Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

For centuries, believed the great Renaissance master was just another Starving Artist, struggling to make ends meet. Michelangelo himself embraced this image, living frugally and often complaining about money. He once wrote in a poem that his art had left him “poor, old and working as a servant of others.”

But it turns out he wasn’t telling the truth.

Stop Trying to Be Famous and Build a Body of Work Instead

Stop Trying to Be Famous and Build a Body of Work Instead

These days, it’s easy to be famous. There are more influencers on Instagram than there have ever been famous people in the history of humanity. And our culture just keeps intoxicating us with the allure of more attention, and that it’s an easy thing to chase.

Is “Legacy” Just Another Name for Ego?

Is "Legacy" Just Another Name for Ego?

I used to think a lot about my funeral. I wanted to do great things and be remembered by people. I wanted them to say nice things about me after I was gone. I thought I was talking about legacy. But really it was all about ego.

Don’t Get Sophisticated, Stay Scrappy

Don't Get Sophisticated, Stay Scrappy

Don’t get comfortable. The habits that make you successful are the same ones that allow you to succeed. And although this makes perfect sense, many of us forget this.

We achieve a little bit of success, think much of ourselves, and forget to keep practicing. We get lazy, and as a result, we lose the very thing we worked so hard to attain.

Avoid the Comparison Trap and Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

The other day, I posted something snarky on Facebook: So how do you use social media without hating everyone?

To be honest, I was just venting. I’m a pretty insecure person and can easily get jealous of what other people are doing. And I wanted to know if I was the only one who did that. I received a lot of interesting responses.

You Can Be a Critic or a Creator (But You Have to Choose One)

Seek Feedback, Ignore Criticism

Professionals make things every day and then they share them. That’s how they get better — by making things.

Amateurs, on the other hand, wait for their big break and hide in the shadows until someone discovers them. Incidentally, they are the ones who are quick to criticize those making things.

Which one would you rather be: the brave creator, or the cowering critic?