Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Reward the Givers, Not the Haters

Reward Givers

A new lesson I’m learning in interacting with people is this: Reward the givers, not the haters. The people pleaser in me wants to chase down every angry customer, every dissatisfied reader, every failed friendship, and try to make it right. But that’s not the best use of my time.

056: Courage and the Creative Pursuit


Fear is present every time we sit down to create. No matter how often we face fear, daily acts of courage are required of anyone who dares to pursue a dream.

We have many fears. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of insignificance. Motivational speakers and inspirational memes would have us believe boxing fear into submission is the path to bravery. True courage, as it turns out, looks a little different.

Advice for Graduates: 3 Tips You Won’t Hear in Any Commencement Speech


It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping. The flowers are in bloom. And graduates everywhere are wondering what the heck they’re doing with their lives.

055: Losing Your Life to Find It: Interview with Eric Bryant [Podcast]


We break out of the gates of college entitled to a job where we change the world, find meaning, and pay the bills. Reality requires a bit more humility and hustle.

Discovering our calling is an exercise in understanding where our skills and passions intersect with a significant need. Long-term success is found by first identifying a need and searching for the solution rather than crafting a solution and imposing it on others. No one likes to be told they have a problem.

Your Mistakes Don’t Define You, They Teach You

Plane crash

I am no stranger to stupid mistakes. I wrote the book on messing things up, royally (okay, not really, but that book would sell like crazy).

If you were somehow misled by the veneer of a well-designed website, let me set the record straight for you: I don’t have my stuff figured out.