Josh Kaufman

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LAUNCH: How to Fight a Hydra

Hydra Cover

I'm happy to announce the publication of my third book: How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be.

How to Fight a Hydra is available today in print, ebook, and audio via Amazon and Audible worldwide.

About The Book

This book is quite different from my previous work. It's an allegorical story: it's fiction, with serious non-fiction themes.

How to Fight a Hydra explores the nature of ambition, uncertainty, risk, and fear of the unknown. The themes are big, important, and universal:

These are questions that every entrepreneur, artist, and creative professional grapples with on a daily basis. These concerns are entirely valid, cannot be avoided, and are often the biggest obstacles to committing to difficult work and accomplishing great things.

The solution: you have to think like an Adventurer – someone who chooses to face their fears, accept the risks, and venture into the unknown… all without knowing in advance how their quest is going to turn out.

I'm not going to spoil the story for you, but I will share one of my favorite lines from the book:

"There are no certainties, and no guarantees. The hero fights anyway."

I've put together a website with more information about the book, which you can find at

Here's a teaser trailer for the book, courtesy of Dan Portnoy:

Behind The Scenes

Aside from being my first published fiction, How to Fight a Hydra is the first book I'm publishing myself.

My first two books (The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours) were published by Penguin Random House. For How to Fight a Hydra, I chose to spin up my own publishing operation and give independent publishing a try.

There are pros and cons to both approaches, but there are three reasons independent publishing is great for you as a reader:

This method of publishing is new to me, but I'm enjoying it so far. As I've said for years: I think it's important to keep experimenting with the systems and processes involved in your work, and this is one of the ways I'm doing that in my own business.

I hope you enjoy How to Fight a Hydra as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. Thanks for reading!


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