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The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

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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!

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Hugely helpful for writers + creatives

By One Little Life - Nov 14 2019
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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.

Few not many

By Kent Faver - Sep 19 2019
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Profound principle that Jeff shares. A+ episode!

iTunes Ratings

260 Ratings
Average Ratings
243
14
2
1
0

Hugely helpful for writers + creatives

By One Little Life - Nov 14 2019
Read more
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.

Few not many

By Kent Faver - Sep 19 2019
Read more
Profound principle that Jeff shares. A+ episode!

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The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

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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!

184: How to Launch a Book Without a Platform: Interview with Rachel Swanson

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Mar 19 2018

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The Benefits of Taking Time Off: Interview with Bob Lotich

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Sep 24 2018

39mins

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How to Risk like a Writer

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Jun 15 2018

34mins

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How to Start Writing Your Book

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Aug 02 2018

35mins

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3 Lessons on Becoming a Professional Writer from Tribe Conference Speakers

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Jun 21 2018

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3 Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit

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It’s one thing to call yourself a writer; it’s quite another to actually write.

So what separates the pros from the amateurs?

Is it God-given talent? Natural skill? Or something else?

Of course, we all have gifts that we’ve been given.

This is grace, the fact that we have things we are good at — and don’t deserve them.

But what we do with those gifts is what separates the outliers from the rest of the pack.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/start-writing-daily/

Jan 14 2019

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What to Do When You Feel Like a Fake

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Jul 12 2018

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Writing Lesson 1: Great Ideas

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What’s the secret to writing a great book?

Is it having a great book marketing plan?

Hiring a PR agency?

Studying grammar for years so you can craft the perfect sentence?

Nope.

The secret to writing a great book is coming up with a great idea.

It all hinges on the idea.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/great-idea/

Dec 05 2018

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E191: The Power of Finding Your Unique Calling: Interview with Jon Gordon

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May 02 2018

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How to Make Email Work for You

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Whether you want to write books, make art, or share your music with the world, having an email list of fans is a must.

Email is the most effective way to communicate with your people.

Social networks come and go.

Marketing trends fade.

But email is forever.

Today, I want to share with you how to pull all of this together.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/elist

Jun 27 2019

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188: Blog Your Way to a Traditional Book Deal: Interview with Erin Odom

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Apr 12 2018

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3 Reasons Your Writing Sucks

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Learning how to be unapologetically ourselves in our writing and creative work is the first step to becoming effective at what we do.

If we don’t do this, our writing will not resonate with our audience.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/writing-sucks/

May 05 2019

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182: From Hollywood Screenwriter to Best-Selling Author: Interview with Eric Barker

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Mar 06 2018

49mins

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Writing is Manual Labor

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How does inspiration happen?

Where does it come from?

Do we wait for it to come or simply get to work?

And how does one go about capturing such a thing?

Most importantly, how does a writer actually write?

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/manual-labor/

Dec 10 2018

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Your work is not for everyone. That's the point of it.

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The point of marketing is not to convince people to buy your stuff.

It’s to help you find the people who need your work.

Don’t create something for everyone.

Create something for someone.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/not-for-everyone/

Apr 08 2019

35mins

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How to Handle a Mistaken Identity

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Sep 23 2018

33mins

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How to Develop Multiple Income Streams as a Writer

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May 16 2018

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5 Ways to Build a Powerful Email Newsletter List

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It’s one thing to understand the importance of email marketing and quite another to actually build an email list that allows you to reach a large audience.

One of the best things I ever did as a blogger was to build my own email list.

It gave me the power to no longer beg for attention, but be able to communicate regularly with an audience of people who wanted to hear what I had to say.

Not only that, it changed my life and work forever.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/email-list-build

Jun 26 2019

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211: How to Monetize Any Niche with Heather Teysko

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Nov 07 2018

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4 Signs You Might Be a Starving Artist (and What to Do About It)

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It’s time you started thriving, and that really begins with you changing your mind.

But maybe you don’t realize that you’re a starving artist.

Maybe it didn’t occur to you that the way you think about yourself and your work is actually holding you back.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/challenge/

May 14 2019

39mins

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Your Questions Answered: Writing, Marketing and More

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A few weeks ago, I did an episode of The Portfolio Life called "Don’t Build an Empire, Find a Few Friends Who Care." It was about how the secret of marketing and getting your ideas to spread is really just about having a few friends who care. You want to create remarkable work and put it into the right hands to get it to spread.

So, in the email that I wrote for that podcast and blog essay, I asked people to email me a question, something that they were struggling with or need help with, and I got a ton of questions. Here I am a few weeks later, still not having answered those questions (sorry!) and so I decided to just turn on the old mike, pull up the inbox, and answer those questions in a podcast.

Hopefully, these are answers to questions not just a handful of folks asked but maybe questions that you're wondering about. Often, when you're in a classroom or workshop setting, some brave soul raises their hand to ask a question. It's often something lots of other people around are wondering as well so hopefully, that's the case here, and you get your question answered, even if you didn't ask it. 

Nov 11 2019

42mins

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The Secret to Innovative Work: Be Different, Not Better

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Often, we think the way to stand out from the pack is to be better. And sometimes that is the answer: to become an improved version of who you were yesterday, to do what the “other guy” is doing with a few added features.

However, this is often a losing strategy, as you are making iterative improvements on someone else’s work. A better way to become world-class at what you do is to change the game completely.

Don’t be better; be different. 

Nov 04 2019

53mins

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Episode 220: Interview with Matt Kepnes

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I've often wondered what would it be like to be a nomad and travel the world. I did this for a brief time in my early 20s and then stopped, and recently I've been falling back in love with travel.

I’ve bumped into some really interesting people who have traveled the world. I've learned that travel is not so much about the places you go or the people you meet, but instead, it's about the person you become.

In this episode of The Portfolio Life, I talk with Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt. Matt spent 10 years of his life traveling the world. He's the New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, as well as a follow-up book he just published called Ten Years a Nomad.

In this interview, Matt and I discuss:

  • How a movie changed Matt’s trajectory and a vacation led to a new career
  • What is means to like the “art” but not the “job” of being a creative professional as well as the difference between a hobby and a profession
  • How travel and a change of environment makes you uncomfortable and why you should lean into that
  • Why you should travel alone at least once
  • How familiarity leads to complacency
  • Why one of the greatest gifts of travel is learning to be your own best friend

Oct 21 2019

46mins

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Yourself

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"Just be yourself" is probably the worst advice we could ever receive or give a person.

Few of us actually know who we really are. And yet, if we can acquire this art of self-awareness, everything changes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

But how do I do that?

For full show notes, click here: https://goinswriter.com/unbearable-lightness/

Oct 10 2019

45mins

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How to End Things Well

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Recently while speaking on stage, I heard myself say something I didn’t plan on sharing.

I didn’t rehearse it. I didn’t have it in my notes. It just came out.

The line was:

“Sometimes, the good has to end before the better can begin.”

Full shownotes available here: https://goinswriter.com/pruning

Sep 27 2019

59mins

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Don’t Build an Empire, Find a Few Friends Who Care

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The best marketing you can do for your work is not to build an empire, but to find a few friends who care.

We all want to reach the masses and see our work get into the mainstream. We want to have an “impact.” But the only way to reach the many is to first reach the few.

This is all marketing is:

Finding a handful of misfits who appreciate your work before anyone else does, then giving those people the tools to help spread the message.

The way we get a Harry Potter, Apple Computer, or Amanda Palmer is not by trying to reach everyone all at once. Quite the opposite in fact.

Full shownotes available here.

Sep 18 2019

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How to Make Email Work for You

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Whether you want to write books, make art, or share your music with the world, having an email list of fans is a must.

Email is the most effective way to communicate with your people.

Social networks come and go.

Marketing trends fade.

But email is forever.

Today, I want to share with you how to pull all of this together.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/elist

Jun 27 2019

12mins

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5 Ways to Build a Powerful Email Newsletter List

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It’s one thing to understand the importance of email marketing and quite another to actually build an email list that allows you to reach a large audience.

One of the best things I ever did as a blogger was to build my own email list.

It gave me the power to no longer beg for attention, but be able to communicate regularly with an audience of people who wanted to hear what I had to say.

Not only that, it changed my life and work forever.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/email-list-build

Jun 26 2019

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How to Write Better Email

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Over the years, I’ve seen all kinds of marketing fads come and go.

  • MySpace
  • FriendFeed
  • Xanga1
  • Google Plus
  • Blogging
  • Podcasting

Some of these have come and gone and come back again.

And some have stayed gone.

But do you know what has always remained?

Email.

Email marketing is the best, most reliable way to grow and communicate with an audience online.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/enewsletter/

Jun 24 2019

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Why You Need an Email List Now

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You need an email list. It's just that simple.

If you want to write a book that sells thousands of copies or more, you need people paying attention to your work.

If you want your message to spread, you need people's permission to communicate with them.

And if you want your words to change something, then you need an audience.

The best way to do all that is by building an email list.

Full show notes here: https://goinswriter.com/email/

Jun 21 2019

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220: How to Travel the World and Write About It: Lex Latkovski

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Is it possible to live life on your own terms?

Can you do what you want when it defies the expectations of others?

Is the way you’re living right now a story that others would want to tell?

And how do you do all this with bills to pay and responsibilities to manage?

In this episode of The Portfolio Life, I talk with my friend Lex Latkovski (who also happens to be a member of my Tribe Writers Mastermind).

Lex has been to 80 countries, all 50 U.S. states, lived as a Zen monk for 16 months, and recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that led to his first book Passport Forward.

Full shownotes here: https://goinswriter.com/lex-latkovski

Jun 19 2019

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219: Your Best Creative Tool (Is You) with Paul Jarvis

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As you may know, I’ve been traveling quite a bit this year.

It’s been fun to meet many of you at the various events I’ve spoken at or attended.

One question I keep hearing is: “What’s your favorite writing tool?”

It’s always good to ask what’s working for someone, but this question represents a popular misconception about creative work.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/jarvis

Jun 13 2019

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Why You Failed at That Last Goal You Set

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You didn’t fail.

The goal was to learn something, so if you learned, you succeeded. It’s only when the unexpected happens and we don’t learn from it that we really fail.

The reason why you may not have achieved what you set out to achieve was that you were measuring (and therefore expecting) the wrong thing.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/quick-win/

Jun 06 2019

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Why Anyone Buys Anything: How to Close the Sale on a Product Launch

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Why does anyone buy anything?

Because the cost of not having it is greater than the cost of acquiring it.

This is true for almost everything but especially for sales and marketing.

If you want to thrive as a creative professional, you need to understand what it takes for someone to buy from you.

Otherwise, you just might starve.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/close-sale/

May 31 2019

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Your Guide to Launching Your First Product Quickly and Well

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When is it time to launch your latest product?

The answer is before you think it’s ready.

This is where you make your product public.

Is it a book? A course? A new coaching program?

Now is the time for you to let the world know.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/quick-launch/

May 31 2019

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Everything You Need to Know to Build Your First Digital Product

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Digital products have changed my life. Courses. Ebooks. Coaching programs. Masterminds. Membership sites. All of it.

Making things and sharing them on the Internet has revolutionized the way I live, learn, and earn a living.

And if you aren’t taking advantage of this revolution right now, you are missing out on a lot.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/walkthrough/

May 30 2019

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How to Create Something from Nothing

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How do you create something from nothing?

You don’t.

You always start with something.

Creation comes from chaos.

And so will your next book, course, or big project.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/scratch/

May 29 2019

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Your Minimum Viable Product

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One of the challenges of being a creative professional is that you aren’t always sure what people will buy.

It often feels like a game of Roulette, in which you have to create a lot of work, hoping someone will buy something.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way?

What if you could sell something before you ever created it?

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/minimum-viable-product/

May 28 2019

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Product Launch Failure: How to Avoid It by Testing Before Your Build

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So many people set out to create a product—whether it’s a book, a coaching service, or an online course—and assume they know what people want.

Don’t do that.

Instead of assuming, just ask.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/test-it/

May 24 2019

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How to Make Something & Sell It in 7 Days: Your First Digital Product

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People don’t typically buy what they need. They buy what they want.

Which is why I love the saying:

“Sell them what they want, give them what they need.”

But how, exactly, do we do that?

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/first-product/

May 24 2019

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