Entrepreneurship

Video Interview: Eclectic Spacewalk with Tiago Forte

This is the first interview I’ve done that was recorded on video, with Nicholas McCay on his podcast Eclectic Spacewalk. Originally published on their Substack newsletter, you can also read the full transcript. Here’s the show notes: How growing up in a diverse cultural household shaped his worldview. (03:02) Reading and books were always a…

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The 10 Paradoxes of Entrepreneurship

1. Entrepreneurship is hard because it requires someone with a strong command of reason, who is at the same time thoroughly unreasonable You have to be smart to be an entrepreneur, obviously. Modern businesses are complex, and you have to be able to reason effectively if you’re even going to understand how they function. But…

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Zen Courses Podcast With Janelle Allen

I recently joined Janelle Allen on her podcast to talk about “organizing” our learning for better productivity. She is the founder of Zen Courses, where she helps business owners apply learning & marketing strategies to create profitable online courses that change lives. Here’s some of the things we talked about: 5:08 My entrepreneurial journey 9:17 The…

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From Coach to Business podcast

I recently joined Todd Nief and Brandon Heavey on their podcast dedicated to helping fitness professionals start and grow a business. It’s called From Coach to Business, and you can find the website here. We find a surprising number of parallels between productivity, fitness, and business, and had a great time unpacking how lessons learned…

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North Star Podcast: Tiago Forte on the Future of Online Education

Check out my super in-depth, 2-hour conversation with my co-instructor David Perell below. We talk about what we think the future of online education will look like, how creativity and productivity are evolving in the modern world, and what we’ve learned from teaching over 1,000 students through our online courses, Building a Second Brain and…

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Tiago Forte’s Origin Story

I am a first-generation American, born and raised in Orange County in Southern California. I grew up in a mixed Brazilian and Filipino household with two brothers and a sister. Our home was filled with culture and the arts for as long as I can remember. My mother is a talented musician and singer who…

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Servant Hedonism: My Life Philosophy

On a recent Sunday afternoon, while reading on the couch, I was startled to realize that I had a life philosophy.  It’s not a very deep or sophisticated one. It’s not rooted in a grand narrative. It doesn’t specify precisely which rules to follow or which decisions to make. But it has served me well….

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Interview with Paul Millerd, Founder of Boundless U

Below is an interview with Paul Millerd, a freelance strategy consultant and prolific content creator, on his experience turning the knowledge he gained through his consulting work into a series of online courses on Boundless U. We talk about, among other things: Paul’s journey to creating courses (starting with a resume course 5 years ago) Using…

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The Story Behind Building a Second Brain

I first started taking notes on a computer at the age of 22, when I came down with a mysterious illness in college. The pain was inconsistent, varying a lot from day to day. At first I thought it was a temporary thing, that it would soon go away. But it grew steadily worse, over…

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Top 10 Things I Learned from Chimp Essentials

I recently completed an online course called Chimp Essentials, by well-known writer and freelancer Paul Jarvis. The course teaches everything you need to know to be able to effectively use the email service provider Mailchimp for your online communication and marketing. I took Chimp Essentials to finally get serious about email marketing after years of…

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