Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

143: How to Prepare for Your Big Break Before it Surprises You: Interview with Jill & Kate

143: How to Prepare for Your Big Break Before it Surprises You: Interview with Jill & Kate

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. An aspiring musician moves to Nashville with nothing but a dream and her guitar. She plays in dive bars to whoever will listen in hopes of being discovered and becoming a big star.

We all know how the sad story usually ends. Or do we?

You Aren’t Born an Artist, You Become One

How Anyone Can Become an Artist (The Rule of Re-creation)

What does it take to become an artist? This is the question.

First of all, we are all creative. Maybe some of us create poems and others create summer break schedules, but we all have it in us to be makers — to bring some new creation into the world that did not before exist.

This is the magic of being human.

How I Wrote And Launched A Book In 30 Days Even Though I Didn’t Think I Could Do It

How I Wrote And Launched A Book In 30 Days Even Though I Didn’t Think I Could Do It

I just wrote and launched an ebook in 30 days. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, and yes I did ugly cry. Despite this, I faced my fears and tackled my paralyzing perfectionism to break through and do the unthinkable… make money from my art.

This is the story of how I created a simple product my dream clients actually wanted, wrote over 30,000 words in about a month, and then launched my book, Simple Is The Cure, to my email list of under 500 subscribers to make $800 in a matter of a few weeks.

142: How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko

142: How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko

There are no end of alleged “influencers” on social media telling you to chase your passion. To pull the ripcord and pursue your dreams full-time. What their carefully curated snapshots fail to tell you is that passion isn’t enough. And it shouldn’t be.

How to Fall Back in Love with Writing

How to Fall Back in Love with Writing

It will happen. Eventually. You’ll do something you love, and after awhile, you’ll forget why you started. You’ll build a platform that’s successful, and it won’t matter. Because you’ll resent the thing that brought you so much attention.

You’ll find yourself writing for the approval of others and no longer satisfied with your craft. You will feel trapped. But this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. You’ve yet to create your best work. To live a life that inspires others.