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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!

    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
    Everything Is a Performance: Michael Port on the Roles We Play

    Everything Is a Performance: Michael Port on the Roles We Play

    How do you respond to something like a pandemic? A crisis when the whole world goes upside down. What role is being required of you when you feel like the thing that you offer the world isn't even needed?
    In this week's episode of The Portfolio Life, I interview my longtime friend and mentor, Michael Port. Michael is a best-selling author, fantastic speaker, and co-founder, along with his wife, Amy, of an organization called Heroic Public Speaking, where they train communicators on how to change the world one great speech at a time.
    What I loved about this conversation was Michael's response to the question of what do you do when you feel like your craft isn't necessary, such as during a crisis like we're experiencing right now. When the world changes, do you double down on what you've always done, or do you adapt and evolve? I think his answer will surprise you. His response to the current crisis we're all experiencing is that sometimes a crisis reveals your true values, and in many ways, forces you to focus on the things that have always been most important to you. What happens when you ask yourself the question, "how can I share these gifts and skills, in a way, right now, where they're actually needed?"
    Michael and I talked about public speaking and communication, and how to respond both as an artist and as an entrepreneur when the world seems to be changing. I think you'll really enjoy it.
    A few things we discussed:
    How training as an actor prepared Michael for a transition to author, speaker, and public speaking coach
    Why he and his wife founded Heroic Public Speaking and their training center in New Jersey
    Why he pivoted his mission to helping people stop speaking and start performing so they can create transformative experiences for audiences
    What it means to embrace the art of performance and why it’s a good thing
    How maintaining a rigidly fixed view of who you are and how you behave can be disastrous and why being flexible and fluid in your behavior can help you influence an outcome
    The logic behind the idea of changing how someone thinks by changing how they feel and how actions produce emotions
    How to pivot what you offer and how you offer it to the people you serve and what those people actually need right now
    The dangers behind having a personal brand
    Deep work versus surface work and distractions
    Resources we mention on the show:
    Steal the Show by Michael Port
    Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
    Heroic Public Speaking
    Download Michael's Primer on Virtual Presentations

    • 56 min
    Think You’re Doing This Quarantine Thing Terribly? I’ve Got You Beat (But There’s Still Hope)

    Think You’re Doing This Quarantine Thing Terribly? I’ve Got You Beat (But There’s Still Hope)

    Hello there from quarantine. You might be feeling some shame for being unproductive or lazy or depressed during this time of crisis and social distancing. Please allow me to make you feel better. I am doing this worse than you, promise.
    How are you coping in these times of uncertainty? What stable, stupid, and new things are you doing to stay sane? I’d love to hear about it.

    • 16 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 Ratings

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

Rachelrichards92 ,

All time favorite podcast

I have listened to (and been a guest on) hundreds of podcasts and Jeff Goins’ The portfolio Life is one of my all time favorites. I mean just look at the podcast episode titles! I’ve been listening for months and am excited there are so many episodes I can go back and learn from. I especially loved his interview with Honorée Corder, which is the episode I most recently listened to. Thank you for creating this podcast Jeff! Highly recommend!

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