Douglas Vigliotti on Writing

“The only thing that matters is that you start doing the work. Create. Build. Go. That's it. There's no amount of teaching or thinking that's going to show what it takes to really do something.”

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Tell us about your current work!

I'm a writer that didn't know I was a writer. I've authored two books, The Gap: The Little Space Between What You Know and Don't Know and The Salesperson Paradox: A Strikingly Simple Way to Provide Solutions Your Customers Can't Say No To, and one ebook, Pumpernickel & Peanut Butter: Why Weird Works. I also write articles about big ideas to help people live better at DVWriter.com, curate a private reading list to help people maintain a reading habit at DVReadingList.com, and speak on topics featured in my books. I currently live in New Haven, CT.

The subject area Douglas you best help entrepreneurs with:

Writing, Personal Development, Strategy, Sales

The best professional advice Douglas can give to entrepreneurs:

The only thing that matters is that you start doing the work. Create. Build. Go. That's it. There's no amount of teaching or thinking that's going to show what it takes to really do something. You have to do the work. There's no way around it. Most importantly, you'll learn the things you can only learn from doing the work––handling criticism/feedback, hard things you actually need to do, the importance of process, the unimportance of doing something just once, etc.

And if you're already doing the work, then keep doing the work because the magic is in the compounding.

Mentor Hype:

Here's the thing I'm most proud of right now.

I decided to quit my podcast, It's Not What It Seems, after one year, 45 episodes, and interviews with amazing guests like Seth Godin, Chip Conley, Ryan Serhant, Annie Duke, Tyler Cowen, etc.

So why am I proud of this?

Well, many of us (myself included) tend to stick with things far too long and for wrong reasons. We fall victim to the sunk cost fallacy. We think, "I've already spent this much time or energy so I mine as well keep doing it. Plus, the world keeps telling me I just have to grit it out." The reality is everything that has already happened, already happened. We should be making decisions based on what’s best for us today and moving forward. It's easier to say than do, which is why most people stick with things past the expiration date.

Quitting is hard but necessary. Grit is great, but only if you're gritting out the right things. For me, it took guts to quit the podcast and that felt like a great achievement. Now I can double down on the thing that matters most to me––writing.

A book that changed your perspective: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Words you live by: Invest in stupidity today for wisdom later.
Top productivity hack: Afternoon nap (20-25 mins max)

If you want to get in touch with this mentor:

Reach out to Douglas on his website here!

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