Deviance, Obsession, and Sharing Your Gifts with the World: A Conversation with Bill O’Hanlon


Therapist, writer, coach, businessman, iconoclast: Bill O’Hanlon has a complicated résumé.

Bill is someone who approaches life and business with a lot of curiosity and humor.

Sonia Simone and Bill got together to talk about his passionate approach to business, therapy, and life.

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How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part One


New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat about creativity and the writing life.

Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation.

In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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The Art of Working Between Your Comfort Zone and Your Panic Zone


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur wasn’t always an entrepreneur. He attended Harvard and worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, did policy work for the National Economic Council at the White House, and political organizing for the Service Employees International Union.

Then he gave it all up to become an entrepreneur.

He is the CEO and co-founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for young people. Each month, more than 20,000,000 readers rely on Mic’s unique sensibility to stay informed and make sense of the world.

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Carl Smith on Hiring the Best People and Creating a Better Business Story


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur — as well as a self-proclaimed “deviant hippie” who is attempting to maximize his “god” years.

He is the founder of nGen Works, a digital strategy firm that uses research, technology, and creativity to help their clients stand out online. They’ve recently transitioned from a traditional agency model to a fully-distributed team.

He is also the co-host of the Friendly Fire podcast.

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Lindsay Ostrom on Making the Leap from School Teacher to Full-Time Food Blogger


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a blogger, food enthusiast, and entrepreneur. Along with her husband and business partner, they have created Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro.

She spent the last five years teaching elementary school by day and blogging about food by night.

She always went back-and-forth about becoming a full-time blogger, but in June 2014, she officially made the jump to living the crazy full-time-food-blogging dream.

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Writer Porn: Standing Desks, Binge Reading, and James Patterson’s MasterClass


This week, award-winning, globe-trotting travel journalist Adam Skolnick returns as guest host of The Writer Files for another edition of Writer Porn to discuss pertinent, writerly paraphernalia.

Adam is the author and co‐author of 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks. He has also written for publications as varied as the New York Times,, Men’s Health, Outside, and Playboy.

He recently finished his first narrative nonfiction book — based on his award-winning New York Times coverage of the death of the greatest American free diver of all time — titled One Breath (slated for publication in January).

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