Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

059: How to Get People to Care About Your Work [Podcast]


The creative journey requires courage. When we launch our work into the world, it’s easy to feel discouraged when nobody notices. But that’s not the end of the story.

Sometimes the work of a creative person can feel like the tree that falls in the woods and nobody’s around to notice. Does it make a sound? Indeed, it does.

My Latest Experiment: Launching a Conference — Why I’m Scared & Doing It Anyway


Today, I’ve got an exciting announcement. On August 29-30, 2015, I’m going to host my first-ever conference, and I’d love to tell you it’s going to be amazing. But I have to be honest.

I wish I could tell you this is going to be a success. I’d love to tell you it’ll sell out and that hundreds of people are going to show up. But the truth is I don’t know any of that. And there’s an important lesson in that.

058: Launching a Blockbuster Blog on a Budget: Interview with Ruth Soukup [Podcast]


When you see a new artist you’ve never heard of sweep the top honors at an awards show, it’s easy to wonder where they came from. We all want to know the secret to their overnight rise to stardom.

What we don’t see on the highlight reel of the award show is all the late nights spent begging to sing in dive bars, or the countless tattered notebooks filled with scribbled lyrics. We don’t hear them singing heartfelt solos in the shower as a roommate bangs on the door telling them to pipe down.

The truth is there is no such thing as overnight success. Or if there is, it never happens overnight.

The 3 Most Powerful Words in the English Language

The 3 Most Powerful Words in the English Language

There are no three words in the English language that inspire greater courage than these: You’re not alone.

I was sitting in a therapy session not too long ago and ashamed to admit something to my counselor. Even though it was his job to not judge me or tell anybody about what goes on in that office, I didn’t want to tell him this.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Launching a Best-selling Book

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Recently, I shared with you the lessons I learned from launching my first national best-seller, The Art of Work. Now, I want to tell you exactly how we did it.

A quick word of warning: Every book, and every launch, is different. In this post, I did my best to pull the principles out of the details, but don’t try to do exactly what I did — it won’t work.