University of Edinburgh

International Business


The Ohio State University - The Max M. Fisher College of Business

M.B.A., Strategy, Healthcare Management


Denison University

B.S. Biomechanics


December 2010 - Present (5 years 7 months)

Writer and Speaker on Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Business Strategy

Various Media Outlets

November 2010 - Present (5 years 8 months)

Travel Photographer and Worldwide Adventurer

James Clear Holdings, LLC

January 2011 - January 2014 (3 years 1 month)

Founder and CEO of Passive Panda, Writer on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

September 2009 - August 2010 (1 year)

Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Researcher

Ohio State Center for Entrepreneurship

June 2008 - May 2010 (2 years)

Speaker on Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Business Strategy

Global Events, Conferences, and Webinars

June 2009 - September 2009 (4 months)

Medical Research, Patient Management, Billing and Finance

Beacon Orthopaedics

6 Months to Full-time Blogger? James Clear Did It

You always have a space in a big market

One theme that binds 5 topics together

Mission: Help people

Pulled the different backgrounds together to make something special

Roundup post (5 part series)

  • Main goal: Make connections

Guest post

  • Target: 50,000 mark
  • A few months

Dedicated landing page

Mainstream Media


Just be consistent and create the best content possible

::In big media outlets, look for the people (editors) who write the same thing you want to write about then send an email to the editor::

It’s really important to reach out to people - build connections.



Social Media

Guest Posts

Big Media Outlets

What makes a good content?

  • Focus on the reader
  • People buy results
  • They don’t buy ideas
  • Think of the underlying desire
  • You can’t invent the desire
  • Don’t think that simply because something is interesting people have a desire for it
  • Work on an existing desire and tackle it in a different way
  • Effort matters
  • Headlines
  • Focus on evergreen content
  • Find the right audience

Find one thing that works and repeating that one thing a million times

get out there

Try as many things as possible

If you see something that works

Do more of that


  • Ex: Derek Halpern


  • Get to know people in the industry


Dedicated landing page

Guest posting targeted byline landing page

Send good and quality traffic

Write quality articles each week republishing them in different areas [ALTERNATIVE


Post it in your site for 2-3 days

Link back - This article originally appeared in VincentImbat.Com


  • Curation of best blog posts
  • Edit it sometimes
  • Update the book once in a while
  • Don’t mention something just once
  • State the benefit they will get from the thing
  • it’s a transaction. Give value.

Delete after 60 days of not reading

There is a difference between a person who signs up and does not read and someone who signed up, read, then stopped reading. 2 weeks remove him.

After someone signs up, send something within the 2 weeks.

1-2x a week

If it’s less that once a week, people forget

Set expectations and meet that


Toolbox Model

Blog post whenever you add something in your toolbox

Social Media Accounts


Social Media








Media Sites

Huffington Post

Buffer Blog




Business Insider


The Next Web

Daily Good

US News & World Report

Positively Positive

Psychology Today

New York Observer

Business 2 Community


Tech Insider

Market Blog - Envato

High Existence

Wise Bread

James Clear’s Thought Leadership

Be careful on how you spend money.

Learn how to get an audience.

6 months research on how to build an email list.

Write guest posts on already-established blogs.

“I kept telling myself what everyone says about their own work. It’s not good enough. My ideas aren’t fully formulated. I need to get better at marketing before I put out ideas I really care about. But eventually the pain of not doing it became greater than the pain of doing it, and then finally I said to myself, ‘Dude, this is stupid, I just need to put it out there.’”


  • James Clear abandoned everything he have built so far, including his 20,000-person email list. He started from scratch.
  • Launched

Simple strategy

  • Write every Monday and Thursday
  • Have a consistent publishing schedule
  • Choose a pace that you can sustain
  • Choose a pace slow enough that you have enough time to put together two quality articles per week-8 articles per month, 2-3 are high quality
  • Approach editors of sites with much higher traffic and ask them if they were interested in reprinting his work


  • 1st Month: 780
  • Next few months: 5,000-20,000
  • 8th Month: 35,000-
  • Now: 300,000+ per month

Email Subscribers

  • Slow and steady at first
  • Then steep month-by-month accumulation
  • 6th month: 3,000
  • 7th month: 6,000 (turning point) started spreading content to as many places as possible (Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Business Insider)
  • 8th month: 13,000-
  • Now: 100,000


  • 67,000+ followers


  • Interlinks-Sign up-Article Trigger link mini-series
  • After mini-series paid course-Main call to action: subscribe to my email list
  • Simple design, no distractions

Main Product

  • Teach first course live
  • Then record it for view-on-demand
  • With bonus material + downloadable slides

Other Products

  • Live Q&A-Speaking (1 per month)-
  • Consultant

Mission first, business-second.

  • The goal is to talk about stuff you care about. Not build a $10 million business.

James’ blogger mentors in his thank you page

  • Leo Babauta
  • Chris Guillebeau
  • Derek Sivers
  • Ramit Sethi
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Ben Casnocha
  • Cal Newport
  • Julien Smith
  • Corbett Barr
  • Adam Baker
  • Lewis Howes
  • Derek Halpern
  • Bj Fogg
  • Steve Kamb
  • Scott Dinsmore
  • Tynan Blank
  • Seth Godin
  • Chase Reeves
  • Nathan Barry
  • Brennan Dunn
  • Joshua Becker
  • Beck Tench
  • Charlie Cohen
  • James Althucher
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Noah Kagan
  • Josh Kaufman
  • Scott Young
  • Jon Krohn
  • Nir Eyal
  • Neville Medhora
  • Todd Herman
  • Charlie Gilkey
  • Ryan Delk
  • Sean McCabe

Business people Tim follows in Twitter

  • Tim Grahl
  • Jonathan Mead
  • Jeff Goins
  • Paul Jarvis