A personal word
I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process.
I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, like me swimming across the Hudson River with a friend for fun in the picture on this site’s main page. This site shares how I do it so you love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.
Your values and mine differ so you’ll want to do different things than I, but if the magnitude of my successes is something you want while living an easy, fun life loving what you do, read my blog. If you love what you do and live with that passion, I’d love to meet you. Please contact me.
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Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, wrote the #1 bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor at NYU, writes a column for Inc., and blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.
He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations.
He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, BCG, PwC, S&P, and IBM.
Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes and ABC.
He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, has done burpees daily since 2011 (108,000 and counting), takes over 14 months to produce one load of garbage, and hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016.
Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, wrote the bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School, and is a columnist for Inc.
He speaks on leadership and entrepreneurship at institutions such as Boston Consulting Group, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, S&P, Children’s Aid Society, the NY Public Library, Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, INSEAD, the NY Academy of Science, and more.
He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate and helped build an X-ray observational satellite with the European Space Agency and NASA.
He left academia to found a venture to market his invention—a technology to show motion pictures to moving subways—installing displays on four continents. He holds six patents. He also founded two education ventures.
He has been called “best and brightest” (Esquire’s Genius issue), “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “rocket scientist” (Forbes and ABC).
His clients include start-up founders, c-suite executives of publicly traded companies, and employees of McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Google, IBM, ExxonMobil, and the US Navy and Army, as well as graduates of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others. He has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Forbes, Esquire, Entrepreneur, Nikkei Shimbun, the South China Morning Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox, and CNN.
As an artist he has installed public works in Bryant Park (NYC), Union Square (NYC), and Amsterdam’s Dam Square. He has had solo shows in New York and group shows nationwide, including Art Basel Miami Beach. He studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Studio. He has taught art at Parsons and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
He finished six marathons (3:51 best), competed at the world and national level of Ultimate (#5 at nationals, and #11 at worlds), including the first ultimate tournament in North Korea. He swam across the Hudson River, did over 108,550 burpees, wrote over 3,000 blog posts, took over 400 cold showers, and jumped out of two airplanes.
He has lived in Paris, Ahmedabad (India), and Shanghai. He lives in New York and blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.
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