Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

It’s Time to Begin

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It’s time to get started. No excuses or distractions. It’s time to start writing.

What to Do with Unfair Criticism


If you are going to create art, to engage in work worth remembering, don’t forget this one thing. There will always be critics. There will always be people who want to malign, insult, and correct you. And sometimes, you need to listen to them.


There will always be critics — those who will malign and slander your work, call you a hack, or convince you to quit.

Writing Tip: Tell Me Something Different

Don’t tell me something that I could’ve read somewhere else. Don’t tell me something that I already know. Tell me something different. Tell me something unique, something that will cause me to read what you wrote not once, but twice or three times. Tell me something that will cause me to go back and read it again to my wife. Tell me something that I’m going to highlight, post to Twitter, and repeat to myself for the rest of the day. Tell me something I won’t easily forget. Again, I say: tell me something different.

How to Manage Up

Here are the five basic steps for managing up:

1) Train your boss to meet with you regularly.
2) Come to every meeting with a detailed agenda.
3) Keep a pulse on your boss’s changing priorities.
4) Anticipate problems and offer solutions.
5) Always be prepared to give status reports on your project at any time.