Jeff Goins

Our guest for this episode is Jeff Goins, a blogger, speaker and author of several books including his newest work: The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do.

Jeff’s blog, GoinsWriter, is one of the fastest-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for bloggers and writers. In 2011, it won the Top 10 Blogs for Writers award. Each month, he receives over 100,000 visitors to his website. Jeff’s work has been published online and offline in a variety of publications, including RELEVANT Magazine (which has a circulation of over 150,000) and ZenHabits.net (voted one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites).

Highlights from this episode

• How he got into writing, from coming up with gargoyle stories during his sixth grade class to being serious about it during his late twenties.
• Why he believes that everyone is a writer, the steps to take to begin your journey in becoming one and how to work on being better at writing beginning with owning your identity.
• How to make a living out of writing through Jeff’s concept of a portfolio life – a process wherein you view your career not as one thing but as a portfolio – which involves having multiple revenue sources such as speaking engagements, running a blog, teaching courses, consulting or running a business on the side to fill the time when you are not writing.
• How he defines purpose and finding his own through selflessness and living a life of meaning.
• The pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing and which one worked well for Jeff.
• About his newest book, The Art of Work, and his motivation to guide people to find meaning lives through doing meaningful work.
• Practical ways people can unlock their passion and see clearly what they want to pursue including introspection, taking action and going through painful practice.

Quotes from Jeff in this episode

“Some of our greatest passions, even our purpose, are hiding in everyday life.”

“It’s a fallacy that your dream or your calling is something that’s out there. It’s back there, it’s behind you, it’s what you’ve been doing your whole life.”

“If you write, you’re a writer. Go get good.”

“Activity follows identity. Before you can do something, you have to become someone.”

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I need to listen to my life telling me who I am.”

“Most people are waiting for clarity before they act, but I think clarity comes with action.”

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