Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

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

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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.