David Sparks and Mike Schmitz are not nearly as productive as they’d like to be. Join these fellow travelers (and a bunch of special guests) as they share the best ways to get focused, and talk through their successes and failures along the way.



Latest Episodes

#54: I Have to Try It, with Casey Liss

August 21st, 2018 · 85 minutes

Podcaster and programmer Casey Liss joins David and Mike to talk about his Free Agent journey, what caused him to take the leap, the tendency to do too much, and his desire to pull the thread which has led to him becoming an Accidental YouTuber.

#53: The Value of Your Time

August 7th, 2018 · 72 minutes

David and Mike talk about protecting your most valuable resource - your time. Mike gets inspired during his personal retreat and learns how to say “no.” David learns the hard way from his recent travels but has a plan for what to do differently next time.

#52: You Can't Be What You Can't See with Ann Shen

July 24th, 2018 · 60 minutes

Artist and businesswoman Ann Shen joins the Free Agents to share her journey from grant writer to successful artist to successful author.

#51: Freedom Frogs

July 10th, 2018 · 54 minutes

David and Mike talk about why “eating your frog” is an important Free Agent survival skill. David talks through a pivot in his approach to book publishing. Mike shares his struggles with “Imposter Syndrome” and how he overcomes it.

#50: Bet on Yourself

June 26th, 2018 · 44 minutes

Mike Schmitz joins as the new Free Agents co-host. In this episode, we get to know Mike better, learn about his journey, and discuss the show format going forward.

#49: Panting to the Finish Line

June 12th, 2018 · 48 minutes

Family members with employment issues remind Jason about just how far he's come; David grapples with letting go of control and working with an assistant; and Jason hands in his resignation and participates in an "exit interview" with David.

#47: Personal Floating Holiday

May 15th, 2018 · 47 minutes

David needs to deal with some clients who aren't paying him; Jason thinks about taking a personal day; David ponders creating a mission statement for himself; Jason questions whether he's unable to give himself credit for doing certain kinds of work.

#46: Being Comfortable Is Not an Option, with Jaimee Newberry

May 1st, 2018 · 48 minutes

Longtime web developer, tech executive, startup co-founder, inspirational speaker, and coach Jaimee Newberry joins us to discuss her own journey, when to go out on your own, when to walk way from projects, and how to deal with unexpected success.

#45: Like Going Back to High School

April 17th, 2018 · 41 minutes

David's home workspace gets invaded by teenagers, Jason reprises his old commute and learns to appreciate the ability to work from anyplace, and a listener reminds us of a classic technique: making promises that your future self has to keep.