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Kieran Drew

On a mission to become a better writer, thinker, and entrepreneur • Ex-dentist, now building an internet business (at ~$500k/year)

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Kieran Drew, you’re such a hypocrite!

“You’re such a hypocrite,” I told myself, staring at my notes. I was reflecting on what makes a good product last month ahead of the revamp of High Impact Writing, trying to work out why I loved certain products and not others. I took two that had stood out over the past year: Eric Jorgenson’s Mountains of Levers John Bejakovic’s Simple Money Emails (this is an affiliate link but for good reason, my favourite explanation of email writing so far) As I peeled apart why these were my favourite,...

6 days ago • 2 min read

I, like any reasonable modern man, spend much of my day thinking about the Roman Empire. I’ve just completed Mary Beard’s ‘An Empire Without Limits’, a 5-hour documentary on the rise and fall of Rome. To my delight, and soon to be to yours, I stumbled across an excellent lesson on the importance of writing from a story about Julius Caesar. Caesar is one of the most famous men in history — having been immortalised through books, plays, movies, and salads (ok, the salad wasn’t named after him,...

8 days ago • 2 min read

Recently, I had the pleasure, or more accurately, the pain, of taking my first golf lesson. Now, I’m not the sportiest of people. Since my neck and back surgeries, I have the manual dexterity of a goldfish and the spinal mobility of a plank of wood. I’m much better suited to clicking a computer mouse than whacking a ball across a field. But I love trying new things, and during my recent holiday to South Africa, it was time to try golf. As you can imagine, it was not my finest hour. Out of...

10 days ago • 2 min read

As part of my travels to South Africa last month, I spent several hours at sea among a mob of hungry sharks with nothing but a steel cage and my silent screams to protect me. How was it? Well, let's just say I left the waters a slightly darker shade of brown. All jokes aside, the experience was brilliant. As we returned to shore and drove back along winding coast roads across a stunning backdrop of mountains, my dad said this would be a great email to send to my audience. Honestly? I agreed,...

13 days ago • 2 min read

I first heard the term ‘Creator Economy’ when a friend sent me Naval Ravikant’s podcast How to Get Rich Without Getting Lucky. As someone who felt trapped in his career, Naval’s ideas shone like a beacon in the fog. “You can go out on the internet,” he explained. “And you can find your audience… build a business… create a product… build wealth, and make people happy just uniquely expressing yourself through the internet.” But the truth is few people make it as a creative entrepreneur. Most of...

17 days ago • 1 min read

It’s crazy to think that 30,000 people might read this email. I want to give you an important lesson about newsletters, but first — thank you for your support. Some of you have been reading for years, some of you, a lot less. Regardless, it means the world to have your attention. These emails are the most fun part of my business and I hope to be in your inbox for decades. To the lesson: This time last year, I spoke to Chennel Basilio, who deconstructs newsletter growth for those with 50,000+...

20 days ago • 3 min read

Welcome to January’s business breakdown. Each month, we take a peak under the hood of my business, discussing: Freedom (leverage) Revenue (income and expenses) Growth (audience and newsletter) This one’s a little briefer because I’m all in on rebuilding High Impact Writing. The material’s looking great and the relaunch is on March the 1st. If you already own it, you get the new version for free. If you don’t, what’s wrong with you! Just kidding. Hop on the waitlist here — I’ll be in touch...

27 days ago • 5 min read

“Kieran, there’s a problem.” I’m sitting with my mum in the cramped, poorly-lit consulting room — rocking the graphic T and terrible haircut only a 16-year-old thinks is cool. My mum smiles at me, grasping my hand under the table. You can tell she’s nervous. She’s lost her usual Irish charm. The surgeon clears his throat, spreading the X-rays before us. “We found something…”. I went into the hospital two weeks ago for back pain. The doctor noticed my spine was bending — scoliosis — so he sent...

about 1 month ago • 9 min read
Don't compare pictures, compare movies

Three years ago, if you told me I’d be a writer with a 200,000-person audience in 2024, I’d have laughed you out of the room. “No chance”, I’d have thought, flipping back open the first book I read on copywriting — Sugarman’s Adweek Copywriting Handbook — as I searched for secrets on how to suck less at communicating. But here I am, and here you are. So let me tell you an important lesson about chasing, and getting, what you want. When I started writing online, I was awful at finding clients....

about 2 months ago • 3 min read
Build your armoury

Why do you follow a writer? What keeps you coming back for more? Why do you recommend them to friends? I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot recently. Especially with AI and the crazy amount of competition — you can’t afford to be a commodity in today’s arena. There’s a stretching gap between the best writers and the rest, and I’d like to be on the right side of that equation over the next few years. I’m sure you would, too. Today, I’ll share one thing I’ve learned about setting...

about 2 months ago • 7 min read
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