Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

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“Pow! This is a good one, a wake up call and just what you need to read. Thanks Jeff, for sharing your art.”
Seth Godin // Author, We Are All Weird

002: This Might Not Work: A Conversation with Seth Godin About Art [Podcast]

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Do you ever feel afraid to share your work with the world? Are you secretly worried that if you created something that mattered, people would hate it? That’s what making art is all about — and why I wanted to interview Seth Godin.

It’s not every day you get to interview one of your heroes. In this conversation with Seth Godin, I got to do just that. For 34 minutes, we talked about art, fear, and making a ruckus.

It was a lot of fun.

Writing Your Story Could Be the Most Important Thing You Ever Do

How To Keep From Feeling Like A Failure At The End Of The Day

Until a couple of years ago, I was a fiction writer. I didn’t understand why people would want to write about real life when they could create something far more exciting in a fictional world.

Creating characters and placing them in whatever situations I crafted for them was liberating, exciting.

The real life stuff? That got the big thumbs down.

That is, until I discovered the healing power of writing my story.

001: What Is the Portfolio Life? [Podcast]

You are not just what you do. You were made for more than just one thing. Your life is a portfolio of activities, all of which make you who you are.

In this short, kick-off episode of my new podcast, my host and friend Jared Easley and I discuss why I’m starting a podcast — and why maybe you should, too.

The Gift of Giving: Why I Do Favors and Don’t Expect Anything in Return

The Gift of Giving: Why I Do Favors and Don't Expect Anything in Return

Yesterday, I had a phone call with a complete stranger. I offered some advice and perspective, which he found valuable. At the end of the call, my new friend asked, “Now, what can I do for you?”

If he could see me, he would have seen me shrug.

A Writer’s Biggest Struggle

Most writers struggle with the same thing, one little thought that threatens to destroy their message before it ever leaves their fingertips.

It’s this: what I say doesn’t matter.

5 Ideas for Writing Blog Posts When You Feel Stuck

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We all get stuck, sometimes. Writer’s block, or the Resistance, or whatever you want to call it, gets the best of us and we end up with no words to write.

We stammer and stutter and wonder where our inspiration went. At times like these, it can be nice to have a go-to list of topics, a quick guide for when you feel like there’s nothing to say.

I’ve compiled such a list. Here are five blog post ideas for when you’re just not feeling it.

What the Web (and the World) Needs from You

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If I hear one more “expert” tell me social media is a “conversation,” I am going to scream. No, friends. Social media is a LOT more than that: it’s an opportunity to build something.

The world is full of people who want to be heard. But how many are actually saying something? The Internet is crowded with those who are conversing, but who is creating stuff worth our time?

For years, I blogged in vain attempts at achieving popularity. I wanted people to like me and marvel at the profundity of my words. And I failed. It wasn’t until I built a resource of content that people took notice.

You Have to Do This Before People Will Listen to You

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Everyone wants to believe what they’re doing is interesting and worth talking about. They want to think they’re special and unique. But the truth is that’s not your call.

I see this attitude most often exhibited amongst writers and artists. They think that just because they’re creative, the world owes them respect and attention. Not true.

You don’t get to decide what “remarkable” is. Your audience does. And if nobody’s paying attention, you’ve got a problem.

Success Starts with Passion: How to Build an Audience Doing What You Love

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This is Part 1 in a series on how to build a popular blog. In this post, I’ll share the first secret to successful blogging and a few tips I’ve learned.

I began my writing journey in search of accolades and awards, wanting recognition and fame. But instead, I found frustration and disillusionment.

For years, I seethed with envy, watching other bloggers succeed while I stood still. As jealousy turned to resentment, I began to see the world through murky-colored glasses, finding fault with everything these people did.

But eventually I had to come to grips with reality: Being jaded was doing me absolutely no good.

Three Important Steps to Building a Killer Tribe

Killer Tribes

We’ve talked before about why you need to find your tribe — a unique group of fans, friends, and followers.

This can be done with a blog, radio show, or speaking platform.

But how do you actually do this? How do you create a community that wants to hear what you have to say?

If we ask Seth Godin, he would say you need to communicate a message that is personal, relevant, and anticipated.

So what does that look like?

Here are three important steps to building a killer tribe…