Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

013: How to Create Your Own Freedom, Live an Adventure, & Do Work That Matters: A Chat with Chris Guillebeau [Podcast]

Wherever you look, there are voices telling you to “live a better story” or do something “epic.” They make it sound easy. But it’s not so simple, is it? The truth is the epic life requires more than just blind courage. Few people understand this better than Chris Guillebeau.

So when I had a chance to sit down with Chris and chat about these ideas, I really wanted to know one thing: How do you live a life full of adventurous experiences and creative endeavors without going broke? That’s what we discuss in this interview.

012: Learning the Secret to Mastery: An Interview with Robert Greene [Podcast]

Mastery book

We were all born to do one important thing: to pursue our “life’s task” and master it. That’s what Robert Greene believes. In fact, he’s written a whole book about the subject, and it’s called Mastery.

Awhile back, I had a chance to sit down (virtually speaking) with Robert and interview him. We talked about the concept of calling, apprenticeship, and how to master your craft. Greene believes we all have something we intuitively know we were meant to do, and the path to that work — what he calls your “life’s task” — is less glamorous than we’ve been told.

011: Self-Promotion is a Misnomer (and Other Things You Wanted to Know About Marketing) [Podcast]

Most of us think we have to be big-time self-promoters for anyone to hear about our work. Thankfully, that’s just not true. There’s another way.

010: Professor Jonah Berger on the Science Behind Contagious Content (And Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong) [Podcast]

Most of us want to influence others with our ideas. We want our words to spread. Whether you’re writing to inspire or inform or even entertain, you want people to read your words and to share them with their friends.

In this episode of the podcast, Jonah Berger, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On, shares with us six principles to craft contagious content and destroys a few myths in the process.

009: My Top Four Tips for Writing Awesome Articles (That You’re Probably Ignoring) [Podcast]

In this episode of the podcast, we tackle four listener Tina Green Drake’s questions about writing and selling articles. And while Tina’s questions were specific to articles, the answers apply to all types of writing.