Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Advice on Better Writing & Living

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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

Three Keys to Keep You From Feeling Like a Failure at the End of the Day

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

A lot of people go to bed at night feeling like a failure. Either they don’t get done what they wanted to or what they did get done felt insignificant and unsatisfying.

Most people have hopes and desires of being successful, but for many, the problem is their definition of a successful day is undefined, vague, or unrealistic.

So let’s fix that.

003: On Chasing a Dream While Honoring Your Commitments [Podcast]

Ever struggled to chase a dream without flaking out on your friends? Or wanted to pursue a passion but you were worried about getting fired?

Welcome to the tension.

Your Calling Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Should

Your Calling Doesn't Always Look Like You Think It Should

Sometimes, all we need to do to find our calling is to see what’s always been there.

The journey of discovering my life’s work was not a process of dreaming, but remembering — of looking backward, not forward.

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


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.