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Wes Kao is the co-founder of Maven. Before that, she co-founded of the altMBA with Seth Godin. She's also a writer and content creator. In this episode, her and Alex discuss overcoming self-conciousness as a creator, gained 150k twitter followers in a year, running a start up, unconventional routes of education, and having a spiky point of view. Pl…
 
Luke Beard is the CEO of Any Distance. A privacy-first Activity Tracking and sharing app, as well as the founder of Exposure. He also takes great photos. In this episode, he and Alex discuss the choice to build an edgy brand, recently raising $1.5M in venture funding, as well as essentials to operating a start up in 2022. Please leave a 5-star revi…
 
Steph Barron Hall is a coach, consultant, podcast host, and author dedicated to helping her audience understand the enneagram and apply it in real life through her brand Nine Types Co. Please leave a 5-star review on Apple & Spotify! This episode was edited and produced by Josh Perez. Follow Make Something Cool on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or You…
 
Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, author, and mental health advocate. Her company, ZenFounder, helps entrepreneurs and leaders navigate transition, rapid growth, loss, and any manner of complex human experience. Please leave a 5-star review on Apple & Spotify! This episode was edited and produced by Josh Perez. Foll…
 
Danny Miranda is the host of The Danny Miranda Podcast (currently a top 1% podcast in the world) and in this episode he and Alex discuss his optimism, visualizing his future success, and embracing incremental growth. Please leave a 5-star review on Apple & Spotify! This episode was edited and produced by Josh Perez. Follow Make Something Cool on In…
 
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your creati…
 
“My goal is not to form an opinion. It’s to understand.” - Rick Rubin This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your creative pr…
 
“It’s easy to stand with the crowd, it takes courage to stand alone.” – Gandhi This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your cr…
 
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” ― Anne Lamott This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want t…
 
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” — Tupac Shakur This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want…
 
“No matter how sophisticated our choices, how good we are at dominating the odds, randomness will have the last word.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to w…
 
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. — Confucius This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your…
 
“I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy..." ― Elon Musk This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make pro…
 
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” ― Michelle Obama This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get do…
 
“They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your creative proj…
 
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." – Søren Kierkegaard This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to mak…
 
“Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.” — Cheryl Strayed This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shi…
 
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." — Lao Tzu This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your…
 
“Distraction remains a destroyer of depth.” ― Cal Newport This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your creative projects every…
 
“Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.” — James Baldwin This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progr…
 
“Judgement, not work, determines success and failure. Good judgement is the product of a calm and curious mind, reasoning without motivation and attachment. Whatever strengthens your ego weakens your judgement, and ultimately, your success.” ― Naval Ravikant This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creativ…
 
"Self Love is an immune system. It kills the virus of self harm." — Jaiya John This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your cr…
 
“Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theater is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life.” — Albert Einstein This episode c…
 
"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." — Toni Morrison This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to ge…
 
“Focusing is about saying No.” ― Steve Jobs This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today. The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today. Want to make progress on your creative projects every day? Sign up …
 
Make Daily is email & podcast designed to help you take action on your creative project every single day. Every morning, you'll receive a new podcast & newsletter that contains: 💡 An idea from a successful creator 🤔 A reflection on how that idea relates to your work ✅ A simple action you can take on your project to keep making progress Sign up here…
 
Isaac Lee is a musician and the founder of Koldwater Audio. He previously worked at The Ringer where he produced podcasts like Binge Mode and The David Chang show. In this episode, Isaac talks to Alex about how he got into the audio and podcasting space, the lack of good resources available for those interested in podcasting, what makes podcasts ma…
 
Mike Smith is the co-founder and art director of Smith & Diction, a branding and design studio based in Philadelphia. In this episode, Mike talks to Alex about how skate culture launched him into his career, why brand identity matters, how he's learned to embrace systems that are disposable, and what happens when a brand has no soul. Sign up for Fi…
 
Vuhlandes is a photographer and vlogger based out of Detroit and one of Alex's favorite creators. In this episode, Vuhlandes shares with Alex why no other city feels like home, how he trains his eyes every day to see things through a camera lens, how documenting what he sees is sometimes controversial, and how he's learned that no one owes him anyt…
 
Rory Sutherland is the vice chairman of Ogilvy, one of the most prestigious ad agencies in the world. He is also the author of Alchemy and the co-author of Transport for Humans. In this episode, Rory talks with Alex about how we're not as logical as we think, how we tend to post-rationalize the past, why he would rather go to the Double Tree Hotel …
 
Luke Burgis is an author, entrepreneur, and professor. In this episode, we discuss his book Wanting: The power of mimetic desire in every day life. This episode of Make Something Cool is brought to you by Riverside, the best online recording solution in the world. Check out Riverside here at https://riverside.fm/lp. Sign up for Find Something Cool,…
 
Jesse Bryan is the founder and CEO of Belief Agency, which helps brands craft stories based on the conviction that the truth is enough. In this episode, Jesse shares how Belief got started, the use of storytelling in history, the rise and fall of Mark Driscoll, what marketing and advertising get wrong, and how being vulnerable can add value to your…
 
Alex talks with Brett of DesignJoy about he manages his one-man design business that makes over $1M per year. This episode of Make Something Cool is brought to you by Riverside, the best online recording solution in the world. Check out Riverside here at https://riverside.fm/lp. Sign up for Find Something Cool, a curated newsletter designed to keep…
 
In this episode, Alex shares some lessons he learned in his twenties that he'll carry with him for the rest of his life. The full thread can be read here -> https://mobile.twitter.com/alex_sugg/status/1477749582620762112 - This episode of Make Something Cool is brought to you by Riverside, the best online recording solution in the world. Check out …
 
Joshua Ariza is a designer and illustrator who has worked with brands like Billabong, Nike, Netflix, and Disney. He's also the owner of the apparel brand Chomp. In this episode, Joshua talks about how his own creative journey has helped him be more resourceful, value quality over quantity, and, most of all, have fun. - This episode of Make Somethin…
 
Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. In this episode, Oliver talks to Alex about the importance of managing time with your limits, finitude, and mortality in mind. This episode of Make Something Cool is brought to you by Riverside, the best online recording solution in the world. Check …
 
Ryan Booth is a filmmaker who's directed work for brands like Google, Spotify, and Amazon, as well as creating multiple features of his own. In this episode, Ryan talks about his approach to storytelling, finding the good in his past creative work, and how he found his visual identity at a photography workshop in Cambodia. This episode of Make Some…
 
Kristin Neff is an associate professor of Educational Psychology at UT Austin and is an expert on self-compassion. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is the author of two books--Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, and her new book Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harne…
 
In this episode, Alex talks about the goals and reflections he's had for 2022, introduces a new sponsor (Riverside), and announces the launch of Find Something Cool, a new weekly newsletter. This episode of Make Something Cool is brought to you by Riverside, the best online recording studio in the world. Check out Riverside here! Sign up for Find S…
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast Brian McDonald is the chief storyteller at Belief Agency, as well as an award-winning screenwriter, author, director, teacher, producer, and consultant who has worked in film, television, and comic books for more than 30 years. He's helped clients like Pixar, Disney, HBO, and m…
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast Polina Pompliano is the creator of The Profile which is a media company that studies the most successful people, companies in business, entertainment, tech, sports, and more. In this episode we discuss her transition into becoming a full-time creator, what insights she has foun…
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast James Clear is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. He also writes the popular 3-2-1 newsletter, which is sent out to over 1 million subscribers ev…
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast - Steph Smith is a productivity superhero. She leads the Trends newsletter for The Hustle, and is also an Author and writes about content creation, time management, learning to code, remote work and much more. She also has a podcast called The Shit You Don't Learn In School. In…
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast - Jack Butcher is the mind behind Visualize Value. Visualize Value has become a must-follow account for creators who build online. This episode is a masterclass in how to build on the internet. In it, we talk about Jack's journey of making $1m in his first 18 months of VV, the …
 
Get new episodes sent directly to your inbox → www.alexsugg.com/podcast - Jeremy Cohen on Content Creation and Bringing Positive Energy Into Your Work (#081) Jeremy Cohen (@jermcohen) is a photographer and content creator based in New York. He's photographed celebrities like President Joe Biden, Post Malone, and Lizzo along with working with brands…
 
Get new articles, podcasts and interviews sent to your inbox | www.alexsugg.com - I've always been fascinated by the craftsmanship that takes place in the kitchen, and that is why I asked Chef Eric Adjepong to be on the podcast this week. In this episode we talk about his time being a finalist on Top-Chef, how he fell in love with cooking, the infl…
 
Get new articles, podcasts and interviews sent to your inbox | www.alexsugg.com - "Anything that improves human well-being usually comes with some form of discomfort." Michael Easter is the author of the book The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self. In this interview, we discuss... The important role of bore…
 
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