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The Hustle Sold Separately Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole

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I recently stopped by the Hustle Sold Separately podcast to chat with Matt Gottesman from H&DF Magazine and Case Kenny from PRSUIT

This podcast had quite a few "firsts" for me:

To start, these two guys (the hosts of the show) were the first to nail pretty much my entire bio and journey from start to finish. They started the podcast by going all the way back to my World of Warcraft days, tracing that up through my years as a bodybuilder and fitness model, entering college and my decision to pursue creative writing, my years spent working in advertising, until finally arriving at present day. 

Second, this was the first podcast I've done where I've really discussed my agency and first successful entrepreneurial venture, Digital Press

Third, what I liked most about this podcast is how much we dove into the process of being both a writer and a successful entrepreneur. A lot of the podcasts I do are very marketing focused, and while that's certainly a passion of mine, it's not necessarily my biggest differentiator. I've said it a hundred times: I am an artist first and a marketer second, and the only reason I have become a recognized digital marketer is because I had to learn those skills in order to get people to read my writing.

But it's the writing process and the entrepreneurial journey I care much more about, and think is infinitely more valuable to readers and listeners.

To listen to the podcast, click here. 

Quora Top Writer Meetup 2017 in New York City | #CoffeeWithCole Episode 7

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Quick little update here.

A few weeks ago, I flew to New York for the 2017 Quora Top Writer meetup. The last time I went to a Quora meetup was this same venue two years ago, my first year as a Top Writer. 

I can't believe all the things that have happened since then:

1) Became a columnist for Inc Magazine.

2) Left my 9-5 to become a full-time writer.

3) Have traveled more in the past year than I did in the 5 years prior.

4) Just launched my first company, a ghostwriting + influence agency called Digital Press.

To name a few...

But really, this Quora meetup was so much more than just "another event." The Quora community is such a unique one, and everyone there is so willing to talk, share what they know, and have great conversations. 

(FYI, Entrepreneur Life is real and although it seems like life is all vacations and bottles of wine when you become an entrepreneur, I have been putting in 15+ hour days, week after week, for months now. I'm prioritizing this blog because I want to document the journey.)

I vlogged a bit during my trip to NY. And then my laptop broke so I was MIA for a few weeks. Currently driving the new MacBook Pro—and aside from the fact that the keyboard is absolutely infuriating, it's an incredible computer.

(Check that face out. For more faces, follow me on Instagram. Sitting here with David S. Rose, a pretty big deal in the world of entrepreneurship and investing.) 



What I'm Currently Reading

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Still working my way through The Best American Short Stories 2016. 

Highly suggest.


What's Next?

This week is Techweek in Chicago, so I'll be attending that. Then the following week I'm in Arizona. Then two weeks after that I'm in Nantucket (first time ever going there, so I'm pretty pumped). 

Then moving to Los Angeles at the end of July.

Big things happening.

Mountains In Bogota, Beaches In Cartagena, Colombia | #CoffeeWithCole Episode 6

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"Where should we go today?" I asked the girl whose knees make a cameo in the above photo.

She brought her lips together, thinking hard. "Mmmm, let's go to the beach. But if it's storming, let's not. But maybe it won't storm. We can see if it's going to storm?"

"Exploring it is," I said. We had come all this way—might as well.

For seven days, we were Colombians. We got lost in the city streets of Bogota, and walked our naked toes along the coral in the ocean. We sat in tiny cafes drinking fresh guanoabana juice while hiding from the rain, pulling our chairs further inside to safety. We ate ceviche and I tried to order more guacamole in Spanish, which she would correct for the waiter, prompting a nod and a smile that said yes, I think I understand. We saw candy cane churches, the exterior a swirling red and white pattern from bottom to top, and we apologized to the guards who told us we could not take pictures of the Capitolio Nacional. We took a cable car up to the top of Monserrate, the mountain that overlooks the vastness that is Bogota, and we spent hours swishing our hands in the warm water of Playa Blanca. 

With each experience, she smiled with nostalgia, and at the same time introduced me to her old friend: home.

This was my first time in Colombia.

One of the greatest challenges I have faced as a writer is remembering the value of not-doing. In fact, catch me in a quiet moment and I will tell you that writing, true writing, has very little to do with "doing," and far more to do with "allowing." 

Ideas, good ones at least, cannot be demanded to work. 

They are like children. All you can do is bring them to the park and let them run around. They will bring their grandest discoveries back to you. Trust.

It didn't hit me until we were lying beside the rooftop pool of our hotel in Cartagena that it has been almost five years since I have taken a vacation in a warm climate. I went to Europe at the start of the year, but it was rainy and cold the entire time, and we did a lot more sightseeing than we did relaxing. 

In Colombia, we saw a lot. But we also relaxed. We kicked our feet up in hammocks and watched the clouds pass through the mountains. We walked up and down the beach, climbing rocks to find a better view of the endless horizon. And I became aware of how long it has been since letting go of the constant need to "do."

I felt like I was seeing the world through new eyes again.

This is the value of travel. This is also the value of stepping away. Productivity, goal-setting, awareness of what you need to get done today so that you can move forward tomorrow, all these things are essential for long-term growth and ultimately "success."

But there is a different kind of success that comes with exploration. 

The kind that only asks one thing of you:

Look around.



What I'm Currently Reading

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So, this was definitely an impulse buy at the bookstore a month ago. I just cracked it open, and I'm hooked. The Best American Short Stories 2016. 

I never really got into short stories when I was studying creative writing in college—I'm not sure why. Maybe I just wasn't ready for the form yet. Either way, I'm on board now, and a big reason why is because of how much movement is packed into a handful of pages. 

Short stories don't waste any time. (I also find reading fiction, in particular, to be extremely colorful, and I find my own writing is far more descriptive and immersive when I am reading stories.)


What's Next?

Well, I'm moving to LA at the end of July (if you didn't already catch that on Instagram). I'm heading out there next week to look at spots.

But before that, I'll be in New York this Thursday for the Quora Top Writer meet up—which I'm really excited for. There are going to be a few editors from major publications there as well, so that will be cool.

I have been getting a lot of requests to start doing more vlogs, and to make my YouTube channel actually active. I'll be completely honest, I think of all the platforms out there, I'm the least knowledgable about YouTube and what makes a vlog compelling (I'm a writer, remember).

If anyone has any suggestions, good resources to check out, or even just things you'd like to see me vlog and talk about, PLEASE share. Comment here. Tweet me. Instagram me. Pigeon mail me. Whatever works for you. 

Cheers.

Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole

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Unreal.

For those that don't know, the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast is a big milestone. It's one of the biggest podcasts in its niche, and the fact that I got the opportunity to chat about my journey with John Lee Dumas, the host (and pretty awesome entrepreneur himself) was so cool.

I remember when I first started getting into talking on podcasts. One of my friends said, "Man, one day you'll be on like, Entrepreneur On Fire, or something." That was three years ago.

Just goes to show the power of patience and persistence. 

Anyway, on this podcast I got into the nitty-gritty of how I became one of the Top Writers on Quora, got my column with Inc Magazine, and mastered the Quora system to get work featured in TIME, Forbes, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, The Chicago Tribune, and dozens more.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Cheers!

The jumbleThink Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole: Millennials, Writing Online, and More

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Last week, I chatted with Michael Woodward over at jumbleThink—a podcast focused around helping dreamers, makers, innovators and influencers dream big and refine their ideas. 

This was a really fun podcast. He asked some awesome questions, and I got fired up talking about the Millennial generation. 

Listen below, or check out the full post about the episode on the jumbleThink website here.