Rank #1: One Habit That Will Help You Get Healthier, Create Better Art, & Live a Happier Life
We all want to do big things with our lives, but the truth is that change, both good and bad, happens over time. It's something practiced gradually.
Rank #2: 3 Steps You Can Take Today to Start Making a Living Writing
Since the last Tribe Writers class I taught in October, I've been busy. In the months since, I've spoken with hundreds of writers, asking them where they are getting stuck and how to work through those challenges. I've been coaching, teaching, and learning a lot -- all with the intent of better helping you, my dear reader and fellow writer. I've been studying the methods of successful writers from all genres, and what I've developed is a 12-step roadmap that will help just about any struggling writer break through to the next level.
Rank #3: How to Finish Writing Your Book By Abandoning It Well
How do you know when you’re done with a creative project? You don’t. Not really. Here’s what you need to do in order to end the process of writing a book well.
Rank #4: The Writer’s Roadmap: 12 Steps to Make a Living Writing
"Writers don't make any money." I've heard teachers and relatives and even authors themselves say this. But is it true? It doesn't have to be. Yes, we have all heard the tales of starving artists. But here's the other side of that story: You don't have to starve. Not today. Not with the countless opportunities that exist to share your message with the world.
Rank #5: Type Delete Type: What Writers Do (or “Why I’m Editing My Life”)
Type. Delete. Type. This is what we writers do. And it cannot be ignored, avoided, or accelerated. You put the words on the page, rearrange them, remove some of them, add more words, and at some point get something that looks complete.
Rank #6: Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves with Casey Graham
Casey Graham has always been an entrepreneur. At age seven, he landed a customer who paid him seven dollars a week to pull weeds. At age 13, he cut grass for a man who taught him to play the guitar and invest in mutual funds.
Rank #7: Finding Significance Throughout Your Career with Ken Davis
We all want to matter and make a difference. But what happens when we eventually make that difference? Do we pin our self-worth on that achievement or do we acknowledge the grace and gratitude of every moment of our journey?
Rank #8: How to Write Your Best Book: Part One
Writing your first book is equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. You're scared and excited at the same time. One fear that grips new authors is how to write a book in the first place. Turns out, you re-learn this skill with every new title. After writing four books, you might assume that it was easy for me to tackle a fifth without much help. But we both know that lasting creative success happens in the context of community. Real Artists Don't Starve was no exception.
Rank #9: 3 Lessons on Becoming a Professional Writer from Tribe Conference Speakers
After spending a decade in a shadow career that was very close to being an author, Tim Grahl decided to apprentice under Shawn Coyne to not only learn how to write fiction (a story that works) but also what it takes to become a professional writer. Shawn summarizes that Resistance, a term coined by Steven Pressfield to describe internal struggle, keeps us from our calling and meaningful work. To beat it, you have to turn pro.
Rank #10: How to Make Your Big Break with Caleb Rexius
Caleb has created my last two book trailers, both of which people compliment all the time. Caleb's work raises the bar in this industry, so I wanted to bring him on the show to tell us how he got started, and how he created big breaks for himself.
Rank #11: 002: This Might Not Work: A Conversation with Seth Godin About Art [Podcast]
Are you afraid to share your work with the world? Do you secretly worry if you created something that mattered, people would hate it? That's what making art is all about. In this episode of The Portfolio Life, Jeff interviews best-selling author and popular blogger Seth Godin about this very topic.
Rank #12: 012: Learning the Secret to Mastery: An Interview with Robert Greene [Podcast]
We were all born to do one important thing: to pursue our "life's task" and master it. That's what Robert Greene believes. In fact, he's written a whole book about the subject, and it's called Mastery. Awhile back, I had a chance to sit down (virtually speaking) with Robert and interview him. We talked about the concept of calling, apprenticeship, and how to master your craft. Greene believes we all have something we intuitively know we were meant to do, and the path to that work — what he calls your "life's task" — is less glamorous than we've been told.
Rank #13: Why It’s Never Too Late To Be An Artist: An Interview with Lisa Congdon
Do you think it’s never too late to be an artist? Or is there a cutoff point in life when to give up on your artistic dreams? Our guest for today is shaking up the notion that you can only pursue your artistic path when you’re young. Lisa talks about what happened on her artistic journey in this episode of The Portfolio Life, including how many years it took for her work to become a part-time source of income and then a full-time source. You’ll definitely want to hear her inspiring journey, and her advice on how you can follow suit.
Rank #14: 118: 3 Writing Habits, Blogs, and Books You Need to Succeed as a Writer
You will not become a successful writer accidentally. You will need to develop yourself as a writer and learn from others better than yourself if you want to succeed. So, where should you begin?
Rank #15: Everything We Do (As Writers and Artists) is Marketing
For the longest time, I despised marketing. Couldn't stand it. It just felt like pure dishonesty. I felt this way long before ever becoming a writer. Little did I know that just about everything I did was marketing.
Rank #16: The Best Writing Tool For Bloggers And Authors
If you know your craft well enough, almost any tool will do. Yes, better tools can lead to better work. But a true master doesn’t need the best tools to create great art. Better writing tools don’t make you a better writer. Better writing does.
Rank #17: 110: Rob Bell on Creating a Life Worth Living, Creativity, and Writing
This week on The Portfolio Life, Rob Bell and I discuss creating a life worth living, and how you have the ability, choice, and power to pursue your calling. During this conversation, you will also have the opportunity to peer into Rob’s creative rhythms and writing process, and how he balances life and work.
Rank #18: Stop Trying to Be Famous and Build a Body of Work Instead
These days, it's easy to be famous. There are more influencers on Instagram than there have ever been famous people in the history of humanity. And our culture just keeps intoxicating us with the allure of more attention, and that it's an easy thing to chase.
Rank #19: The Fun Formula: Why Doing What’s Fun Brings Success with Joel Comm
Have you been told you have to work the hardest to be the most successful? Our guest for today would disagree and he's written a book on why fun is actually the key to success! Joel Comm is a podcaster, blogger, speaker, Internet marketer, and an author. His latest book, which I love, is called The Fun Formula.
Rank #20: The Seven Stages of Finding Your Calling
Finding your calling usually isn’t a defining moment of clarity. It’s a hard, long process to discover what you were meant to do with your life. Each step of finding your own calling is difficult in its own. To find your calling you must walk through the seasons of awareness, apprenticeship, practice, discovery, profession, mastery, and legacy.