Smiley writes about the creative process and what it means to come alive. He tells stories about purpose-driven millennials who are making a positive impact in their communities. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Time, Fast Company, Forbes, Quartz, Business Insider, and GOOD, among others. To receive Smiley's latest articles in your Inbox, please subscribe to his newsletter! 

Selected Articles

Medium: The Man Who Gave Us All The Things [January 12, 2017]

The Washington Post: The Career Ladder to Nowhere [June 12, 2014]

LinkedIn Featured Essay: The 10 truths about finding meaningful work [October 1, 2016]

Fast Company: 4 Tips to Help Millennials Find Meaningful Work [April 16, 2014]

Fast Company: What Millennial Employees Really Want [June 4, 2015]

Fast Company: The Best Career Advice to Tap Your Creative Potential [February 6, 2015]

Fast Company: I Left Entrepreneurship And Found My Purpose Working For Someone Else [October 18, 2016]

Quartz: Millennials need to ditch their parents’ outdated career ladders and embrace job-hopping [October 5, 2016]

Time/ Motto: How to Fall in Love With Your Job [October 5, 2016]

Business Insider: There are only 2 types of people who go to graduate school [October 26, 2016]

Medium: The Problem With Life Coaches [March 12, 2015]

Fast Co.: Why It's Actually Pretty Easy To Get Smart, Diverse Women On Panels [Feb 4, 2016]

The Hairpin:  Stuffing, Pastrami, and Chopped Liver [November 21, 2012]

The Hairpin:  When You’re At Singles Yoga… [January 31, 2013]

The Hairpin:  On Wearing Running Shoes (All the Time) [August 1, 2012]

GOOD Magazine: How to Find Meaningful Work: Start with Asking the Right Questions [April 12, 2014]

Medium: How Millennials Do Book Marketing [April 1, 2014]

The Huffington Post: Should You Self-Publish Your First Book? [March 6, 2014]

GOOD Magazine: Quarter-Life Breakthroughs, Not Crises, For the Purpose Generation [July 21, 2013]

The Huffington Post:  Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate on Building Detroit’s Future [March 25, 2013]

Medium: The Power of Exponential Community [January 27, 2014]

Medium: How I Wrote My Manuscript in 3 Months [October 27, 2015]

Medium: Shut Up and Be Grateful [October 19, 2015]

Medium: Tired of Being Single? Start Dating Yourself [October 21, 2014]

Medium: 5 Things I Learned at My First Burning Man [September 2, 2014]

Medium: Ode to the Convener [September 29, 2014]

Medium: 5 Things I Learned at Camp Grounded [July 15, 2014]

The Huffington Post:  To Nopa With Love [February 5, 2013]

Forbes:  From a $3 Billion Hotel to a $25 Microfinance Loan [March 18, 2013]

Fast Company:  6 Ways to Smash Your Creative Block and Launch Your Dream Project [co-authored, July 9, 2013]

Elephant Journal: 10 Intentions to Curb Your Addiction to Technology [Sept. 18, 2014]

Thought Catalog:  6 Ways to Embrace the Creative Writing Process [May 24, 2013]

The Huffington Post:  A Patriots Fan Wakes Up [January 23, 2013]

The Huffington Post:  Three Ways to Avoid Facebook Induced FOMO [January 17, 2013]

Dowser:  Online Dating for Teachers: Finding the Right Classroom [February 6, 2013]

Dowser:  Making Music Even in Frugal Times [December 6, 2012]

The Hairpin:  New Toys: Talking with Engineer and GoldieBlox Founder Debbie Sterling [October 22, 2012]