Hi, I’m David Perell.

Welcome to my online home. I write, host a podcast, and run a writing school called Write of Passage.

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Essays

Most of my essays are about business, education, and what it means to be a citizen of the Internet. These essays are a record of my intellectual quest to make sense of the world. They’re the diary of my contemplative life. 

Latest essay

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online

For years, I thought that being successful and being myself were diametrically opposed, but becoming an online writer has shown me that I can succeed by bringing out more of myself — and so can you. 

Podcast

The North Star Podcast is a wide-ranging series of interviews with writers, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Each episode is insight-dense and packed with surprising twists and turns that illuminate the guest’s worldview.

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Latest episode

Rob Henderson: An Internet Academic

Rob Henderson is one of my favorite up-and-coming writers. I like him because he’s one of those people who doesn’t fit into a category. He’s a Ph.D. candidate in psychology, but I met him in a book club about technological stagnation. He’s spent years in the academy, first at Yale and now at Cambridge, but most of his influence comes from his online writing.

Notebook

My notebook is where I develop my ideas in public. If my essays are finished paintings, these are my intellectual sketches. They’re a low-stakes place where I share ideas that are longer than a tweet, but too immature for a full-on essay.

Latest note

28 Pieces of Life Advice

In honor of my 28th birthday, here are 28 pieces of life advice.