talk I gave at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam earlier this year on a topic that’s top of mind for many of us, which is the rise of AI and automation and the implications it may have for our careers – whether you’re a truck driver or a radiologist or a graphic designer, you’ve probably had a moment in the past year or two where you saw a news piece and asked yourself – “whoa – is a computer or a robot gonna put me out of a job?” Continue reading "Why Creativity Is About To Radically Transform The World"
As you know, on this show I usually I sit down with the world’s top creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders and unpack actionable, valuable insights to help you live your dreams in career, hobby, and in life – but today we’ve got something a little different for you which I think you’ll find equally or maybe even more valuable than our usual format. As you may have seen, I have a new YouTube show called The Daily Creative where I answer YOUR questions about the challenges you’re facing on your journey to become an aspiring or professional creative – think Continue reading "How To Cut Through The Noise + Get Noticed"
If you’re familiar with Jason then you know he’s an incredibly unique human. And if you’re not, then I’ll do my best– but you really just need to check out his work. He’s a brilliant and insanely insightful creator whose work sits at the intersection of philosophy, personal development and film much like my own work. You may know him as the host of Nat Geo’s “Brain Games,” from his short film series “Shots Of Awe” or his latest show “Origins” which is in its debut season. It’s really tough to put a label on his work, so instead of Continue reading "Transform Your Consciousness w/ Jason Silva"
Steven is an entrepreneur and writer whose work has appeared in just about every publication you can think of — New York Times, Forbes, Wired, TIME, you name it — and was nominated for a Pulitizer for his book “A Small Furry Prayer.” I wanted to have Steven on because he has a very unique focus in his latest book “Stealing Fire”: understanding peak human performance — not in an abstract sense, but the specific mechanisms that make people like world-class athletes, Navy SEALs, and entrepreneurs able to do the incredible things they do and more importantly, how that Continue reading "The Formula For Peak Performance w/ Steven Kotler"
Leila Janah is a human dynamo and one of the most exciting voices in the world of social entrepreneurship. After starting her career in management consulting, she quit to pursue her passions full time and has founded TWO companies. The first is Samasource, a non-profit that lifts people out of poverty via hiring them to do data work – and their clients now include the likes of Walmart, eBay, Google. And more recently she started LXMI a luxury skincare brand that sources rare ingredients from poor countries and thereby helps lift women out of poverty. Oh – and in case Continue reading "How What You Buy Can Change The World w/ Leila Janah"
W. Kamau Bell is a veteran standup comedian, the creator and star of the hit CNN show “United Shades Of America” which is kicking off its 2nd season, host of a couple podcasts, one of which has probably the best title of any podcast ever – “Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period” – and author of a bestselling book among many other things he’s been part of over the course of his career. The word prolific does not even begin to describe this man. I believe he’s the first comedian I’ve had on, but what’s super interesting Continue reading "Overcome Fear & Self-Doubt w/ W. Kamau Bell"
Chris Guillebeau is an author and entrepreneur – you may know him from his bestselling books like “The Art Of Nonconformity” and “The $100 Startup” or his popular essay “A Brief Guide To World Domination.” He’s also a prolific blogger and the brains behind the Worldwide Domination Summit. This interview is from a few years back, but I wanted to bring it back because Chris – along with Tim Ferriss and a few others – was among the first wave of people who pioneered the path that I’ve heard so many of you say that you want to be on. Continue reading "Build A Life You Love w/ Chris Guillebeau"
Adam Braun is an author and entrepreneur who you may know from his work with Pencils of Promise, an organization that creates schools and other projects that bring education to underserved populations living in rural poverty. He’s also the author of the book “The Promise Of A Pencil” and more recently the founder of a super exciting education startup called MissionU– he’ll get into more detail but tell me if you think this sounds interesting: 1 year of intense, skill-based education with NO upfront tuition – instead, you give them a percentage of your income once you land that sweet Continue reading "The Unfiltered Truth About Entrepreneurship with Adam Braun"
James is the founder + driving force behind indie rock icons The Shins. With over 20 years in the game, he’s seen just about every facet of the music business – from tiny shows at dives bars to Billboard top 10 albums on major labels – and as you can imagine he’s learned a thing or two along the way. Getting your career as a creator off the ground is hard. Keeping it on the rails after years or decades is even harder. Being one of the best – someone who breaks through to mainstream success? Orders of magnitude harder Continue reading "Build + Sustain A Career Doing What You Love w/ James Mercer of The Shins"
I’ve been talking a lot about authenticity lately, so thought it would be a good time to share one of my favorite episodes of the show from a few years back with Marc because it’s all about authenticity – specifically, how to promote your work as a creator while staying true to yourself. Marc is a creative entrepreneur who’s probably best known as the founder of the apparel brand Ecko, which began in his parents’ garage and eventually grew into the largest brand in streetwear with a global footprint and over $1 billion in revenue. He’s also the author of Continue reading "Sell Yourself Without Selling Out with Marc Ecko"
Getting your career as a creator off the ground is hard. Keeping it on the rails after years or decades is even harder. Being one of the best – someone who breaks through to mainstream success? Orders of magnitude harder than all that. The amazing highs are – inevitably – coupled with difficult lows, and learning how to cope with that dynamic is crucial for the sanity + success of anyone who seeks to build a career around their creative passions. Enter: James Mercer. James is the founder + driving force behind indie rock icons The Shins. With over 20 Continue reading "Exclusive interview + secret show from James Mercer of The Shins"
Yves is the founder of Fuseproject and one of the most influential industrial designers of our generation, having also lead teams at the iconic firms frog design and Lunar Design. His clients include Herman Miller, GE, Puma, Kodak, Samsung, Prada and a host of others, and pioneered the paradigm of designer/entrepreneur as the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of smart lock company August and CCO at Jawbone. He’s also a passionate advocate for sustainability and social good, contributing to a variety of projects like One Laptop Per Child, Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor and the SPRING Accelerator program. He’s been Continue reading "How Design Can Supercharge Your Business with Yves Béhar"
Amanda Crew is an actress who’s best known for playing Monica on the hit HBO show “Silicon Valley,” which I absolutely love for skewering tech culture in a loving but deadly accurate way. If you haven’t seen the show please, please do yourself a favor and check it out – season 4 recently premiered on HBO. But her career goes back many years: she’s appeared in a ton of shows and movies like Smallville, Final Destination 3, Life As We Know It and much more. We touch on a bunch of stuff here that I wasn’t expecting to get into Continue reading "Conquer Fear & Self-Doubt with Amanda Crew"
Vanessa bills herself as a “behavioral investigator” – what that means is that she is absolutely amazing at unpacking what makes people do the things they do and turning that into proven, actionable techniques for others to hone their own people skills. She’s written for publications like CNN, Fast Company and forbes and is the author of the brand new (and incredibly good) book “Captivate: The Science Of Succeeding With People.” You’ve heard me talk many times about the critical importance of soft skills in building a successful career as a creator, and Vanessa is THE authority on this Continue reading "Become A Master Communicator with Vanessa Van Edwards"
Justine Ezarik aka iJustine is one of the OG YouTube stars– one of the very few people who have been on the platform for over a decade. You may remember her from her first big hit, her “300 page iPhone bill” video way back in 2007 or from literally streaming her entire life for 6 months, and since then she’s had several other hits that helped her build a huge following based off the kind of DIY hustle that I absolutely love– for example her early videos were shot with a $400 point and shoot and a green rug from Continue reading "How iJustine Built Her Digital Empire"
It’s become common knowledge these days that storytelling is a mission-critical skill for businesses; that tapping into our innate receptivity to narratives is a powerful tool for persuasion. But what’s not so clear is how to stand out among an increasingly crowded stream of leaders, people, and brands telling stories via millions of “branded content initiatives” that mostly get lost in the deluge of headlines we’re all drowning in. So how do you cut through the noise? The answer is something that’s deceptively simple: authenticity. What is authenticity? The dictionary definition of authenticity is “not false or copied; genuine; real” Continue reading "Want your story to cut through the noise? It needs THIS."
Ryan is an author, entrepreneur and one of the sharpest marketing minds out there. He got his start working for bestselling authors like Tucker Max and Robert Greene and has since worked with folks like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Evan Carmichael, and John Grisham among many others – and he’s something like 5 books now including TWO last year: Ego Is The Enemy and The Daily Stoic. This episode was originally recorded back in 2012 when he was promoting “Trust Me I’m Lying,” which was his first book – and one that’s proved prescient in the current era of “fake Continue reading "How To Get The Press + Public To Notice Your Work w/ Ryan Holiday"