Personal growth

Announcing the Second Brain Week of Reflection

I’m very proud to announce the Second Brain Week of Reflection, a 5-day immersive seminar dedicated to exploring the deeper implications of “building a second brain” for individuals and society. From May 17–23, 2020, Lauren and I will host 10 people at the Chateau d’Orion, a guest house and cultural center at the foot of

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Famous Failures with Tiago Forte

I recently spoke with Ozan Varol on his podcast Famous Failures. We talked about….what else? Failures! More specifically, we discussed: How Tiago quit his consulting position to pursue a career as an entrepreneur What you can do to prepare for being an entrepreneur Why Tiago’s first business venture was a massive success. How that massive

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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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On Purpose Podcast with Alex Beadon

I recently had a wonderful conversation with entrepreneur and online business evangelist Alex Beadon, on her popular podcast On Purpose. We talked about: How I started Forte Labs Where my inspiration comes from The levels of the Digital Productivity Pyramid The importance of Market Research and my process of getting it done How to get started

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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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What It Feels Like to Have a Second Brain

How does it feel to have a Second Brain? It feels like raw power. Like energy coursing into my mind and body from every source of information I have access to. Like the world is made of ideas, and I have a key to its underlying reality. It feels like I am the master of

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Pleasure as an Organizing Principle

This essay was originally posted on the Ribbonfarm blog. The organizing principle of the modern world is pain. Avoiding it, yes. But also trading in it, taking refuge in it, and using it to justify our actions. Pain has so many uses. Why would you ever give up such a versatile tool? We trade in

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