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Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!

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Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!

    Now is the Time to Give Your Greatest Gift

    Now is the Time to Give Your Greatest Gift

    Is it an act of bravery to merely survive a crisis? Maybe. But if you have the potential to be remarkable, why wouldn’t you be? Now is the time to give your greatest gift to the world.

    • 18 min
    This Is About More Than Toilet Paper

    This Is About More Than Toilet Paper

    “What did you do with this crisis?”
    This may be what our children ask us about this time.
    And as you'll see, a crisis is an opportunity to create something new.
    Links from this episode:
    If you are a creator and in financial need, check out this fund that ConvertKit just created. Also, if you have the means to contribute, please do that. I’ll be making a donation later this week as I know these are hard times for many of my friends. For a little levity, I am launching a cooking show on Instagram where every morning for breakfast, I’ll cook something different and show you how in my live feed. Make sure you’re following me and don’t miss it on Instagram. On Wednesday, March 18, at 1:00pm Central time, I’ll be hosting a free digital meetup for writers and creatives to share their struggles and opportunities presented by the current coronavirus crisis. You can sign up for that right here. 

    • 22 min
    No, We Actually Don’t Need You to Write a Book (The Better Book Manifesto)

    No, We Actually Don’t Need You to Write a Book (The Better Book Manifesto)

    We don’t need more books in the world; we need better books. We don’t need another mystery novel or cancer survival story or career advice tome. We don’t need another seven steps or four laws or twelve rules for anything, really. Sorry. We just don’t. The world is full of bad books, and we don’t need any more of them.
    This is a job. It’s a calling, a sacred responsibility that ought to be taken seriously. If you can get out of it, you should. When Augustine became bishop of Hippo, he wept. Any leader who grasps the weight of her vocation understands this. Writing is a gift and a privilege, to be sure, but it is not an indulgence. It is not something you are owed. Writing is work. And we need you to do your job. 
    We don’t need more bad books. We don’t need another author in the world who takes a selfie at a book signing. We don’t need a book at all—at least not unless it’s going to be a better one.
    Download the Better Book Manifesto here.

    • 8 min
    I Wrote a Book on Public Speaking and Then Became a Successful Speaker

    I Wrote a Book on Public Speaking and Then Became a Successful Speaker

    This week, my first ghostwriting project, The Successful Speaker, comes out. This was a collaboration with Grant Baldwin, the leading expert on what it takes to build a successful speaking business. It was a lot of fun, but what I didn’t expect was how much it would make me a better speaker.
    For more information on The Successful Speaker, visit www.speakerbookbonus.com.

    • 17 min
    You Don’t Need More to Start: 3 Timeless Truths to Succeed

    You Don’t Need More to Start: 3 Timeless Truths to Succeed

    I tend to think of life as a journey these days far more than a destination. If I could summarize what I believe about almost everything in life, it would be this: Clarity comes with action.
    This is harder than it sounds. Do I quit my job or not? Do we make that big move or stay here another year? Do I take the risk, letting go of my fears of what I want, or is that selfish? How do you know what the next step is? The wisest people I’ve met have all said the same thing: You don’t. You may have an intuition, a sense of what should be. But there is no absolute clarity. Fear is always strongest before the first step.
     

    • 34 min
    Why We All Need to Act More Like Artists

    Why We All Need to Act More Like Artists

    "Why do we need art?" In a world that seems to more and more focused on "work works," is there still a place for beauty? Do artists matter anymore? I think they do.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

One Little Life ,

Hugely helpful for writers + creatives

The interviews and personal episodes are both compelling. I learn so much about how to think about my creative work through this podcast, as well as walking away with practical takeaways.

Kent Faver ,

Few not many

Profound principle that Jeff shares. A+ episode!

Level5LeadershipLab-Mike ,

Continual Conversation

Love this podcast! Each episode feels like Jeff is pulling up a chair to continue the conversation from where we left off last episode. That’s one of the big things I want to bake in to my Podcast whenever I launch it.

Thanks Jeff!

@soldoutmike

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