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Darius Foroux: How can we live a useful life that matters?

Meet Darius Foroux

Darius Foroux is a writer and creative entrepreneur. He is also the #1 most-read author on Medium, and one of my favorite blogs for the past few years.

Darius lives in Holland, where he was raised. His parents are immigrants from Iran. Dutch is his first language but you’ll never know through his writing. English has been an official language taught in schools and universities in Holland.

Darius is the author of 6 books, including Think Straight and What It Takes To Be FreeThere’s one question at the core of his work: How can we live a useful life that matters?

In short, his work focuses on four main topics:

  1. Productivity: How can we achieve more without sacrificing our well-being?
  2. Habits: What habits will make our lives better, and how can we form them?
  3. Decision Making: What ways of thinking lead to better decisions?
  4. Personal Finance: How do we build wealth without sacrificing our integrity?

Darius’ favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

In this episode, we talk about the power we have within us, which we often overlook. You will learn how Darius persuades and influences millions of people through his writing.

Favorite Quotes & Hidden Gems

Where Darius seeks and finds inspirations for his writing

“I get inspirations from just listening to my readers and also just being open and being aware. Right. This is the thing I think a lot of creators miss. And I also sometimes catch myself missing. It’s very easy to get distracted by views, or by income.”

“At times I find myself just looking at stuff that’s not really important. Your awareness goes down. It’s very dangerous because you might miss the stuff that people are giving you and I think this is a lot of people say, ‘hey, I don’t know what to do or I don’t like. People are not listening to me. I write articles and nobody cares.’ Right? That can be the case, but also. Are you really paying attention?”

How to Pay Attention:

Are you reading the comments? Are you reading and replies, well, maybe you don’t get any replies in the beginning, but are you reading other people’s posts? Are you reading peoples reviews of books? That’s one of the things that I really enjoy doing. I like I I read Good Reads and on Amazon, I just go through the reviews. I don’t care about the book blurbs. I don’t read those. Because it’s all advertising.

How to Ask the Right Questions:

What’s your core business? What was your cause? What’s the thing that makes you do what you do? What’s the number one thing that’s important to you? To me, that’s writing articles [to reflect the questions people ask]


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