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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!

    One Unexpected Outcome of Announcing My Divorce on the Internet

    One Unexpected Outcome of Announcing My Divorce on the Internet

    This past week, I shared the news of my marriage ending. This has been the hardest decision of my life, something I was nervous to talk about publicly, but how people responded more than surprised me.

    • 11 min
    How to Stop Being Distracted and Do What Matters: Interview with Nir Eyal

    How to Stop Being Distracted and Do What Matters: Interview with Nir Eyal

    Distraction is no friend to a writer. But we all have had our dance with her before, haven't we? She is everywhere, all around us, from the devices we use to the websites we visit, to how we consume our news and media. If we are going to truly do work that matters, however, we can't just fight distraction. We have to understand it.
    In this episode, you'll hear:
    How most distraction starts from within and why all behavior stems from the relief of discomfort.
    Why time management is pain management. If you don’t understand the discomfort you are trying to escape, then you’ll never master distraction. Why you can’t separate what makes something engaging from what makes something potentially addictive. The danger behind the word “addictive”. How to make yourself indistractable. The three nutrients kids are missing and why kids are drawn to technology, plus how to help them become indistractable. Nir is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable. You can find him at nirandfar.com.

    • 41 min
    Taking Care of Your Creative Life in the Midst of a Pandemic

    Taking Care of Your Creative Life in the Midst of a Pandemic

    These days, I seem to be going through a personal renaissance, re-thinking who I am, what I do, and my contribution to the world. I keep running into other writers, artists, and creative professionals who seem to be struggling with the same thing: What does nurturing your creative life in a pandemic actually look like?

    • 39 min
    When I Became Me: Understanding the Life of an Artist as Story

    When I Became Me: Understanding the Life of an Artist as Story

    Before you can create anything, you must first create yourself. The process of changing your life—of pursuing a vocation, finding a true love, even making a career transition—always begins with an understanding of who you are. But it doesn’t stop there.

    • 27 min
    The 3 Stages of an Artist’s Work: Transaction, Compromise, Gift

    The 3 Stages of an Artist’s Work: Transaction, Compromise, Gift

    What if the point of becoming a professional artist or writer was not what you thought it was? What if success wasn’t the ultimate goal? What if each phase of your journey, even the frustrating ones, was a necessary stage to better understand what it is you’re here to do?
    In creative work, there is a spectrum from “starving” to “sellout,” and somewhere in the middle is where most of us find ourselves. How do we make sense of this? When you give yourself fully to your vocation, I think, what unfolds is a lifelong process of self-discovery. And so, this work reveals itself to us in stages.

    • 32 min
    Don't Pivot

    Don't Pivot

    The world is in crisis, and many people are telling you to do something new. But what if you didn’t have to do that?
    What if, instead of pivoting into new and exciting opportunities, we who make things considered this a call to our true work?
    What if we doubled down on our strengths, taking these familiar skills deeper than we thought they could go, seeking new ways to do old things?
    What if we asked, “What role is being required of me right now?”—and then did that?

    • 28 min

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282 Ratings

282 Ratings

E.N. Grow Into You Foundation ,

Truly inspiring and enlightening

I am not a huge consumer of podcasts. But the episodes I have stumbled upon of the Portfolio life are truly helping me shift my perspectives about how I spend my time, how I view my talents and how I plan my schedule. I can’t wait to keep learning and growing as I listen to Jeff and his brilliant colleagues in these episodes.

The Cultural Story-Weaver ,

Inspirational and Challenging!

I’ve been following Jeff and listening to his podcast for the past year—since my writing dream resurrected. His messages inspire me and and challenge me to think of my creative art in out-of-the-box ways. I owe much to him. Each time, he brings me back to the heart and art of writing. His podcast on the three stages of transaction, compromise, and gift is insightful and full of experience and words of wisdom.

lukskywok ,

Love

I just started but it already gave me so much energy and power to change my thinking and try out advices. I’m so grateful for that podcast! Thank you

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