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Nick Wolny
VIP Contributor @ Entrepreneur, Fast Company, NBC, FOX. Named a 40 Under 40 by Houston Business Journal. Research-minded content on behavior & online business.

I’m Nick Wolny, a contributing writer for Entrepreneur and Fast Company and have given over 60 live TV interviews with NBC, FOX, and CBS on technology and marketing. Thanks for visiting my profile.

Professionally, I help small business owners and online entrepreneurs with media and marketing strategy. Personally, I recently relocated to Los Angeles from Houston and love anything related to science, entrepreneurship, process, or drag queens.

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Digital Life

Weighing a new GLAAD report against the queer experience

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I’m worried — but not for reasons you might think.

Last month saw the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) release its first-ever Social Media Safety Index. As CEO Sarah Kate Ellis notes in the report’s press release, the original intention of the research was to grade five of the most popular social media platforms on safety and inclusion for queer people. When researchers realized their criteria would lead to every platform receiving a failing grade, they reworked the results into more of an industry report with recommendations for improvement.

The report is a call-to-arms to big tech, a…


How to make progress when “The Zone” is a distant, aspirational fantasy

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Interesting coincidence: All my 1-on-1 clients have babies at the moment.

The youngest child making cameos on our Zoom calls is about six weeks old. Others are either infants or toddlers. All of them are absolutely adorable.

I’m not a parent myself, but when you become one I imagine your benchmarks for productivity and focus quickly get flipped upside-down.

In one recent client conversation, we joked back and forth about the challenges of working in this so-called “high-interruption” environment. …


Entrepreneurship

Thinking is a double-edged sword.

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Are you curious about the creator economy, but find yourself getting stuck or stopped when it’s time to make decisions?

Do you feel like your brain is buzzing with ideas around how to make money online, leaving you excited — but also unable to focus?

If you’re smart and/or ambitious, online business and the overall creator economy could be your opportunity to flourish.

To do so, however… you’ll have to get out of your own head first. Let’s discuss how to spot some of the most common obstacles to getting started online — and how to overcome them.

Why smart, ambitious people often struggle in online business

Creatives and…


Entrepreneurship | Longform

And why most people give up on it

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Are you thinking of starting an online business or side hustle? Does the creator economy excite you and inspire you to get paid for your expertise and imagination?

An email list may be the perfect approach for you. That being said, there are strategies you may want to keep in mind so you don’t get discouraged along the way.

In this longform post, we’ll talk through everything you need to go from zero to your first 1,000 subscribers and beyond.

Why it’s not too late to start growing an email list

I know it’s not too late to start growing an email list because I’m doing it now after procrastinating on…


News

Preserve what matters at all costs

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka just announced she won’t be speaking to press at the French Open next week. The decision, technically a contract violation, will likely accrue thousands of dollars in fines over the course of the tournament. It’s a controversial move — and I am totally into it.

Osaka announced her decision in an Instagram post, which also included two now-famous interview clips of Venus Williams and Marshawn Lynch, respectively.


Entrepreneurship

#1: Losing thousands of readers right from the start

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Having your own online business can feel hugely intimidating. But a new report released last month might inspire you to take the entrepreneurial plunge.

According to the press release of a new research report from Facts and Factors, the global e-learning market — already at about $144 billion in 2019 — is expected to reach a whopping $374.3 billion by 2026.

This is thanks to a jaw-dropping compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 14.6%. Translation: Fucking fast growth.

Read that stat again — slowly.

There will be $374+ billion of demand for online products, programs, and services in just…


Focus

Break the spell in just three quick taps.

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According to new research published in the journal Frontiers In Psychiatry, 39% of young people are “smartphone addicted”. If it feels like you can’t tear yourself away from your phone for more than a few minutes, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, a little-known feature that takes moments to set up can help you regain a sense of control and set healthy boundaries for years to come.

We know that too much screen time impairs our ability to function in day-to-day life:

  • Harvard Medical School notes how prolonged blue light exposure contributes to poor sleep, paving the way for health problems such…


Creativity

Disastrous desk? You might be a visionary.

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If you’re someone who thrives in clutter and chaos — but feel pummeled by mainstream productivity advice to always keep your life squeaky clean — a famous scientist’s final moments might put you at ease.

Albert Einstein has long been celebrated as one of the smartest people to ever walk the planet. Surely a man of his cognitive abilities went above and beyond to keep his mental space clutter-free, right?

  • Was his office stylishly minimalist to encourage mental whitespace?
  • Were his books and files perfectly alphabetized?
  • Did he use well-groomed kanban boards to manage his various projects?

Nope! Einstein’s desk…


Career Handbook

Gut check your hustle.

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Do you live for the hustle and secretly obsess over it? Is hustle burnout giving you doubt over whether you should go after your dreams? A wildly popular LinkedIn post may give you the perspective shift you’ve been looking for.

A year of pandemic living has millions of Americans rethinking their career path:

  • 26% of Americans plan to seek out a job change once pandemic restrictions in their area have receded according to a U.S.-based survey from Prudential,
  • 34% of Americans have a side hustle, and 61 million plan to start one in 2021 according to a survey from Zapier…

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