David Kadavy

David Kadavy is author of Mind Management, Not Time Management, The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers.

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Love Your Work is the intellectual playground of David Kadavy, bestselling author of three books – including Mind Management, Not Time Management – and former design advisor to Timeful – a Google-acquired productivity app.

Love Your Work is where David shows you how to be productive when creativity matters, get things done and breed Black Swans in your career as a creator. Dig into the archives for insightful conversations with Dan Ariely, David Allen, Seth Godin, James Altucher, and many more.

David is an underrated writer and thinker. In an age of instant publication, he puts time, effort and great thought into the content and work he shares with the world.
—Jeff Goins, bestselling author of Real Artists Don’t Starve

To hear interviews of David, here is a complete list of podcasts he’s been on.

Posts from the Love Your Work Podcast Category

Why I Quit Podcasting – Love Your Work, Episode 308

August 10, 2023

Quit PodcastingAfter nearly eight years of the Love Your Work podcast, I’m quitting. Here’s why, and What’s Next.
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A.I. Can’t Bake – Love Your Work, Episode 307

July 27, 2023

AI Can't BakeYou’ve probably heard that, in a blind taste test, even experts can’t tell between white and red wine. Even if this were true – and it’s not – it wouldn’t matter.
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Summary: The Triumph of Doubt by David Michaels – Love Your Work, Episode 306

July 13, 2023

The Triumph of DoubtWe trust the food we eat, the drinks we drink, and the air we breathe are safe. That in case they’re unsafe, someone is working to minimize our exposure, or at least tell us the risks. In The Triumph of Doubt, former head of OSHA David Michaels reveals how companies fight for their rights to sell harmful products, expose workers to health hazards, and pollute the environment. They do it by manufacturing so-called “science.” Most this science is built not upon proving they’re not causing harm, but by doing whatever they can to cast doubt. Here, in my own words, is a summary of The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception.
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Hedgehogs and Foxes – Love Your Work, Episode 305

June 29, 2023

Hedgehogs FoxesAccording to philosopher Isaiah Berlin, people think in one of two different ways: They’re either hedgehogs, or foxes. If you think like a hedgehog, you’ll be more successful as a communicator. If you think like a fox, you’ll be more accurate.

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Too Many Ideas, Must Pick One – Love Your Work, Episode 304

June 15, 2023

too many ideasMany creators and aspiring creators struggle not because they don’t have enough ideas, but because they have too many. Their situations, in summary, are “Too many ideas, must pick one.” Embedded in this belief are assumptions that, if challenged, can help you feel as if you have just enough ideas.

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Livestream/AMA: Publishing Outside Amazon, Focusing Curiosity, and Mind Management – Love Your Work, Episode 303

June 01, 2023

AMA May 2023Today I have a special episode for you. keep on reading »

The Four Sources of Shiny Object Syndrome – Love Your Work, Episode 302

May 18, 2023

Four Sources of Shiny Object SyndromeShiny object syndrome can be evidence of a problem, or it can be a normal part of the creative process. If you can identify the four sources of shiny object syndrome, you can tell the difference between being lost, or simply exploring.
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1,500 Words on Writing a 5-Word Tweet – Love Your Work, Episode 301

May 04, 2023

how to write a tweetWriting a tweet is a microcosm of writing a book. If you think deeply and carefully about every word in a tweet, and what the tweet as a whole communicates, you can extend those skills to all your writing. In this article, I’ll break down how to think about every word in a tweet, nearly tripling its performance.
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The Mechanics of Media – Love Your Work, Episode 300

April 20, 2023

Mechanics of Media Every message is shaped by the mechanics of media. Whether it’s a tweet, a TikTok video, a news article, or a movie, the characteristics of the medium determine how it’s made, how it’s consumed, and whether it spreads. If you understand the mechanics of media, you can more effectively communicate in a wide variety of mediums, and protect yourself from being manipulated by media.

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Why Make Predictions? (and How) – Love Your Work, Episode 299

April 06, 2023

Make predictionsMaking, recording, and evaluating predictions is a simple way to improve your thinking and decision-making. But the way to properly make and record predictions isn’t obvious. In this article, I’ll share some predictions I’ve made, what I’ve learned, and how you can improve your thinking by making predictions.

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