Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

018: Gretchen Rubin: The Habits That Lead to Happiness [Podcast]

Man flying in the air

When asked what we want out of life, many of us respond with a simple answer: “I want to be happy.” But what we often don’t realize is what we need to actually transform our lives.

Have you ever taken a moment to clarify what being “happy” means to you? What if there were actionable steps that you could take to day to reach it? That’s the very question that sent Gretchen Rubin on her journey.

017: Why You Should Solve Your Own Problems: The Story of Designing My Own Blog Theme [Podcast]

Solve your own problem

The most important life lesson I’ve learned from the Internet is this: solve your own problems and then share the solution.

If you want to get the kind of attention your work deserves and build an audience around your words, the best strategy is to share your struggles and talk about what you did to overcome them.

016: Lewis Schiff’s Road to Success: Monetization, Innovation, & Failure [Podcast]

I’m often challenged to think differently about a long-held belief. It’s scary, but I experience growth every time I face the fear and rise to the challenge. In this episode of The Portfolio Life, Lewis Schiff challenges our ideas about becoming successful in our chosen careers.

015: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: Counterintuitive Advice from Author Ryan Holiday [Podcast]

Most of us think that to be a writer, we need to study writing. We imagine (or dread) going back to school to get an advanced degree in creative writing. But Ryan Holiday chose another path.

He realized that he could learn a lot more about writing and marketing books by studying at the feet of the people doing exactly what he wanted to learn.

014: Is Content Really King? [Podcast]

Content Is King

Content is not king. Content is a fat, dethroned monarch, dis-empowered of his royal ability to influence. And he lost that power a long time ago. In other words, your words are not enough. I almost wish they were.

I know plenty of brilliant writers who don’t get the attention they deserve. Will their work eventually get noticed? Maybe. Some day. But why not now? Why not today? Because we’re believing a lie.