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Jeff Goins


Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Jeff:

Why You Can’t Win an Argument about Coronavirus (or Anything, Really)

Did you know that your thoughts are not real? What you think about reality is not reality. It is just a perception. Does this depress you? It should liberate you. Do you wrestle with the way things… → Read More

The Way to Win Right Now is to Give, Not Hoard

I don’t know who you are or what you do or what you make of all this madness that is our world today. Every day, I wake up wondering where I am and what is happening, and it all feels so confusing… → Read More

The Art of Making Good Decisions

Lately, I’ve been hearing from friends who are struggling to make the right decision. “I want to write a book but I don’t know where to start.” “I’d love to quit my job, but what would I do?” “I’ve… → Read More

The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed

The other week, I was invited to a dinner hosted by a friend. Those attending included people I’ve admired for years. Halfway through the dinner, I silently asked myself, “How did I get here?” For… → Read More

How to Finish Writing Your Book By Abandoning It Well

How do you know when you're done with a creative project? You don't. Not really. Here's what you need to do to end the process of writing a book well. → Read More

Embracing the Discipline to Write Your Book

Whether you write for a traditional publisher or yourself as a self-publisher, the same rules of doing the work apply. You need to decide on a container for your art. These restraints will give you clarity and guidance. Mostly, they come in the form of genres and word counts. → Read More

How to Start Writing Your Book

The slowest part of the process, the beginning of writing a book, is really challenging. You have to decide on a topic, plan an outline, and create a structure. I liken it to riding a bicycle up a hill because you really have to work to gain any momentum at all. Today's podcast is going to focus on getting started. → Read More

The Heart to Start Your Creative Journey with David Kadavy

I believe David is an underrated writer and thinker. In an age of instant publication, he puts time, effort and great thought into the content and work he shares with the world. Initially, he found success with his first book, Design for Hackers. → Read More

Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves with Casey Graham

Casey Graham has always been an entrepreneur. At age seven, he landed a customer who paid him seven dollars a week to pull weeds. At age 13, he cut grass for a man who taught him to play the guitar and invest in mutual funds. → Read More

Chasing Dreams and Finding Truth: Interview with Tim Grahl

In a blaze of glory twelve years ago, Tim Grahl quit his day job and went to work for himself full time. Having taught himself internet marketing and web development, he used the form emails from Charlie Hoen's book Recession Proof Graduate to pitch authors on how to improve their websites and help them market themselves online. → Read More

What to Do When You Feel Like a Fake

This is how the work begins. You get a sense that something is missing. So you leave the familiar in search of something else. You chase your calling and find something that looks a lot like it. It's not exactly what you thought but close enough. → Read More

Making a Successful Living as a Musician: Jon McLaughlin

On this episode of The Portfolio Life, Jon gives us his answer about not revisiting his published work and the story of his success. Jon signed a record deal with Island DefJam Records just after graduating from college and experienced a shake-up that led to Sara Bareilles singing one of his songs. → Read More

Seven Types of Blog Comments and How to Respond to Them

Every blogger loves comments. If you have a blog, you will encounter numerous types of people who leave comments on your posts. Here are seven of them. → Read More

How to Sustain an Artistic Career for 25 Years: Interview with Mike Herrera

Joining us to share his story and wisdom is Mike Herrera, the lead singer of punk band MxPx. Mike is also a podcaster, bass player, and songwriter who has completed multiple solo music projects and collaborations. → Read More

If You Want to Change Things, Remember Every Revolution Begins with Words

Never, ever, ever underestimate the power your words can have. Take today — July 4th — for instance. In America, we call this Independence Day, because it marks the beginning of our freedom. And it’s… → Read More

How To Create Your Own Big Break as an Artist: Interview with Caleb Rexius

Caleb has created my last two book trailers, both of which get me compliments all the time. I believe his work raises the bar in this industry, so I wanted to bring him on the show to tell us how he got started and how he created big breaks for himself. → Read More

How to Not Waste Your Time at Another Pointless Conference

Should you go to that industry conference everyone is talking about? → Read More

Your Big Break Is Never Coming (Do This Instead) – Jeff Goins –

Most of us are waiting for our Big Break. And that’s the worst way to succeed. Let’s look at one of history’s most successful artists to see why — and what we should do instead. When a young… → Read More

20 Tips to Wow an Audience and Own the Stage

Michael Port is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, professional actor, and public speaking coach. He used index cards to engage the Tribe Conference attendees and shared 20 tips to wow an audience and own the stage. → Read More

Where You Live May Be the Most Important Career Choice You Make

What does it take to succeed? You may have heard the adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And there’s truth to that. But before you can find the who, you first have to find the where… → Read More