Podcast Episode 21
with our guest Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Adam Smiley Poswolsky: The Quarter-Life Breakthrough


Today my guest is Smiley Poswolsky, a millennial workplace expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough and The Breakthrough Speaker. Smiley is somebody that I met through friends. It turns out I’ve got three or four friends, who aren’t friends with each other, who all know Smiley. In our conversation today, we talk about the qualities of a good prank, the value of making the ask, not waiting for permission, the gatekeeper is often yourself. Smiley talks about writing the book you need, writing about whatever people are asking you. And then he gets into a few tips about public speaking. So, if sharing from a stage is something that you’re interested to do, Smiley’s a good guy to know. One of the things I love about this conversation is Smiley talks about his lifestyle. It made me think about the healthy writer’s lifestyle as opposed to maybe the unhealthy writer’s lifestyle. Where Smiley’s not fueled all the time by caffeine or alcohol or amphetamines or some of these things that might be conducive for productivity in the short term, but have a very bad outcome. I think Smiley is a great example of somebody who lives a very workable lifestyle that makes a big difference in the lives of many others while simultaneously earning money and having a good time doing it. 

Show Notes

00:02:25 – Burning man prank.
00:11:54 – Camp grounded.
00:18:33 – Who Adam writes to.
00:33:39 – Inner vs outer authority.
00:55:16 – The most surprising thing learned over the course of writing.
01:02:59 – Lightning round.
01:11:57 – Discussing the craft of writing.
01:27:35 – Adam’s process for finishing a book.

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