Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

148: How to Become a Prolific Writer and Publish Over 200 Books: Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

148: How to Become a Prolific Writer and Publish Over 200 Books: Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

Writing your first book is like running a marathon. When it’s finally over, you’re equally excited and exhausted. You might even be a little sick (of your book). Now, imagine doing that almost 200 times.

With my fifth book getting ready to release this summer, I can barely fathom the level of discipline and creativity required to produce 20 books in a lifetime, let alone a couple hundred.

147: Spike Your Creativity by Sleeping Smarter: Interview with Shawn Stevenson

147: How to Spike Your Creative Output: Interview with Shawn Stevenson

The irony of the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is that if you deprive yourself of sleep, you’ll be dead sooner. And when you’re dead, you’re not sleeping. And you’re not writing either.

For whatever reason we have a tendency, creatives in particular, to default to sacrificing sleep at the altar of our work before anything else. God forbid we binge watch Netflix less or stop bringing our smartphones to bed.

The trouble is, we’re doing more harm to our health and our creativity by burning the candle at both ends than we realize.

146: The Strategic Advantage of Creative Thinking: Interview with Rob Levit

146: The Strategic Advantage of Creative Thinking: Interview with Rob Levit

For too long an expanding gap has existed between working in a cubicle and spending time on your craft. Creative thinking and critical thinking are not at odds. In fact, when you allow the two halves of your mind to work together, you can unlock amazing potential.

145: How to Draw Creative Inspiration from Your Day Job: Interview with John Weiss

145: How to Draw Creative Inspiration from Your Day Job: Interview with John Weiss

It’s hard for some people to believe, but you don’t have to choose between your day job and your dream job. The two can complement each other in ways you never imagined possible.

When you think of a cartoonist, you probably don’t think of somebody with a Masters degree in criminal justice administration. A creative life of making satirical art doesn’t jive with running a police department. On the surface, these two occupations seem at odds with one another.

But that’s just what this week’s guest on The Portfolio Life did for over 25 years.

144: Why Generosity is a Strategic Advantage: Interview with Ryan Delk

144: Why Generosity is a Strategic Advantage: Interview with Ryan Delk

Most of our email inboxes are out of control. Besides the junk there are people asking for help, advice, or an introduction. In the moment, it feels easier to delete it and move on. Turns out, we are missing out on a strategic opportunity.

After working at big name start ups like Square and Gumroad, Ryan Delk knows a thing or two about the power of influence, and the value of a strong network. It seems like he always knows somebody who can help you with your problem, and he’s done that with intention.