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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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Inspirational and Challenging!

By The Cultural Story-Weaver - May 18 2020
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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.

Few not many

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

iTunes Ratings

275 Ratings
Average Ratings
257
15
2
1
0

Inspirational and Challenging!

By The Cultural Story-Weaver - May 18 2020
Read more
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.

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!

Rank #1: How to Start Writing Your Book

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Aug 02 2018

35mins

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Rank #2: 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

30mins

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Rank #3: Embracing the Discipline to Write Your Book

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Aug 07 2018

28mins

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Rank #4: 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

35mins

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Rank #5: E191: The Power of Finding Your Unique Calling: Interview with Jon Gordon

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May 02 2018

48mins

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Rank #6: 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

49mins

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Rank #7: Instead of Setting Goals, Tell a New Story

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When it comes to achieving goals, many of us may be thinking about them the wrong way.

You and I have been told that you can have everything you want in life if you work hard enough and persevere long enough. But is this really the way life works? Is that even what you want? How often in life do we set our stubborn sights on some goal — a relationship, a kind of work, or even something we want to possess — and as soon as we get it, we are disappointed?

Dec 31 2019

29mins

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Rank #8: How to Develop Multiple Income Streams as a Writer

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May 16 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #9: E202: The Heart to Start Your Creative Journey with David Kadavy

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Jul 27 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: 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

29mins

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Rank #11: 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

25mins

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Rank #12: Building a Business Around Your Personal Brand

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Jun 27 2018

49mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: E196: How ADHD Makes You a Better Writer: Interview with Ryan McRae

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Jun 04 2018

39mins

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Rank #16: 211: How to Monetize Any Niche with Heather Teysko

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Nov 07 2018

48mins

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Rank #17: How to Make Your Writing Absolutely Perfect Every Time

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Oct 02 2018

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Rank #18: 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

36mins

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Rank #19: 218: Do the Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

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In life, there are so many decisions to make.

And so it is with creative work.

As is often the case, art imitates life (and vice versa).

We are constantly choosing one thing over another.

And this can be a real struggle for many of us.

Full shownotes: https://goinswriter.com/next-right-thing/

Apr 29 2019

37mins

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Rank #20: 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

44mins

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

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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.

May 18 2020

27mins

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

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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.

May 13 2020

32mins

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Don't Pivot

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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?

May 04 2020

28mins

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

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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

Apr 27 2020

56mins

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

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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.

Apr 13 2020

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Now is the Time to Give Your Greatest Gift

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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.

Mar 24 2020

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This Is About More Than Toilet Paper

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“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.

Mar 17 2020

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

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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.

Mar 02 2020

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

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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.

Feb 17 2020

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

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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.

Feb 10 2020

34mins

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Why We All Need to Act More Like Artists

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"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.

Feb 03 2020

43mins

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What Creativity Can Do That Nothing Else Can

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There are three messages creativity can communicate, and these messages are what connect us as human beings. Which is to say, without the arts—without the ability to creatively express who we are and what we care about—we lose a bit of our humanity. 

Jan 27 2020

35mins

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222: We Are All Hyphens Now: Chase Jarvis on the Creative Calling

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We are all hyphens.

That's what Chase Jarvis, founder of CreativeLive, amazing photographer, and best-selling author of Creative Calling, told me in our recent conversation: we are all hyphens, and I couldn't agree more. 

In this episode, I have a chat with my friend, Chase Jarvis, a brilliant photographer, entrepreneur, author, thinker. Chase is a bit of a Renaissance Man. We have a fantastic conversation about creativity, the arts, and the business world and why we need you to do your art, why we need you to make things more than we ever have before, and why we need the world to care about art and creativity. This is a great conversation, a bit of a lengthy one at almost an hour, so get your coffee ready and listen in.

We are all hyphens -- we are more than just one thing. I love that.

Listen to Chase share all of his wisdom and be sure to check out his book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life.

Jan 21 2020

52mins

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The Cure for a Boring Career: Build a Portfolio Life

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Whether you’re bored, out of work, or simply wanting a more fulfilling career, I believe that by embracing a portfolio life, you will finally have the peace and contentment you seek in your work.

Jan 13 2020

29mins

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Instead of Setting Goals, Tell a New Story

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When it comes to achieving goals, many of us may be thinking about them the wrong way.

You and I have been told that you can have everything you want in life if you work hard enough and persevere long enough. But is this really the way life works? Is that even what you want? How often in life do we set our stubborn sights on some goal — a relationship, a kind of work, or even something we want to possess — and as soon as we get it, we are disappointed?

Dec 31 2019

29mins

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What Those Winter Blues Can Teach You About True Happiness

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All good stories involve dying. The often-literal death of a mentor requires the hero to grow and move on in his journey. But there is also the shedding of a character’s old identity in exchange for a new way of being. Not to mention, the loss of friends and foes throughout any adventure is a necessary part of the process. Death is a part of every great story, and so it must be for all great lives.

Dec 23 2019

20mins

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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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221: 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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iTunes Ratings

275 Ratings
Average Ratings
257
15
2
1
0

Inspirational and Challenging!

By The Cultural Story-Weaver - May 18 2020
Read more
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.

Few not many

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