ASE Podcast

ASE explores how to build a sustainable career as a solopreneur.

Learn from other creators and entrepreneurs about how they manage their work, life and careers. You are not alone! 

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Ancient Wisdom & Embodied Cognition

Success does not always come from thinking, trying or striving harder. This series challenges the “crush it” mentality that permeates startup culture.

Xiu Yang: The Ancient Art of Self-Cultivation with Mimi Kuo-Deemer (episode page)

Wu-Wei & What Ancient Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about Peak Performance with Edward Slingerland (episode page)

Demystifying Intuition with Simone Wright (episode page)

Qigong: Cultivating Life Energy for Health & Well-Being with Mimi Kuo-Deemer (episode page)

Purpose-Driven Creators

Case studies of individuals charting their own path, and doing their most meaningful work

Mindset, Tools & Models to Reinvent Yourself with Author Paul Millerd of The Pathless Path (episode page)

Songwriting & Making Waves as an Independent Artist with Tuimi (episode page)

Growing your YouTube Channel with YouTuber Celine Yeh (episode page)

Taking Photos that Resonate with Documentary Photographer Nicky Woo (episode page)

How to Get Published with Independent Journalist & Author Elaine Pofeldt (episode page)

Entrepreneurial Survival, Growth & Impact with Founder Elizabeth Tan (listen)

Hard-Earned Lessons from Building a Social Enterprise with Education Changemaker Anny Chang (listen)


Keeping an Open Heart with Cambodian Tour Guide Yous Sopanha (listen)

Building a Community around Your Passion with Salsa Teacher Jimmy Yoon (listen)

Making a Living by Making a Difference with Social Entrepreneur Ho Thai Binh (episode page)

The Art of Listening with Coach & Therapist Steve McCready (episode page)


Strength Training for Entrepreneurs with Performance Coach Justin Parkes (episode page)

Naturopathic Principles for Optimal Health with Dr. Stephanie Berg (episode page)

Staying True to Your Art while Making a Living with Filmmaker Boo Junfeng (episode page)

The Art of Travel Blogging with Vietnam Travel Blogger Tom Divers (read)

Career & Lifestyle Design

Building a sustainable working-life you love

What I Learned from Asking 30 People about their Perfect Day (episode page)

Darren’s Journal

Is it possible to work on your own and build a career that fulfills you creatively, socially and financially? Darren shares the ups and downs of pursuing this path.

The Four Dimensions of Energy (episode page)

Live for Today or Tomorrow? (episode page & video)

Decade in Review: Lessons from my 30s (episode page)

Mindful Meals (episode page & video)

I Wrote a Book! (and thoughts on life dreams) (episode page)

Two Pockets: Dealing with Failure (episode page)

My Annual Review Process (episode page)

Outsight (episode page)

Live the Questions (episode page)

Making Morning Routines Stick with Tiny Habits (episode page & video)

Unlocking Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality (episode page)

Spring Cleaning for the Chinese New Year (episode page & video)


How I am Taking Advantage of Having (Near) Zero Subscribers (episode page & video

See the entire podcast archive here.

Media Coverage & Appearances

Tropical MBA Podcast: The Lonely Path of the Solopreneur (episode page)

The Pathless Path Podcast with Paul Millerd: The Shadow Side of Solopreneurship (episode page)

Paradoxical: The Psychology Behind Big Success in Small Business: Exploring The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship and The Perfect Day With Darren Joe (episode page)

Creators in Vietnam Podcast: How to Navigate Fear, Anxiety, Instability and Loneliness as a Creator with Author and Podcaster Darren Joe (episode page)

Where The Magic Happens: Former MBA Admission Director Turned Solopreneur + Podcaster | Darren (episode page)