Nicolas Cole

I have been writing online since I was 17 years old.

2007, I was one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in North America with one of the first e-famous gaming blogs on the Internet. By the time I graduated high school, I had over 10,000 daily readers and had positioned myself as a powerful voice in the world of competitive gaming.

2008, I attended arguably one of the top journalism schools in the country, the University of Missouri. My professor addressed our lecture hall of 500 students with a powerful statement: "The world of blogging is a trend and will never be a credible source of writing." As an already established blogger, I disagreed, and transferred schools the next year.

2012, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in creative writing. My first internship was at a digital marketing agency downtown Chicago, and I was introduced to the idea of writing and building an audience on social media. 

2013, I was knee-deep in the world of bodybuilding. I had been lifting for years, and decided to start micro-blogging on Instagram, sharing daily workouts and nutritional advice. In less than a year, I built an audience of 15,000 followers, and became a blogger and influencer for a variety of publications and fitness brands.

2014, I began writing on a platform called Quora. I answered questions relating to all of my interests: gaming, fitness, music, digital marketing, and writing. In less than 3 months, I had my first answer go viral, landing on the front page of Reddit. That answer has since accumulated over 1.1M views. A month later, I had my first Quora answer republished by a major publication, Inc Magazine

2015, I became a Top Writer on Quora and was having a different Quora answer republished by a major publication every single week for almost 6 months straight. Publications include: TIME, Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Observer, Slate, Apple News, and more. I began to establish myself as a thought leader in the world of content writing and personal branding, explaining to people the ins and outs of expressing their unique voice and building an audience online—something I had already done for myself in both the gaming and the fitness industries. 

2016, I had already had so much of my content republished by Inc Magazine that I was given a daily column. Since then, I have written over 200 columns for the publication, accumulating a handful of viral hits, each accumulating anywhere from 100,000 to 1M+ views.

I also published my first book, a memoir called Confessions of a Teenage Gamer, detailing what it was like growing up undiagnosed with celiac disease and at the same time becoming a nationally recognized gamer. The book was self-published and debuted on Amazon reaching #2 in two separate categories. The book has since gone on to sell copies in over 30 countries around the world. 

From the moment I found my first reader online as a gaming blogger, I knew the power of the Internet. I understood the value of having an audience, and slowly learned the art of separating your voice from everyone else's and carving out a niche of your own.

2017, I decided to take everything I have learned about writing online, and this idea of building a personal brand on the Internet, and offer it as a service to serial entrepreneurs, CEOs, and successful business owners. I launched Digital Press, a ghostwriting + influence agency, specializing in writing high-performing content.

What Do I Do?

In addition to being an artist and author, I teach people how to establish themselves and find their own unique voice online. I teach them how to build their personal brand, how to gain a loyal following, and how to write content in a way that attracts massive attention and has the potential to be republished by major publications.

If you're interested in working with me one on one, please contact me here.

Publication Features

Inc Magazine Column

3 Secrets To Getting Published Anywhere You Want

The Trait That's Far More Important Than Creativity

5 Signs You Are Not A True Leader After All

The Key To Success Nobody Wants To Talk About

Why Every CEO Needs Double-Barrel Vision

If You're A Social Media Marketer, Please Don't Make This Mistake

5 Powerful Tips For Speaking With Authority And Confidence

This One Habit Can Completely Rebuild Your Life

The Secret To Productivity? Maximizing Your Downtime In 3 Simple Ways

Do These 5 Things To Live Life By Your Own Design

5 Classics Every Entrepreneur Should Make Time To Read

If You Truly Want To Be Creative, Don't Do These 5 Things

This Investor Shares The 3 Things He Looks For In An Entrepreneur

5 Books All Creative People Need On Their Shelf

4 Ways Your Employees Can Communicate More Effectively

Why Your Brand Voice Is Failing To Say What It Needs To Say

It's Possible To Be Both Creative And Organized. Here's How

The 1 Trait All Successful People Have

4 Inspiring Podcasts For Entrepreneurs

Why The Right Answer To The Wrong Question Is Still The Wrong Answer

5 Books That Will Inspire You To Never Give Up On Your Dreams

7 Tiny Habits That Lead To Huge Results

How You Can Improve Your Life The Most In A Single Day

7 Difficult Lessons Millennials Must Learn The Hard Way

3 Surefire Ways To Jumpstart Your Creativity

8 Motivating Quotes That Will Inspire Your Monday

Why Chicago Is The Newest Entrepreneurial Hot Spot

The Real Reason People Are Unproductive Isn't What You Think

5 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves Daily To Achieve Success

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

What All Millennials Get Wrong About The Internet

5 Books That Will Inspire Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

3 Reasons Compassion Is The Key To Being A Great Leader

What Drake's Deals With Apple And Snapchat Can Teach Us About Marketing Today

10 Positive Habits That Will Immediately Make Life Better

Why Every Leader Needs A Leader

3 Laws Of Productivity That Can Move You To Where You Want To Be

5 Daily Habits That Will Cultivate A Positive Mindset

The 3 Things That Helped This Entrepreneur Go From 1 Restaurant To 175 Locations

5 Books That Will Help You Achieve Work-Life Balance

Company Culture Isn't What You Do, It's How You Do It

3 Ways To Attract The Mentor You Truly Want

6 Types Of Music For Maximum Productivity, According To Science

7 Essential Ways To Build Trust Among Your Employees

8 Reasons Why Giving Up Is The Worst Choice You Could Ever Make

5 Apps That Should Absolutely Be On Your Radar, According To Gary Vaynerchuk

5 Books All Creative Types Should Read Right Now

Why You Need All 5 To Be Successful: Family, Friends, Fitness, Work, Sleep

5 Unconventional Traits All Successful People Have

7 Productive Ways To Spend Memorial Day Weekend

Want To Win A Nobel Prize? Pick Up An Artistic Hobby, Says Science

Why Creativity Doesn't Have To Be Chaotic, And Structure Doesn't Have To Be Boring

USC Marketer Explains How To Immediately Drive Authentic Social Media Growth

The Secret To Insane Productivity

10 Quotes From LeBron James That Will Inspire You To Be A Better Leader

The 1 Trait All Great Leaders Have In Common

The 2 Words That May Be Holding You Back From Success

Procrastination May Be Conducive To Creativity, According To Science

The 1 Thing Nobody Seems To Understand About Microsoft's 26.2 Billion Deal

7 Ways To Make Yourself A Happier Person Every Day

Failure Doesn't Actually Exist. Here's Why

5 Habits Of People Who Always Wake Up On The Right Side Of The Bed

10 Lessons To New Graduates From 10 Successful Entrepreneurs

5 Brutally Honest Reasons A Breakup Could Be Exactly What You Need To Succeed

The 1 Painfully Obvious Reason Nobody Follows You On Social Media

The Brilliant Thing Pokémon Go Can Teach Us About The Future Of Augmented Reality

The Ultimate Guide To Creating An Instagram Profile Everyone Will Want To Follow

This 1 Mindset Shift Will Change The Way You See Earning Money Forever

How This YouTuber Doubled His Viewership By Adding 1 Word To Each Video Title

Everything You Need To Know About Snapchat "Memories" According To Gary Vaynerchuk


Inc Magazine Features

10 Ways to Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Your Guide To Finding and Making the Most of Mentors

Sound Smarter At Your Next Big Meeting With These 5 Tips

3 Hot Marketing Tips That Can Light A Fire Under Your Startup

10 Ways You Can Make Your Life A Little More Beautiful

4 Easy Tricks That Can Help You Become More Productive

To Learn The Secrets of Dedication and Drive, Look No Further Than Michael Jordan

10 Essential Tips For Being The Best At Whatever You Do

All High Achievers Share These 9 Things In Common

7 Secrets Of The Most Productive People

The Huffington Post

The Best High School Hack for Students Wanting to Free Up Time

6 Life Lessons Your Gamer Children Can Learn From Playing Video Games

5 Ways To Become A Quick Learner

10 Tips That Can Take Your Life From Average To Awesome

How To "Fake It Till You Make It" And Be Successful

Thought Catalog

Life Gets Better After High School. This Is My Story.

5 Ways You Can Successfully Contact Business People

10 Things You Must Do To Become The Best At Anything In The World

This Is Why Men Should Not Be Intimidated By Attractive Women

5 Questions All 20-Somethings Should Ask Themselves On A Daily Basis

Business Insider

5 Strategies for Picking Up New Skills

4 Habits That Affect Productivity The Most


How Can Millennials Get Clients And Colleagues To Take Them Seriously?


Use These 5 Tactics To Be Taken Seriously At The Office Even If You're The Youngest There


These Uncommon Habits Will Help You Work Smarter


The Top 10 Good Habits That You Should Follow Daily To Have A Beautiful Life

The Mindset of High Achievers


What's The Best Way To Become Smarter?

How Does Going To The Gym Help In Other Areas Of Life?


Guest Blogs

5 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Read

6 Ways To Always Follow Through With Your Goals

How Can You Handle Other Men Hitting On Your Girlfriend?

7 Signs You're A Natural Born Artist Even If You Don't Feel You Are

5 Things To Do Before You Write Your Own Book

The Truth About Fitness Models And Being A Hard Gainer