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A podcast about productivity, habits, decision making, and personal finance. Hosted by Darius Foroux, a productivity enthusiast, author, and entrepreneur since 2010.
 
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I recently conducted a survey on my newsletter. 2,219 people participated.With 88% of the workforce admitting that they procrastinate at least one hour a day, it’s safe to say this is a widespread issue. This result is also in stark contrast with previous research that showed 25% - 75% of people procrastinate. It's more common than we assume.On ...…
 
Do you know that feeling of being so busy that time flies with a blink of an eye? We’re so busy with all kinds of things—work, friends, going out, holidays, etc. But being busy is not a good thing at all.On this episode, I discuss my article Why I Stopped Being Busy (https://dariusforoux.com/being-busy/) and how I slow down time.I hope you find ...…
 
Thank you for listening and subscribing to my podcast! I appreciate the support and I'm committed to delivering more value to you. It’s been a while since I did an episode about the things I’ve recently learned. So on this episode, I’m back at it again. I also share what I’ve learned from experimenting with video and audio over the last few mon ...…
 
On this episode, I invited Jonas Salzgeber, author of The Little Book Of Stoicism, to join me. We talk about how we can use stoic ideas to live better. We also talk about creating things. Too often, we think “that’s already been done” when we want to write a book, create an app, or start a business. But that shouldn’t hold us back.Jonas’ first ...…
 
Rick is the founder of Taser. He started the company in his garage. And now, it’s valued at 3 billion dollars. On this episode, we talk about how he started the company, dealt with failure, and his mission to change the world. He just published a book called The End Of Killing (https://amzn.to/2JBxfZZ). In the book, he shares a roadmap to a saf ...…
 
Are you working on a lot of things? Is your attention not on one thing? There’s a big chance that you will not achieve the best possible results. Or worse: You might fail if you try to achieve many things at the same timeThe reason is simple: Most of us believe that success happens all at once. Real life is different. Keller and Papasan put it ...…
 
Does your reading list keep growing? Did you buy books that you’ve never read? It might be time to cross more books from your list this year than ever.If you’re reading less than you want, you’re not the only one. A few years ago, I looked at my Goodreads page and noticed that I had read only five books that year. That realization frustrated me ...…
 
You don’t need to be rich to be free or independent. Too many of us are held captive by money. Rich AND poor are both consumed by it. But that’s not freedom. That’s the money trap.On this episode, I share 2 tips that will help you break free from the money trap. To get over your fear of money, you need to do two things:1. Acquire income produci ...…
 
Price’s law is something that can truly change the outcome of your life and career. It can make you or BREAK you. On this episode, I explain why that is and how you can use it to become successful. The rule says: 50% of the work is done by the square root of the total number of people who participate in the work.I didn’t know about Price’s law ...…
 
One of the best strategies to build a career is to acquire valuable skills. I learned about this concept from How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. He calls this concept Talent Stacking (I don’t like the word talent because it implies nature, I prefer skill because it implies nurture), and writes:“Successwise, you’r ...…
 
I might as well ask you: “Can you ever be done with eating food?” “Of course not!” you would probably answer. Well, some people actually believe they can be finished with personal development. They stop reading books or quit going to the gym. These are the people who follow trends. We need to realize that life is built from fundamentals and tha ...…
 
Writing every day has truly changed my life. Through writing, you reformulate important life lessons in your own words. And because of this repetition, the wisdom of life becomes your second nature. That’s when you live the ideas.So even though you are writing and talking to yourself, you ingrain the wisdom in your character so that it becomes ...…
 
How much time should I spend thinking instead of doing? It’s one of the biggest questions I struggle with. One side of me says “without doing you will never achieve anything.”Another side says “without thinking things through, you might end up doing the wrong things.”Thinking by itself is worthless because if you never do anything, what’s the u ...…
 
There’s this idea in Eastern and Western philosophy that we must learn how to enjoy the present moment without getting distracted by the past or future.But that's hard because our natural state of mind is to be lost in thought. We are constantly thinking, stressing, worrying, and being preoccupied by a force that seems outside of control. And i ...…
 
Laura has been writing about productivity since 2009. In her latest book, Off The Clock, she shares proven principles for getting more done so can have more free time. And we can use that free time to do the things we always wanted to do.Link to Off The Clock book: https://amzn.to/2EGaGhELink to her website and podcast: https://lauravanderkam.c ...…
 
Money doesn’t make you happy. And yet, we need it to live. So what do we do? Try hard to make more money? Or, be content with what we have?The problem is that both options come with high costs.We’ve all heard about the research that says you won’t be happier if you earn more than $75K or some other magic figure.We’ve all heard about these studi ...…
 
I’m often asked: “How do you remember the information you read in books?” In this post, I’ll explain my system.1. Have A Purpose—Only read books that teach you how to overcome your current challenges.2. See Yourself As A Teacher—Sharing knowledge is a great application. You might not be a teacher, but if you act like one, you’re already applyin ...…
 
The recipe for happiness is not some kind of secret. We all know that money, status, fame, or respect does not make us happy. Happiness is a state of mind.How do I get in a happy state of mind? One word: Gratitude. Read the article: http://dariusforoux.com/the-quickest-hack-to-happiness The Darius Foroux Show is now also available in video! Che ...…
 
We often think that there are winners and losers in life. We think that it’s a zero sum game. But is that really the case? P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: https://blinkist.com/dariusI use this app every day to learn something new. They create quality summaries of top non-fiction ...…
 
Hey there! How are you? How's work? If you don't love it, listen to this episode!I didn't like my career until 3 years ago. And back then, I got a lot of encouragement to pursue my dream career. I glad I took action. In today's episode, I want to encourage you to take action too!P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite acce ...…
 
I interviewed Cal Newport about is new book, Digital Minimalism. I’ve found the book very useful. Since technology is starting to take over our lives, we need a strategy for dealing with it.If we don’t have a strategy, we risk losing control. In this interview, Cal gives practical advice, based on research, to reclaim your life. Digital Minimal ...…
 
1. What are my strengths?2. How do I perform?3. What are my values?These three questions will help you figure out your dream career. On this episode, I share why these questions matter and what you want to get out of the answers. Read my article with more tips about this topic: http://dariusforoux.com/3-career-questionsBook I recommend: Managin ...…
 
"Don’t wish for things to happen the way you would like them to. Rather, welcome whatever happens. This is the path to peace, freedom, and happiness.” That’s a quote by the stoic philosopher, Epictetus. On the latest episode of my podcast, I deconstruct this idea and give my perspective on it. Sometimes things happen that we didn’t expect. But ...…
 
The basic principle of Stoicism. Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3QpqlBy Darius Foroux.
 
In Stoicism, you look at facts, not perceptions.Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3QpqlBy Darius Foroux.
 
In life, we have a task. Our main duty. We must focus on that at all times.Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3QpqlBy Darius Foroux.
 
It’s tempting to stick your nose into other people’s business. But in Stoicism that’s a weakness. Focus on your own life.Get A Manual For Living by Epictetus: https://amzn.to/2G3QpqlBy Darius Foroux.
 
One of my favorite apps of all time is Blinkist. Ever since I discovered the app in 2015, I’ve been using it almost every day. Instead of reading the news or browsing social media apps, I read book summaries on Blinkist. It’s the perfect way to get your day started. Or, when I’m at the gym I listen to book summaries. I can go on forever about h ...…
 
On this episode, I talk about inverting, my favorite learning strategy. You can apply it to achieving any goal.P.S. Don’t have time to read books?Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: http://blinkist.com/dariusI use this app every day to learn something new. They create quality summaries of top non-fiction books.Want to ...…
 
About three years ago, I made a discovery that changed the course of my career and life. I’ve been working many different jobs since I was 17. I also studied business and marketing, getting a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 2010, I started my first business.I acquired many different skills. And when I started my blog in 2015, I could use t ...…
 
What’s a big goal or dream that you have? Do you want to start a business? Become a fulltime author? Travel the world? Become financially independent? Change careers?I bet you’ve thought about it, and at some point thought, “I’m not sure I can achieve that.”If you’re anything like me, you always think about risks that are involved with making a ...…
 
On this episode, I talk to Austin Floyd, an online marketer and blogger, about online marketing. Austin recently emailed me about installing a Facebook Pixel on my site. Instead of trying to sell something, he provided value.We talk about that strategy, and many more topics that are useful to all bloggers and online entrepreneurs.Check out Aust ...…
 
In 2015, I quit my bullshit job. It wasn’t a bad job or anything. I just felt that my job didn’t contribute to anything meaningful. And that’s the definition of a bullshit job—something I talk about with David Graeber on this podcast. I recently read his book with the same title and believe that we will all be better off if we stop doing bullsh ...…
 
The secret of improving your writing skills is to get training. Ernest Hemingway once said: "It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” But how do you learn to write? How do you practice?On this episode, I share my system for improving your writing skills. I’ve used it to write nearly 25 ...…
 
Do you sometimes feel like you're wasting your potential? And do you also feel unsure about how you can even reach your full potential?If so, you're like any other ambitious person who wants to make the best of his/her life. Because to me, that's what "reaching your potential" means. And on this episode, I talk about how we can pursue our full ...…
 
Never have good ideas to write about? Or do you think your writing sucks? Listen to this!I recently published an article about why everyone should form a daily writing habit. It’s one of the few universal habits that can improve everyone’s life. I received several questions about that article (read the full article here: https://dariusforoux.co ...…
 
How do you measure happiness? How do you know that you’re truly happy? I only have one measure for happiness. I simply ask myself one question. On this episode, I share that measure.P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: https://blinkist.com/dariusI use this app every day to learn somet ...…
 
Thinking is a tool. And instead of using that tool during the 16 or 17 hours that you’re awake, only use it when you NEED it.But how do you do that? I share a few tips on this episode.P.S. Don’t have time to read books? Try Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app, for FREE: https://blinkist.com/dariusI use this app every day to learn som ...…
 
Over the years, I’ve adopted many different “positive” habits.To me, a habit is positive when it improves the quality of my life. A lot has been written about forming habits.How hard is? How long does it take? What’s the best way to break habits? How do we adopt new habits?My experience is that everyone can adopt any habit they want. There’s on ...…
 
In a perfect world, everything is steady. You can make plans that actually come true 100% of the time. You can anticipate things in advance.But as you and I both know, that’s not how life works.In real life, a single random (and unexpected) event can suddenly screw up all your plans, goals, and good intentions to make a change.On this episode, ...…
 
Do you have plans, goals, ideals, or outcomes that you want to achieve? And do you get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan?If so, I want to share a simple, yet powerful idea with you on this episode.I learned this from Jocko Willink’s book Discipline Equals Freedom (https://bit.ly/2w2BEM8). The idea is very simple. Jocko believes ...…
 
What’s the purpose of productivity, doing work, and getting things done? Some people think it’s only about the rewards.I’m not that type. I enjoy the process of doing work. But only if it’s useful work. And to do useful work, I need to be organized. However, there are times that I use an empty calendar to maximize my output.On this episode, I t ...…
 
I started my first website and blog in 2011 when I started my first business. At the time, blogging was already very popular for businesses. In fact, some "experts" said that blogging was dead.That's so funny to me. People make these outrages claims all the time.When I started my personal blog in 2015, it was exactly the same."Blogging is dead! ...…
 
When we face illness, financial problems, or adversity in our relationships, we’re quick to think it’s THE END. And once we get stuck in a negative thinking pattern, we lose motivation.And what happens when we lose motivation? Right, we give up.So how can we get over that? How can we stay motived during tough times? After going through a lot of ...…
 
When I talk about working hard, there are always Einsteins who try to tell us that they work “smart.” Good for them. But that’s not what I’m talking about. On this episode, I talk about what I mean by hard work and why it's a mindset.Read my article on accelerated learning: https://dariusforoux.com/accelerate-your-learning-curve/P.S. Don’t have ...…
 
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about blogging recently. My readers and listeners are also interested in turning blogging into a career. And yes, that’s possible. On this episode, I share 1 tip that has helped me to build an audience. Books I mention:Snowball by Alice Schroeder: https://amzn.to/2N1JNZ5 The Little Book Of Common Sense Inves ...…
 
On this episode, I talk about the difference between having an active mindset vs a passive mindset, avoiding boredom, and always having something to do.Books I mention: On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca: https://amzn.to/2y7ggK0 How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie: https://amzn.to/2JBpnnfYou can also read them on Blinkist: ...…
 
On this episode, talk about two books that help you to get better at setting goals and creating systems. These two books recommend the opposite strategy. One promotes systems, the other promotes goals. Listen to this episode to hear why it’s important to read both.Read my article about goals and systems: https://dariusforoux.com/goals-dont-repl ...…
 
On this episode, I share tips to improve your mood. Also, I was in a good mood myself when I was recording this podcast!This episode is sponsored by Blinkist, my favorite accelerated learning app. They have summaries of my all-time favorite books like On The Shortness Of Life, Man’s Search For Meaning, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living, and ...…
 
Derek Price, who was a British physicist, historian of science, and information scientist, discovered something about his peers in academia. He noticed that there were always a handful of people who dominated the publications within a subject.Price found out the following (now called Price’s law):50% of the work is done by the square root of th ...…
 
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