Talented authors featured on the Optimal Living Daily podcasts
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master and prolific writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies and is currently invested in over 30.
Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog with a million readers. He’s also a best-selling author, a husband, father of six children, and a vegan.
Joshua Becker is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement. He is the founder & editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named as one of the top ten personal development websites in 2015.
Thomas Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest-growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. Impact Theory publishes a long-form interview talk show, hosted by Bilyeu, with some of the most successful people in the world.
Erin Blaskie is a digital strategist that focuses primarily on the tech and entrepreneurship space. She writes, speaks (TEDx & Google Certified Speaker) and consults with companies around the globe. She has helped businesses come online, establish their web presence, and create community.
David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things.
Courtney Carver believes simplicity is the way back to love. She created Be More With Less, minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 and the Tiny Wardrobe Tour to share her stories of living with less and connect with like-hearted people.
Marc & Angel Chernoff
Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.”
Steve Chou of My Wife Quit Her Job carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. When he and his wife had a child, they launched an online store to supplement their income, and quickly replaced Steve’s wife’s income stream through the new business.
T.K. is the co-founder and education director for Praxis, a 12-month apprenticeship program. He is an avid lover of ideas and blogs regularly on personal development, education, and philosophy. He’s also the co-author of Freedom Without Permission.
JL is a senior executive with extensive P&L experience and a proven track record of growing revenue & profitability, integrating acquisitions, and more. He is an accomplished consultant, author, and speaker, and has retired, but continues to write on his site.
Eddie Corbano experienced a devastating break-up in 1998. He developed a proven training program which teaches people who suffer from breakups or divorces to get over it in a record time and to use this experience to became the person they’ve always wanted to be.
Brittney daCosta is a Health & Eating Psychology Coach, Yoga Teacher, and model. She uses lifestyle rituals & practices to help women live an extraordinary life free from judgment and self-doubt.
JC Deen whips people into shape and helps them learn how to make fitness complement their lives, as opposed to ruling it. While he talks quite the talk, he also walks the walk. The tagline of JCD Fitness is A No-BS Approach To Looking Great Naked.
Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book: Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase.
As a long time trainer and boxing coach, Ross has dedicated his life to the development and improvement of athletes. He has been in business for over 15 years and has helped numerous athletes succeed at the world class level. It is his career and obsession.
Kate Erickson joined John Lee Dumas and the EOFire team in April 2013 as the Content Creator. Since then, she’s grown to consider herself the overall Implementer of all things at EOFire. She is also the host of the podcast Kate’s Take: The EOFire Audio Blog.
Nir Eyal has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His writing on technology, psychology and business appears in the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Robert is a personal finance expert that focuses on helping millennials get out of student loan debt and start investing for their future. He also helps parents make smart choices about college financing options and navigate the complex world of paying for school.
Cait Flanders is a former binge consumer turned mindful consumer of everything. Through personal stories, she writes about what happens when money, minimalism, and mindfulness cross paths. She inspires people to consume less and live more.
Neghar Fonooni is a coach, speaker, and writer, giving women all over the world tools to create a lifestyle that thrills them, free of shame and unworthiness. She helps them give themselves permission to be vulnerable, authentic, and fully alive.
No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what’s getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off–to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.
Cylon was born and raised in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to the United States where he earned degrees in Music Performance and Computer Science. He helps people thrive in their spiritual lives so they can live with more joy, peace, purpose, and meaning.
A frequent contributor to health and wellness publications and a highly sought-after speaker, Ben’s understanding of functional exercise, nutrition, and the delicate balance between performance and health has helped thousands of people around the world achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
Chris is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.
Benjamin is a top writer on Medium and is pursuing his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Clemson University. His research focuses on the psychological differences of actual entrepreneurs vs. wannabe entrepreneurs.
Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist. He dropped out of college to apprentice under Robert Greene, and went on to become the director of marketing for American Apparel. His creative agency has advised clients like Google and Tony Robbins, and he’s the author of six books.
Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt, is a product guy with a passion for startups, product design, and personal growth. He also created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven.
Mary Jaksch is an authorized Zen master (Diamond Sangha lineage), psychotherapist, and author. She’s been awarded an MA in Religious Studies, holds a 5th Dan (degree) Blackbelt in karate, started professional life as a flautist, and loves dancing Argentine tango.
Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University, Steve began developing the idea for a website to help beginners get healthy and avoid all of the usual pitfalls. Years later, that site became Nerd Fitness, a worldwide fitness community dedicated to helping nerds, desk jockeys, and self-aware robots level up their lives.
Evan Marc Katz
Billed as a “personal trainer for smart, strong, successful women,” Evan has been helping singles find love since 2003. Thousands of his clients have fallen in love, married, started families, and found happiness, after only a few months of coaching.
Darrow began serious saving and investing in his mid-30s, and retired at age 50. He did it the traditional way: through hard work, frugality, prudent investing, and patience. He now helps others become financially independent through his writing.
Dr. Diana Kirschner
PBS Love expert, psychologist, and bestselling author, Diana Kirschner, Ph.D. has helped thousands find the relationships of their dreams. With her team of expert Love Mentor® and dating coaches, she empowers women all over the world to heal from heartbreak and find lasting love.
Roger Lawson’s goal is simple: To make 100,000 people feel good and look great without turning it into a full-time job, all while having a lot of fun along the way. Roger focuses on Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle principles to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road.
Nick is an author, entrepreneur, and a lifelong student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.
The Mad Fientist
The Mad Fientist provides advice and innovative tax-avoidance methods for people planning to break away from full-time employment very early in life. He also hosts the Financial Independence Podcast.
Mark Manson is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. He specializes in writing personal development advice that doesn’t suck. His website MarkManson.net is read by over 2 million people each month.
Lisa is a highly effective relationship expert, speaker, and blogger. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of therapy & relationship coaching and has a thriving private practice with clients spanning the United States & Europe.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists. They have an independent film on Netflix called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for over 4 million readers.
J. Money tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning Budgets Are Sexy into his full time “real job” a few short years later.
Mr. Money Mustache
MMM retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.
Cal Newport is a writer and a professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books and runs the popular advice blog, Study Hacks, which attempts to decode “patterns of success” in both school and the working world.
After years of impulse spending on Amazon and elsewhere, Anthony Ongaro realized that his one-click purchase habits were more of a physical Twitch than an intentional action. Break the Twitch is all about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters.
Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website AffordAnything.com and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business, and real estate investing. She is a real estate investor, as the owner of seven rental property units in metropolitan Atlanta.
The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama.
Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website. He has written more than 1300 articles on a broad range of self-help topics.
Chris Reining is a thirty-something guy who provides resources to help manage your money and career to become financially free. His own path to financial freedom has had ups and downs, which is what he writes about on his site.
John Romaniello is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and New York Times bestselling author. An advisor to nearly a dozen fitness and tech companies, he has written for a myriad of publications covering topics ranging from insulin sensitivity to investment strategy.
J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner created Making Sense of Cents to help readers learn how to save more, earn more, and live more. She currently travels full-time with her husband and two dogs in an RV (soon to be by sailboat!).
Ramit Sethi is New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. His blog, iwillteachyoutoberich.com, hosts over 1,000,000 readers every month. He co-founded PBwiki and graduated from Stanford, where he studied technology and psychology..
Nia Shanks is a writer & personal trainer and is showing women how to build a better body by using sane & simple principles. Nia believes in combining smart, progressive strength training, simple & flexible nutrition guidelines tailored to an individual’s lifestyle & preferences, and a positive mindset.
Becca is a Registered Dietitian, foodie, wellness nerd, recreational athlete, and mom. She started Minimal Wellness to help people find, navigate, and enjoy the simple path to optimal health by eliminating the junk and focusing on the critical components of wellness.
Derek created CD Baby, once the largest seller of independent music on the web with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. He sold it for $22 million, giving most of it to charity. He writes regularly on creativity, entrepreneurship, and music on his blog.
Tammy Strobel is a writer, photographer, teacher, and the founder of RowdyKittens.com, a blog for people who want to go small, think big, and be happy. She created her blog in late 2007 to improve her writing and to share her story.
Philip Taylor is a CPA, entrepreneur, and blogger who started PTMoney in 2007. His site is about helping you make extra money, save more money, and spend your money wisely. He also created FinCon, the popular conference for financial nerds.
Time Magazine named Tynan one of the Top 25 best bloggers. He believes in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. He likes learning new things, building habits, exploring the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work.
Kristin Wong is a freelance writer and journalist who writes about personal finance, career, and human behavior for the New York Times, New York magazine’s The Cut, Glamour, and more. She lives in Los Angeles, where she tries not to get parking tickets.
Colin Wright is an author, speaker, and the host of the Let’s Know Things podcast. He writes for an audience of millions through his blog, Exile Lifestyle, and is the co-founder of Asymmetrical Press.