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99U Podcast: Jad Abumrad’s Talk on “Gut Churn”

We dive into the archive to share this 99U talk about how crappy creativity feels sometimes.

Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, McKeown recommends that we intentionally declutter our lives from the well-intended commitments and activities we’ve accumulated. […]

99U Podcast: Grace Bonney on Building Your Own Empire

The founder of DesignSponge on creating an online business that withstands the test of time.

How to Retire on $25,000 a Year: A Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache

Eight years ago, the man known as Mr. Money Mustache and his wife retired from traditional work—at age 30. They did this after saving money for five years and relentlessly paying off their mortgage. J.D. Roth spoke with Mr. Mustache about how they managed this non-traditional financial feat. Here’s a snippet from their conversation: “We…

The 99U Podcast: Graphic Design Advice with Craig Ward

"The idea of going freelance terrified me. I had no confidence I could turn this into a career."

Creative Business as Art: A Conversation with Wendy Downs

This is an excerpt from Designed to Sell: The Unconventional Guide to Creative Freedom. Wendy Downs is the owner and designer of Moop, a Pittsburg bag company. She sat down with Jen Adrion and Omar Noory to talk about migrating from sculpture to photography to designing, sewing, and selling American made bags—and what it means…

How Much Money Is Enough?: A Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

Research shows that money can buy happiness sometimes—but the amount of money isn’t one-size-fits-all. J.D. Roth talked to Gretchen Rubin about how to find the number that works for you. J.D.: Once people have a certain amount of money or a certain amount of material comfort, that additional money only brings on a marginal... Read More

#097: How to Do More of What You Love (and Less of What You Don’t) [Podcast]

Recently, I recorded two podcasts on the subject of delegation. The first dealt with the principles of delegation (Episode 42). The second suggested how you might delegate even if you don’t have a staff (Episode 43). The primary reason to delegate is that non-delegation doesn’t scale. It is not sustainable. This is why so many […]

#075: My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day. I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more […]

#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?” The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the […]

Encore Episode: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” I use virtually every day in [...]

Encore Episode: How to Develop More Discipline [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! The topic of discipline is always relevant, since most of us struggle to achieve our goals and avoid the distractions [...]

#058: How to Create More Mental Focus [Podcast]

Though we live in a very exciting time in history, it is filled with distractions. Regardless, you and I still have to get real work done. That requires focus. But what if mental focus is not something you either have or don’t have? What if it’s something you could create, on-demand, whenever you need it? [...]

What Really Keeps People from Creating A Website

[if you're reading this via email or RSS, you may need to click through to watch the video. Prefer audio? Click here.] In today’s discussion, Lisa Wood and I talk shop about websites, WordPress, and what keeps people from getting started. We’ve both seen so many brilliant ideas and people get stuck when it comes [...]Show More Summary

What Does It Take to Be a Creative Pro? – A Conversation with Steven Pressfield

Does professionalism stimulate or stifle creativity? When research is essential for your creative work, how do you avoid it becoming an excuse for procrastination? What does it mean to ‘turn pro’ as a creator, and what difference does it make? … Continue reading ?

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