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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

You Have a Voice

Yesterday, I challenged you with a question: “Why should I read your blog?” I was pleasantly surprised by many of your answers and the fact that you answered at all.

But I want to speak for a moment to those of you who didn’t. I want to say something to those of you who don’t know why you blog or question your reason for writing. I need to affirm something, you see…

You Have a Voice: Photo of a microphone

…You have a voice.

God gave you something to say. Even if you don’t believe in this idea of a Creator who has an ultimate plan for the universe, there is something in you that knows you have a purpose. That there is more to life than just you and me and all our stupid, fleeting fancies.

(Yes, I just used “fleeting fancies” in a blog post. That’s how I roll.)

You have a unique voice with a unique message. It is called your story. And only you can tell it. Now, with the advantage of technology, there is no excuse not to share it.

There is no reason why you can’t tell your story to hundreds, if not thousands of people. Today. Not in five years. Not when the publishing company signs you. Now.

There is no rationale for people to not hear your voice except that you won’t use it.

Maybe you’re scared or still don’t believe that you have something to say, so let me encourage you with a simple thought: Tell your story. Only you can do that in your own way. (Remember: Everyone has a story.)

And no one knows this tale as well as you do; in fact, it’s probably more interesting that you realize.

So, tell us your story. And tell it well. Don’t spare us the grit or the glory. Make it bold and audacious. Take a risk. Break some rules.

The world is waiting for authentic accounts of life lived honestly — full of conflict and heartache, complete with passion and pain. Stories to encourage. Stories to inspire. Stories to change.

Stories to let you know that you are not alone.

You have a voice. Use it.

Here are some folks who have something to say and have caught my attention:

I hope you’ll take the time to follow some of them. They’re fantastic. Now, it’s your turn: Who is someone that you’ve been listening to? (It can’t be yourself.)

Recommended reading: How to Use Stories to Change the World

*Photo Credit: Visual Dichotomy

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  • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece

    wow, jeff. thank you for this. a friend and I were just talking about our blogs, and some of the challenges we feel in telling our stories. thank you for speaking right into that place and reiterating to me that my story is worth telling. even when I get tired of my own voice.

    • http://about.me/jeffgoins Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Alece. I love your voice — and not just on your blog. You’re someone who is the same on your blog, in person, and over Twitter — someone who genuinely cares about people. Keep being you; the world will be indebted to you for it.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Alece. You definitely have something to say. Please do us all a favor and say it, even when you don’t feel like it. We’re all the better for it.

  • http://www.edwardpaz.com Edward Paz

    Great post Jeff!

    I’m so glad there is another voice out there encouraging people to find their voice!

    Lately, I’ve been listening to Steven Furtick.

    He is the pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and the author Sun Stand Still.

    As a young pastor full of audacious faith, he is someone who pushes me to dream big.

    Feel free to check him out at http://www.stevenfurtick.com

    • http://about.me/jeffgoins Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Edward. I’ll check him out.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Will definitely have to check him out. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/deggenschwiler Dan Eggenschwiler

    Jeff,

    You just recently posted a link on twitter to the article “Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers.” The article spoke of the abundance of “teachers” or bloggers sounding off their voices given the ease of the digital medium. It seemed that you supported this position or at least thought it worthwhile in considering. So how can you go from cautioning people to teach on one day to encouraging everyone to use their voice the next? I’m not an advocate of either position, it just seems that you aren’t communicating a clear and consistent message.

    Dan

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Hey Dan, thanks for the comment. First of all, when I share a link on Twitter, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am 100% supporting the article’s position. In fact, I rarely agree with everything that I read.

      Usually, it means that I found the article interesting and thought-provoking.

      Second, I don’t see that telling your story with confidence (as I argue in this post) and thinking twice before you publish a strong theological or philosophical position on the web (as the CT article argued) are mutually exclusive.

      Yes, I believe people should be careful posting content on the web, just because they can.

      And yes, I believe in the power of individuals’ stories and think that more people could be bolder in the telling of their tales.

      I don’t see the inconsistency that you’re referring to, but I apologize if I didn’t make myself more clear.

  • MichaelDPerkins

    Stephen Brewster, Kyle Reed and Chad Missildine are all sound guys that I enjoy “listening” to.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Cool

  • http://twitter.com/angiebattle Angie Battle

    I am completely in awe of Kevin Adams with his blog, Wake Up My Faith . His search

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      cool!

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  • Julie Todd

    I have had a blog for 4 years now.  I just closed down the old one and started afresh.  Why?? I was stuck.  It seems I had allowed too many voices to stop the flow of words.  So I began again; because of my love for writing,  and words..  It is my great desire that I might tell a story of a Father who loves more deeply than I have known… 

       This  is my first visit here… A friend sent me here because she sees in me a gift for writing, a story to tell…  I’ve been struggling to see that for myself, to embrace that I am a writer with a story to tell.  I enjoyed my time here… 

       If you would like to visit my blog, here’s the web address:  http://mylongandwindingroad.wordpress.com/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I recently did the same. Thanks for visiting!

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  • http://inhisloveministries.blogspot.com/ Pilar Arsenec

    I listen to you! :)