99% of the things I create are the result of me writing words in one form or another. It’d be cool to say I’m a coder, Youtuber, or entrepreneur, but I’m not. I’m a writer. Everything else, I only learn insofar as I need it to deliver my writing.
After three years of writing, I’ve finally decided to embrace this fact. To remember it, I’m dubbing my projects “Writations.”
Writing + Creations = Writations!
If you enjoy my writations, consider becoming my email friend. I only send updates when I have something that I’m proud of to share, usually once or twice a month.
The Daily Blog: After years of traversing the interwebs, traveling from platform to platform, on my 31st birthday, I decided to come home. I now publish a short blog post every single day, and you can read it either on this blog or in your inbox, free of charge.
Medium: I still republish the occasional piece from the blog on Medium, but I also have a backlog of about 50 drafts that I’d like to eventually finish and publish — but those too will first show up on the blog.
2-Minute Pep Talks: This is the most “Nik” book I’ve published to date. It contains 67 of my best, short stories from a period of about 5 years. The idea is that inspiration is not something you need a motivational speaker to shove down your throat. It is soft, warm, and gentle. This book will give you that kind of inspiration in the form of loving, comforting, and hopeful stories. Starting from $3.99!
The 4 Minute Millionaire: This is my first “proper” book. Based on the #1 interest among Four Minute Books readers – money – I assembled the 44 best lessons from the top finance books of the last 70 or so years. Each lesson can be read in 4 minutes and comes with an action item you can complete quickly without feeling overwhelmed. If you’re looking to rethink money, invest wisely, and growth wealthy in just 4 minutes a day, this book is for you – and at $4, it’s a steal.
How To Google: My very first (e)book, which I’m still proud of today, given my skills at the time. This book will teach you how to craft the perfect Google search through elimination, rephrasing, and inferring. It also walks you through all of Google’s built-in features that’ll help you see results faster. Finally, the book explains how to get super-focused search results by using advanced search operators. It’s full of screenshots, and, by the end of it, you’ll know how to find anything and everything.
Write Like A Pro (Free): A short, five-day email course highlighting the core lessons from the premium course’s five modules: mindset, the habit of writing, deliberate practice, audience building, and monetization. A great, risk-free entry into the world of both creative and professional writing.
Write Like A Pro (Paid): The full version of my flagship course, in which I teach you literally everything I know about writing. The course consists of five modules spanning over 130 lessons, which amount to 15 hours of engaging, fun, story-based, interactive videos. You can start at zero, hobbyist, or full-time professional yet still learn something new. I talk about Quora, Medium, and SEO, as well as the craft, mindset, and habitual aspects of writing. Marketing and monetization are also covered. If you want to follow a career arc similar to mine, this is your one-stop shop.
Become a Memorable Storyteller (Paid): If Write Like A Pro is a Bachelor’s degree, this is the Master’s to go with it. I teamed up with my good friend and fellow story-lover Michael Thompson, and, together, we’ll show you how to take your storytelling skills to the next level. In 12 modules, each structured as a fun, engaging conversation (almost like a podcast), we’ll teach you how to collect worthy story ideas, how to figure out which ones will land well with your audience, and then how to edit and present those stories from start to finish so they’ll grab and keep our attention in this busy world.
7 Days Of Leaving Your Comfort Zone (Free): A set of seven challenges to help you gradually step out of your comfort zone. The format is in writing and video, with me doing the challenges alongside you, each one a little more difficult than the last. This course doesn’t require a (free) coach.me membership, but if you have one, you can track your progress in their app.
Hack Studying: 14 Days To A Study Schedule That Works (Paid): This course will help you get organized and structure your work. It’s a total of 14 lessons spread over two weeks. If you’re a college student, this should be a perfect fit, but you can also use this course to get on top of your projects at work. It costs $9.99.
Break A Bad Habit In 30 Days (Paid): A month-long course with daily instructions, guiding you all the way through selecting a bad habit you want to break, designing your environment to make it less tempting, setting up a reward system, and using feedback loops to make it through. It costs $9.99 and is based on a framework I designed myself after coaching over 300 people through various habit changes.
Time 2 Read (Free): Want to go from zero to regular reader in two weeks and seven lessons? This is for you. Each unit contains a story, a principle, and an experiment. Enjoy the story, run the experiment to get yourself on track, then use the principle for life.
The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read (Paid): A short but detailed guide to how you can get the most out of books, articles, and texts of any kind. It’ll show you how to extract the right information and build maximal retention from reading in five phases: Previewing, reading, note-taking, condensing, and remembering.
10 Mental Biases & How To Fight Them: Some of my best work regarding the biases that ruin our decisions. In this guide, I describe the ten I think are most important to fight and how you can use one simple exercise to deal with most of them.
How To Develop Self-Awareness: I’ve become very self-aware of my thoughts, feelings and actions over the last 5 years, in spite of not being a big meditator, which is the most commonly suggested route to develop this ability. This post lists 27 activities I found helpful in boosting your self-awareness, grouped by whether they apply to your thoughts, beliefs or actions.
How To Create A Minimal Wardrobe: This shows you how to basically wear the same outfit every day without things getting weird, smelly or anyone noticing in 3 steps.
How To Build Wealth By Being Creative: Two simple steps to building a financially sound life in the long term. Been doing it for almost three years and it’s working.
How To Bounce Back When You Fail A Habit: While building habits, failure is inevitable. This shows you how to deal with setbacks like a pro would.
How To Find Your ONE GOAL & Constantly Focus On It: Six questions to help you figure out your most important goal and how to never lose sight of it. Part 1 of 5 in the productivity guide series.
How To Make Consistent Progress With One Task Per Day: One of my most popular posts about reducing your to-do list to one item. Part 2 of 5 in the productivity guide series.
How To Wake Up Early: Two simple steps you can take each evening to make sure you wake up early enough to work on your most important task the next day. Part 3 of 5 in the productivity guide series.
How To Create A Life-Changing Morning Routine in 7 Steps: My most popular post details how you can create a Miracle Morning routine based on Hal Elrod’s book. I add a 7th step to help you work on what matters. Part 4 of 5 in the productivity guide series.
How To Stop Procrastinating: A post detailing 32 small environment changes you can make to focus a lot better on your work. Deals with five categories: your own thoughts, your work environment, your phone, your computer and other people. Part 5 of 5 in the productivity guide series.
How To Increase Willpower Every Day: My most underrated post, if you ask me. Outlines a 4-step system you can use to take any habit and transform it so it helps you build more willpower each day.
How To Become A True Optimist: A massive guide showing you how much fake happiness is out there, what real happiness is (including a new definition of the term), why optimism is what really matters and how to go from pessimist to optimist.
How To Fix Tinder And Find Love: How to use Tinder in a new, creative way to attract people you’ll actually like and want to form a real, long-term relationship with.
How To Meet Men Or Women By Being You: Another, entirely different way of meeting the opposite sex. Really old school and straightforward, but a nice change of pace in today’s world, I think.
How To Sleep Better: 21 changes you can make to improve your sleep, focused on falling asleep faster, avoiding non-baby related interruptions and adapting to your kid’s sleep pattern.
How To Learn Something New Every Day (And Actually Do Something With It): A guide showing you how to do something useful with the information you pick up on a daily basis.
How To Blog Consistently: Shows you how I created my daily writing habit to make sure I blog regularly.
How To Publish Like A Huge Content Creation Team: In April 2016, I shared an exact breakdown of how I built Four Minute Books on the SumoMe blog. This includes how I came up with the idea, validated it, streamlined the writing process to publish daily, as well as how I went about SEO, collecting emails and promotion. There’s a downloadable PDF too.
Comfort Zone Quotes: A list of 77 quotes literally using the phrase “comfort zone.” Comes with a convenient zip file download of all quotes in high quality.
10 Free Ways To Increase Your Willpower In 1 Minute Or Less: A set of 10 quick willpower boosters that take less than 60 seconds.
The 31 Best Motivational Books Ever Written: A massive, 10,000+ word list I’ve created, showcasing what I believe to be the world’s most inspiring books, both fiction and non-fiction, designed as beautiful, shareable index cards. Includes a brief summary of each book, sales numbers, and my favorite quote.