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Selfish For Success Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole

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Now that Digital Press is launched and operating, I've been able to get back to doing more podcasts again.

I recently stopped by the Selfish for Success podcast with Dr. Steve Orma, talking about, well, the importance of being selfish with your time in order to become successful.

This is such an interesting topic, and one that tends to prompt all kinds of discussion. 

I am a firm believer that in order to succeed at anything, you have to be selfish with your time. I just also believe "selfish" is the wrong word for it. Being selfish implies that you don't want to give to others, which should never be the case. Instead, I like to use the word "deliberate." 

Being successful requires that you be deliberate with your time.

Click here to listen to the podcast. I explain exactly what I mean.


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. 

Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast Featuring Nicolas Cole

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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.


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.

Featured In Forbes: Leaving My 9-To-5 To Become A Full-Time Writer

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It is beyond humbling to have my story featured in Forbes (click here to read the article)

Whoever said writing is a dying craft got it all wrong.

I remember when I first started writing on the Internet, way back in 2007 as a gamer. The whole world of blogging and content writing at that time was still very, very new, and everyone was trying to find their footing. I just happened to find mine by writing about World of Warcraft and being a ridiculous teenager.

I took a few years after that to study, first journalism at the University of Missouri and then creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. I spent a lot more time reading and writing short stories. That was a big transition for me, taking an early interest in writing blogs about video games and refining it into a more widely accepted form of expression.

When I came back to writing on the Internet in 2015, I stumbled upon Quora. Quora took everything I had thought I'd known about writing and flipped it on its head. Instead of writing things in isolation, I started writing in public again. Every single Question on that site was a writing prompt, and no matter what came out onto the page, I shared it. I let people read that day's work, and told myself whatever the feedback, I would try again the next day.

When people say they want to be a writer, they talk about it as if it's this elusive sort of title—you wear artsy clothes and hang out at coffee shops and carry around old English classics. But it's that context that has made so many people think that writing is dying. How does that fit into our fast-paced world of today?

It doesn't.

Writing isn't dying. Writing is changing, just like every other art form has changed over the years. And if you want to be a successful writer, or successful at whatever it is you love, you have to be willing to learn and adapt to the demands of today.

I still read the classics. If anything, it's what separates me from a lot of other digitally-minded writers. I study Nabokov, and Hemingway, and Dostoevsky. But I also study viral bloggers, and today's best-selling authors. I feed my brain with both, and then think hard about how I can forge a space of my own.

In the past 4 years, I have reached every single writing goal I have set for myself.

The next one?

I want to write and publish a New York Times best seller, independently.

Everyone who has supported my writing, and follows my content on Quora, or my blog, or my Inc column, thank you. You're the reason I push myself to wake up and write something new, every single day.

We've taken it pretty far—a lot farther than a lot of people ever thought.

I want to take it a whole lot farther.

My next book is going to be called How To Leap, and will be coming out in July, 2017.