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, historians 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.

How to Turn Your Greatest Insecurities into Your Greatest Assets: Interview with Brett McKay

The Art of Manliness Today: An Interview with Brett McKay

Often what we create in art and in life stems from our early influences, and this is true for our guest today Brett McKay. Brett is the founder of The Art of Manliness, a web site he describes as a men’s lifestyle magazine that helps men become better men in all aspects of life from being husbands, fathers, citizens, community members, etc.

Brett started The Art of Manliness because, in part, of his grandfather’s influence. One of his favorite childhood memories is going to his granddad’s farm in New Mexico and spending time with his grandfather. His granddad was a jack of all trades, but master of many. He was a curious man who continued learning about the world around him and in the people in it until he died at the age of 101.

How to Build a Blog Site from Scratch

How to Build a Blog Site from Scratch

Over the years, I’ve built over a dozen blogs, many of which were built the wrong way, unfortunately. Which required me to go back and start over.

Eventually, I learned that building a blog is a lot like building a house. Minus the fact that building a house is way more difficult and labor intensive and, oh yeah, super expensive.

A Six-Part Framework for Writing Better Sales Copy

A Six-Part Framework for Writing Better Sales Copy

If you want to sell more of your products and services, or even simply sell more people on your ideas, you must learn the basics of the art of copywriting. But what is copywriting, really? One of my favorite definitions was given by a man named John E. Kennedy, back in 1904. Kennedy defined advertising (and copywriting) as: “salesmanship in print.”

How to Stop Being Awkward & Captivate People’s Attention: Vanessa Van Edwards Interview

On Recovering Awkwardness and The Science of People: An Interview With Vanessa Van Edwards

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest challenges. Vanessa Van Edwards is a prime example of just such a person. She found a way to turn her awkward social skills into a thriving business helping others do the same.

The Short Guide to Launching a Self-Hosted Blog in 8 Minutes or Less [Screencast]

The Short Guide to Launching a Self-Hosted Blog in 8 Minutes or Less

I’m gonna cut to the chase: You need a blog. The world is changing and moving on without you, and it’s time you had a platform of your own to share your message. The best and easiest way to launch a self-hosted blog is with WordPress.

There are over 60 million blogs on WordPress, one of several platforms that helps you to publish online. This number, according to one source, represents only 43% of all blogs, making the total somewhere around 160 million blogs.

These blogs are viewed by an audience of over 400 million people each month — and that’s only one place people are connecting online. Incredible, isn’t it? You’d be hard pressed to argue there’s not a tremendous opportunity here. But are you taking advantage of it?

It’s never been easier to connect with an audience and get your message heard… but are you engaging in the conversation?