Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

How Being Mistaken for a Girl Made Me a Better Blogger

The Ridiculous Case of Being Mistaken for a Girl and How That Made Me a Better Blogger

The first job I ever had was as newspaper delivery boy. I was eleven or twelve years old, was really into grunge music, which meant that I spent most of my time sitting around the house listening to music, so my parents thought a job would do me some good.

013: How to Create Your Own Freedom, Live an Adventure, & Do Work That Matters: A Chat with Chris Guillebeau [Podcast]

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Wherever you look, there are voices telling you to “live a better story” or do something “epic.” They make it sound easy. But it’s not so simple, is it? The truth is the epic life requires more than just blind courage. Few people understand this better than Chris Guillebeau.

So when I had a chance to sit down with Chris and chat about these ideas, I really wanted to know one thing: How do you live a life full of adventurous experiences and creative endeavors without going broke? That’s what we discuss in this interview.

The Problem with Asking for Advice

Often when asking for advice, a person isn’t really seeking something new. They’re just looking for validation. Affirmation of a choice they made long ago. And this can be a problem.

Why Everyone Should Write a Book

Recently, I turned in my next book, thus beginning the editorial process. After spending hundreds of hours researching, conducting dozens of interviews, reading thirty-something books on the subject, and of course writing, it made me wonder if all this work is worth the cost.

The Revolutionary Power of Words

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Never, ever, ever underestimate the power your words have. Take today, instance. In America, we call July 4 “Independence Day”, because it marks the beginning of our freedom.

And just how did this revolution begin? With a Declaration, of course.

012: Learning the Secret to Mastery: An Interview with Robert Greene [Podcast]

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We were all born to do one important thing: to pursue our “life’s task” and master it. That’s what Robert Greene believes. In fact, he’s written a whole book about the subject, and it’s called Mastery.

Awhile back, I had a chance to sit down (virtually speaking) with Robert and interview him. We talked about the concept of calling, apprenticeship, and how to master your craft. Greene believes we all have something we intuitively know we were meant to do, and the path to that work — what he calls your “life’s task” — is less glamorous than we’ve been told.

011: Self-Promotion is a Misnomer (and Other Things You Wanted to Know About Marketing) [Podcast]

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Most of us think we have to be big-time self-promoters for anyone to hear about our work. Thankfully, that’s just not true. There’s another way.

Why Everyone Should Start an Online Business (or How You Can Be Your Own Patron)

Most people I talk to are at least a little curious (and sometimes equally skeptical) about the idea of starting an online business. But they don’t know where to go from there.

For the longest time, I avoided this whole world, because it sounded sketchy (and it was). But here’s what I learned about making money online…

010: Professor Jonah Berger on the Science Behind Contagious Content (And Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong) [Podcast]

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Most of us want to influence others with our ideas. We want our words to spread. Whether you’re writing to inspire or inform or even entertain, you want people to read your words and to share them with their friends.

In this episode of the podcast, Jonah Berger, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On, shares with us six principles to craft contagious content and destroys a few myths in the process.

Why I Sometimes Hate the Internet

Of course, I don’t really hate it. I am actually quite fond of this network that connects us all and makes communication super-easy.

In fact, I would dare say I love the Internet — a little too much. But sometimes, I feel like breaking up with this mistress of mine.