Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

004: Tim Ferriss on How to Become World-class at Anything [Podcast]

Tim Ferriss

We all want to feel more like directors in our lives and less like spectators. We want to be the boss, not the victim. What if a cookbook could help you do that, to take back control of your life?

I recently had the opportunity to interview best-selling author Tim Ferris, and we chatted about this very idea.

It’s Time to Get Intentional About Blogging

Intentional Blogging

You have a blog. But you update it maybe once or twice a month. You started strong, writing a lot of content, but now you can barely remember the password.

Or you’re tirelessly slaving away a the keyboard day after day, but can’t get anyone to read your writing to save your life.

What’s up with 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.

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

Building

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.