Your Writing Will Fail If You Don’t Do This

Note: I’m doing a live Q&A this Tuesday, Nov. 17. Ask me anything about launching a writing career. Register for free here.

Nothing stings like failure. I’ve tasted it many times. It’s the worst feeling in the world to fall short of your dreams. Especially when those dreams involve writing.

Writer failure

I hate telling people they’ll fail, but I care too much about you to lie to you. If you want to succeed, you’re going to need one thing that most people neglect in their writing careers. Without it, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.

So what is it? Not what you think.

A lot of people today say that passion is what drives success, but that’s not true. You need more than a deep desire to succeed. You need a strategy. That’s one thing that makes everything easier if you have it. And it makes everything harder if you don’t.

This is what one of my Tribe Writers students learned when she finally got tired of not having an audience and decided to build her own. Here’s her story.

How to get a celebrity blogger to notice you

One of the most humbling parts about what I do is seeing students I teach do things I haven’t done. One person who did that in an astounding way is Elizabeth Kelsey.

elizabeth kelsey

Elizabeth took my Tribe Writers course last year, and at the end of it, she sent me a message: “Tribe Writers has helped me in so many ways, it has given me the confidence to continue writing and also helped me grow my blog to over 2K subscribers by finding my voice.”

Elizabeth started blogging almost six years ago. She started a small niche site but quickly discovered she wasn’t passionate about the topic she was writing about. So she decided to start a second blog called Savouring Simplicity.

“The blog just felt better from the start,” she told me, “as I was no longer writing exclusively about family travel and had networked with writers who shared similar passions with me, i.e. the importance of family, creative living, and eating a whole foods based diet.”

It grew at “a decent pace but not exactly fast,” she said. “I decided to take the advice you gave in Tribe Writers to guest post more frequently, and it began to grow fast. Tribe Writers talk about connecting with people through having a worldview, and that was crucial for me.”

Then, what Elizabeth told me next blew me away: “Oh, also wanted to let you know: I was on Cameron Diaz’s blog last week!!! Seriously!! Took your advice, pitched them, boom.”

Um, what? Cameron Diaz… the actress?! Yes, that Cameron Diaz.

So how did she do it? How did Elizabeth start guest posting for celebrities and quickly build an email list of 2000 readers? Not by passion. By strategy.

What popular bloggers know that you don’t

Elizabeth used a strategy implemented by some of the biggest bloggers in the world. In fact, it’s a strategy I’ve used since the beginning: guest posting.

Through guest posting, Elizabeth built her list, grew her network, and contributed to blogs of celebrities, such as Cameron Diaz and Carrie Ann Moss (who played Trinity in The Matrix). But the way she did this was crucial to her success.

Elizabeth didn’t just hope to succeed. She set a goal, found a winning strategy, then created a plan to get there. If you want to succeed as a writer, you’re going to have to do the same.

Passion alone doesn’t lead to success. You need to be strategic. Here’s the formula:

Things won’t just happen to you, especially if you want to be a writer. You’re going to have to learn from those who have gone before you and tasted success. Understand their methods and use their strategies.

Trying to do it on your own is just foolish. Learn from the best, mimic what they do, and figure out your own way. You won’t succeed without a strategy. It’s just that simple.

This is why I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned as a writer who struggled for years to get noticed. We all need to learn from others and then share what we’ve learned.

That’s what Elizabeth Kelsey did. After learning about guest posting in Tribe Writers, she decided to apply the process and made some big asks. And she ended up getting incredible results, results that surprised even herself.

Unpacking the process

Here’s the lesson: success is not based on personality. It’s based on principles. And these are principles that anyone can apply — whether you’re a novelist, self-help writer, CEO, or pet blogger. All you have to do is what Elizabeth did:

  1. Find a process that already works. Elizabeth signed up for Tribe Writers to learn what she didn’t know and invest in her own growth.
  2. Work the process. She created a list of 10 bloggers she dreamed of guest posting for and just started asking them.
  3. Keep trying until you succeed. Elizabeth kept asking until she found a yes. The crazy part? Nine of the ten people she pitched said yes. And the one dummy? Well, that would be me (don’t worry; I’ve since rectified the situation).

Sometimes, when you’ve told yourself “no” for so long, you just might be surprised by how quickly success can come. But it won’t just happen. You’ll need a strategy — one that you can trust, that others before you have used — and you’ll need tenacity to persevere until you succeed.

If Elizabeth’s story teaches us anything, it’s that if you do the work, you’ll see the results. I believe that. And I hope you do, too. If you’re feeling stuck, chances are what’s missing is a strategy, or perhaps, the right strategy.

I’d love to help you with that. If you want to stop feeling frustrated that nobody’s noticing your work and make it as a full-time writer, then it’s time to figure out what you don’t know. Which is why I want to invite you to a free event tomorrow.

On this live webinar, I’ll answer your questions about writing and share exactly how you can do what Elizabeth did, using guest posting to grow an audience. Don’t miss it!

Join me for a live Q&A tomorrow: Everything You Wanted to Know About Becoming a Full-time Writer.

What’s one writing question you have about writing that I can answer on the upcoming webinar? Share in the comments.

Goins, Writer

How to Keep Your Cool in the Corporate World

keeping cool in the corporate world

Corporate life. Early starts, late finishes, suits, ties, heals, short lunches, long meetings. Sit in a chair, at a desk, in your office (if you’re lucky enough to have an office). Air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, instant coffee, vending machines. Sore shoulders, bad backs, clenched jaws, no sleep, over worked, under paid, stress and anxiety. A lot of employees working in the corporate world are uncomfortable.

Just because you are part of the corporate grind, does not mean you should be exhausted, overweight, unhappy or unhealthy. For those of you working it, you need to know that they you have the right to a better quality of work-life.

How can you improve your corporate lifestyle? For starters, you need to want to make a change. Here are eleven small steps that can lead to big change in your corporate work day.

1. Get up from your computer every 20 minutes and stretch

Touch your toes, reach your hands behind your back, whatever it takes. Just make sure you get a bit of movement happening. Being sedentary for hours on end is REALLY unhealthy.

2.  Bring healthy snacks to work that keep you going

A handful of almonds, hummus with celery and carrots or a banana are great snacks to keep your energy levels up. Having healthy snacks on hand also keeps you away from the vending machine or desserts in the canteen.

3. Ergonomics is your friend in the corporate world

Make sure your computer is at eye level to avoid hunching forward in your chair. Your feet should reach the floor and your arms should be at a 90 degree angle at your keyboard. Read more about the benefits here.


4. Bring a water bottle to work and drink, all day long

We can often forget how dehydrated we get when we’re in artificial air-conditioning for hours. By having a water bottle handy at your desk, you don’t have to worry about getting up ten times to get a glass of water.

5. Get fresh air

Step outside every now and again to keep you connected to the outside world. Breathing fresh air gives your brain a little kick in the pants to keep you going.

6. Don’t take things personally

If your co-worker is having a bad day that’s their problem, not yours. Feel compassion that something must be going on with them. Maybe even ask, ‘Are you ok?’.

7. Find a work buddy and have people who support you at work

We’re social creatures and often feel a whole lot better when we’re able to get things off of our chest. But, check out number eight to understand what kind of chatting you want to be doing to ease the tough times.

8. Don’t gossip at the water cooler

Speaking ill of other people only adds negativity to your life, not theirs. Gossip creates a toxic work environment and creates unpleasantries for everyone involved. If you need to off load, wait until you get home.

9. Embrace failure as feedback

This comes up a lot, but I can’t stress how important it is to be okay with failure. Without it, we’ll never learn.

10. Meditate. It’s no longer just for hippies

There is hard scientific evidence that proves the incredible effects that meditation has on the brain. You can meditate at your desk. Start with a minute if it’s completely foreign to you. All you need to do is sit with yourself. It’s not about having no thought, it’s just about allowing yourself to connect with the present moment, and by doing that all you have to do is breathe. Yes, breathe! How simple is that? In through your nose and out through your nose allows you to tap in to what yogis have been doing for thousands of years. The more you sit and the more you breathe, the better you’ll get at it. Just remember that your thoughts are like clouds, allow them to roll in and fade away, don’t feed in to them and create a storm of thoughts. Just watch them fly by. Check this article out about Corporate Mindfulness.

11. COFFEE. Stay away from too many cups at the wrong time!

The best time to drink coffee is between 9:30am and 11:30am or 1:30pm and 5pm when your cortisol levels are lowest. When you drink it too early you crash and burn by the afternoon, and no body enjoys that. Read more at

So, put a smile on your dial the next time you head to your corporate job by implementing these 11 easy tasks. And if that doesn’t work, find a new job. You only live once.

Featured photo credit: Alan Cleaver via

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080: Finding Your One Thing: Interview with Jay Papasan [Podcast]

The quickest way to tell the difference between a writer and someone who wants to write, is the one who actually writes.

Jay Papasan

Creatives of all shades struggle with the tension between their passion and the hard work of honing their craft. It’s far easier to complain about writer’s block or say you are too busy.

The inconvenient truth of creative work is that it requires work. Jay Papasan, co-author of The One Thing, shares that many professional writers got their start by waking up early to write while their family was still asleep.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Jay and I talk about how long habits really take to form and why self-discipline is a myth that sets us up for failure.

Listen in as we discuss unconventional paths to becoming a writer, and why you need to pay attention to the elephant in the room.

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The domino principle

People often ask questions like, “How do I write a book?” or “How can I write better blog posts?” or “How did you learn to write like you do?”

One domino at a time.

If you’ve ever tried to setup a string of dominos you know a gentle bump quickly sends the whole display toppling over. The same principle applies to writing or any craft for that matter.

Each domino is a day you show up, put your butt in the chair, and write. As each day passes the dominos tip over more easily and begin to build momentum. Your writing becomes more confident as you experience less resistance. This confidence leads to competent work and your craft improves.

If you miss too many days in a row the momentum halts, and it is difficult to start over. At these points you must get the dominos tipping again.

I struggle with this as a writer. I much prefer hitting publish so my calendar is blocked off the same time every day for dedicated writing.

The more consecutive days I’ve written, the easier the next day gets. As I sit down at the same desk, at the same time, with my coffee and blank page, the words flow more freely each day.

You can overcome the creative hurdles in your path by focusing on the single domino today.

To get through the hardest journey, we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. —Chinese proverb

Show highlights

In this episode, Jay and I discuss:

  • How to do less and get more
  • A common characteristic of great writers
  • Dealing with a lack of clarity
  • A simple formula for becoming a writer
  • What your heart and an African elephant have in common
  • Wrestling with shame when you fall off the creative wagon
  • How the domino principle reveals your true potential
  • Finding joy in writing and sharing it
  • Why mastery is not an event
  • Three commitments to your one thing
  • The development cycle of lasting habits
  • What is flawed about the idea of self-discipline

Quotes and Takeaways

  • If you really want to get more out of your life, you need to focus on less.” —Jay Papasan
  • Love the simplicity of writing and reading a little bit each day.
  • Zero in on what matters most and give that one thing your best effort.” —Jay Papasan
  • An author has an audience.
  • Who you are and what you do should be the same.” —Wendy Papasan
  • Your elephant is in charge whether you realize it or not. Look for clues to see where it’s leading you.
  • Stop and ask the question or you won’t get the answer.” —Jay Papasan
  • Whatever you’re doing, you need to be all in and all there to do the best you can.


  • The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, & Jay Papasan
  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  • Clarity Podcasting

Bonus: This week I’m teaching a free video series on how to build a tribe once you’ve found your one thing. Watch the first video here.

What ONE thing do you need to focus on in this season? How are you owning the outcome of your work? Share in the comments

Goins, Writer

Building an Audience: Why You Don’t Have to Do It “Their” Way

Note: This week, I’m teaching a free series on how to build an audience. Don’t miss it! Watch the first video here.

One of the questions I get every single week, usually from writers, is this: Do I really need a platform? And the answer to that is yes. But not in the way you think.

Building an Audience: Why You Don't Have to Do It "Their" Way

The fear, I think, that many of us struggle with is that in building a “platform,” a place where you can showcase your best work and bring attention to our brand, that you’re somehow crossing a line, selling out.

But that’s just not true.

A platform is people, nothing more. It’s how you connect your message to the needs of the world. And if you have something to say or share, it’s essential.

Here’s the thing, though: You don’t have to do this the same way everyone else does. You can build a platform your way. In fact, it’s supremely important that you don’t chase other people’s success or try to give people what you think they want.

Bonus: In video #2 of my new teaching series on how to build an audience, I explain why “You Don’t Have to Do it Their Way.” Check it out here.

You need to find your authentic voice and build an audience around your unique message. Otherwise, you’re simply a hack, pandering to the whims of the masses. And trust me, I’ve done that. It doesn’t work out too well.

How I failed before succeeding

Years ago, I started blogging and frankly did whatever I could to try to get people to notice me. I’d change topics, chase trends, swap links with other bloggers. Whatever I needed to do to get people’s attention, I would do it.

And sometimes, people noticed. The problem, though, was when they did, their attention exposed the fact that I was a fake. I wasn’t getting accolades for who I was. I was playing the celebrity, getting applause for playing a part, trying to be who they wanted me to be.

Let me tell you: There’s nothing worse than succeeding at the wrong thing. Failure is one thing. The wrong kind of success, in which you win the affection of people for something that isn’t your true self, is something else entirely. It’s not fun.

So don’t do that. Focus on what makes you different, what makes you unique. Be your true self. This is a cliche for a reason. The last thing you want is to showcase to the world a shadow of the real thing.

What happens when we embrace our authentic message

Here’s what happens when you do this, when you start doing more authentic work the way you were meant to do it:

  1. You do better work. When you’re doing work that inspires you, that excites you, you bring an unmatched energy and enthusiasm to that, which ultimately results in higher quality work.
  2. You do more interesting work. It’s one thing to be good. It’s another to do work that is intriguing and captivating, something worth talking about. When you embrace your authentic self and share your message with the world, it is often something people want to talk about.
  3. You attract more of the right kind of people. Trying to reach a mass market is a fool’s errand. The Internet has fractured society into a million tiny niches and markets. The best thing you can do is place your stake in the ground and let people see it. Those who agree with you, and there are always some, will flock to you and follow you for your courage and tenacity. Nobody wants to be pandered to, and you don’t need that many people to make a difference.

The world needs fewer fakers and more people being true to themselves. Maybe that can start with you.

And if you want to learn more about how to find your message and share it, check out my latest video series on building an online audience.

In today’s free video, I share the five basic types of platform personalities that most of the world’s most successful bloggers and communicators have used to get their message out there. In it, you’ll learn:

  • Why some bloggers can just write about their lives and people will care.
  • How certain writers get away with not having to do any research.
  • Which platform type best suits your personality and communication style.

Not sure which platform personality you are? Watch the video to find out. Click here to check it out.

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The Difference Between Selling and Sharing

There’s a difference, you know:

Between hawking a product at an disinterested group and telling your friends about a movie they can’t miss.

Between spamming everyone you know and passionately proclaiming good news you can’t keep inside.

Between manipulating people to buy something and just simply sharing something you’ve created.

The Difference Between Selling & Sharing

But some never understand this. Some people think that if you have anything to sell, ever, then you’re instantly a fake, a charlatan, a scammer. And these people will never be satisfied. They will always criticize and find reasons to tell you what you’re doing is wrong.

And you should ignore them.

Don’t be afraid

Someone recently asked me:

Do creative people have trouble getting paid for their work?

Indeed, they do. In fact, I believe this applies to anyone with remarkable skills they take for granted. Many gifted people don’t understand the value of their gifts. They minimize them, dismiss them, and sabotage their work.

But why?

Because, they reason, why should I get paid for something I enjoy? It’s easy. Fun. Effortless. But not for everyone. Just for you. Which only makes what you do even more valuable.

Here’s a challenge: Stop apologizing for your art, and embrace the fact you have something valuable to share. Something that’s — dare I say it? — worth money.

Charge for your best work

Recently, our friend Lisa delivered a kitchen table she refinished for us. This was an old, worn table riddled with stains and water marks. We didn’t have high expectations for what could be done with it.

When we saw our friend’s finished work, we didn’t even recognize the table. It was amazing. My wife just kept saying “thank you.”

After we asked her what we owed her, Lisa said, “I hate charging friends…” But then she told us the price and we gladly paid it.

Why do we do this? Why do we hate charging people to do our best work? I think it’s time we stop apologizing and start valuing the contributions we can make.

How to not sell out

This isn’t license to sell out and turn every word you write, every photo you take, and every picture you paint into a paid product. No. That’s not the point at all. The point is this:

Now, you can be your own patron.

In an age when artists don’t have to be at the bottom of the food chain, dependent on the generosity of others, the only thing holding creative people back from success is themselves.

Don’t mistake me here. If you don’t want to make money off your art, don’t do it. Nobody’s forcing you to do it. But don’t use lack of resources as an excuse to not create, because you no longer have that excuse.

The world values your work. The question is, do you?

If you struggle with this, you’re not alone. I’ve been there before, too, which is why I’m so passionate about getting people to value their creative work. In fact, I’m doing something special this week just for you.

I’m teaching a free training series to help you find your 1000 true fans and get paid to share your message. This includes three, pre-recorded videos plus live Q&A events throughout the week. I’ll share how I grew an audience of 100,000 people in 18 months, what I learned, and how you can start building your own tribe.

The series begins tomorrow, but you can join me on Blab today at 1:30p CT today, where I’ll be talking with Kevin Kaiser, a long-time creative advisor who has helped best-selling writers get out of their own way and reach tens of millions worldwide.

Sign Up for Free Here

What’s a gift you’re undervaluing that you should be sharing with the world? Share in the comments.

Goins, Writer

If You Want To Be A Great Parent, Just Do These 50 Small Things

If You Want To Be A Great Parent, Just Do These 50 Small Things

Parenting is a tough job. Everyone wants to be a great parent, but no-one teaches you how to be a great parent – you have to pick it up yourself. There are lows and highs, and it can be tough to be the perfect parent every day. The main priority is making sure your child is happy, well-fed, loved and safe.

Check out 50 small things you can do to be an amazing parent.

1. Don’t try to fix everything. Often your child will need your help, but don’t run in to help every time without thinking. Sometimes your child will be able to solve their own problems, and letting them do so will teach them to be self-reliant.

2. Pay attention to your child’s interests so that you can help them to develop their interests.

3. Share as many different experiences as you can with your child. From sports to reading to dressing up, these experiences could turn into future talents.

4. Let your child decide what’s for dinner one night of the week.

5. Remember that discipline and punishment are two different things.

6. Read books with your child for at least a quarter of an hour each day. This is a great way to bond with your child.

7. Encourage family time. This gives your child the chance to bond with their extended family.

8. Admit when you are wrong. After a tough day you may snap at your child. Instead of secretly feeling guilty, apologise to your child to teach them about fairness and honesty.

9. Accept that your partner may have different ideas about parenting and then make a compromise that you are both happy with.

10. Don’t pressure your child to learn. If they complain repeatedly about their violin lessons, don’t force them to go. This is only making your child deal with stress and worry.

11. Have high expectations for your child, but always remain realistic.

12. Praise your child whenever they succeed so that they know they have supportive parents.

13. Ask your child five “you” question every day, such as “Did you enjoy school?” or “Did you like your lunch?”

14. Teach your child responsibilities while they are young. From putting their toys in their toy box to putting their juice carton in the recycling, your child is never too young to become aware of the world around them.

15. Eat one meal as a family together every day. Your child may not remember each individual meal, but they will always remember the tradition.

16. Love your children equally but remember they are unique in different ways.

17. Don’t label your child. Once you do, it can be very difficult for them to grow out of the label.

18. Be silly with your child. Tell your child silly jokes, and encourage them to make up their own jokes to tell you.

19. Listen to your child without dismissing their thoughts for being young.

20. Give your child open-ended toys like Legos or blocks. These will encourage your child’s creativity.

21. Savor the great moments. Being a parent is a wild ride with highs and lows – let yourself enjoy the amazing moments.

22. Don’t compare your child to others. They are a unique individual and comparing people is often more damaging than it is useful.

23. Encourage your child to think about their future without influencing their decisions.

24. Keep the TV in the living room. This encourages family time and provides your child with fewer distractions when they are supposed to be sleeping.

25. Keep sunscreen next to your child’s toothpaste, and put it on every morning during summer as part of the same routine.

26. Take your child to different places, like the museum, the swimming pool, the library and parks to to expand their interests.

27. Give your child gifts that encourage their interests.

28. Always put anything your child makes for you on display in your home to show you are proud.

29. Introduce your child to your most interesting friends.

30. Give your child choices to help them to work on their decision-making skills.

31. Set aside part of your home as a play-space for your child.

32. Accept your child for who they are.

33. Tell your child that you love to play with them, and that it is just as fun for you as it is for them.

34. Tell your child stories about them as a baby.

35. Let your child help you while you are cooking to help them to develop an interest in cooking.

36. Hug your child every day.

37. Put down your phone when you are playing or reading with your child.

38. Remember that when they are a teenager, they will be potty-trained, so don’t worry too much about it to early.

39. Don’t force your child to hug or kiss extended family or your friends if they don’t want to. They know what they are comfortable with and what they don’t want to do.

40. Keep a diary of all of the funny things your child says to show them when they get older.

41. Practise what you preach – follow the rules you teach your child to teach them about fairness.

42. Have a weekly movie night with your child. This is a cheap, easy and fun way for you two to bond.

43. Trust your gut instincts with your child – you know them better than anyone else does.

44. Get involved in your child’s education by always attending Parent’s Evening and helping them with their homework.

45. Take your child for long walks so they can experience the magic of nature while bonding with you.

46. Accept that both you and your child will have flaws.

47. Count to 10 before you react to your child’s anger or sadness.

48. Buy a joke book and tell your child a silly joke every day.

49. Show your child lots of affection. Hold their hand when you walk together and high-five them when they have good news.

50. Speak to your children as equals and respect their opinions.

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079: Lessons from Creating a Conference from Scratch in Three Months [Podcast]

When you’re standing on the edge of the unknown, it’s natural to be afraid and shy away from the light of possibilities. The worst thing you can do in those moments is let shame steal your chance to shine.

Lessons from Creating a Conference from Scratch in Three Months

Do you remember the first time you tried something big and new? The sting of anxiety in the pit of your stomach. A sense of excitement for what might happen. The hairs on your arm standing up as you prepare to make the leap.

This year, I tried something I’ve never done before and it was terrifying.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy and I talk about my fears before Tribe Conference, a few of my favorite parts of the event, and some helpful advice on working through shame. Listen in as we get inside the mind of a conference organizer and look forward to next year.

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Brace yourself for the unexpected win

In the days leading up to the very first Tribe Conference I was a nervous wreck. With about three months of preparation, we were hosting 150 attendees and over a dozen speakers at The Factory just outside Nashville, TN.

Fear attacked from every side and I didn’t stand a chance. Would everyone show up? Would the speakers go over their time limits? Would people ask for refunds and I’d go broke? Would everything fall apart and I’d end up a failure?

My therapist asked, “So, why are you afraid?” It boiled down to fearing the disappointment of attendees and losing the respect of people I admired.

What he said in response to my fear was it sounded like shame. And that, “S.H.A.M.E. stands for: Should Have Already Mastered Everything.”

He encouraged me to let go of the misguided expectations that I should be great at all these things I’ve never done before, and instead brace for the possibility everything will go better than planned.

And you know what? It did. Tribe Conference was a lot of fun for our team, and everyone I got a chance to talk with loved the event.

It’s easy to fear the unexpected and prepare for the worst. You may find your success rate is much better when you prepare for the best.

Show highlights

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Common fears of conference organizers
  • The stress of coordinating multiple moving parts
  • Preparing for irrational failure
  • When your identity gets tied up in success
  • Assuming you should be good at things you’re not
  • Bracing yourself for possibility of winning it big
  • Discovering freedom by giving yourself permission
  • The hidden ROI of therapy for creatives
  • A simple secret to creating wow moments
  • Why bigger events aren’t necessarily better


  • Let go of perfect.
  • Embrace the mess.
  • Find joy in fun surprises.
  • Community is encouraged when everyone has the same access to information.
  • S.H.A.M.E. stands for: Should Have Already Mastered Everything.


  • Tribe Conference
  • Download the full interview transcript
Bonus: Get free access to a new Tribe Writers video series. Enter your email here to reserve your spot and I’ll email you as soon as the first video is available.

What were you afraid to start? How’s it going? What are you afraid to start now? Share in the comments

Goins, Writer

Get Rich Quick Schemes, Instant Fame, and Other Lies from the Internet

Recently, I was speaking at a conference in Canada and the event planner said she was surprised nobody had ever heard of me. I wasn’t. Most people have no idea who I am, and that’s okay.

Get Rich Quick Schemes, Instant Fame, and Other Lies from the Internet

The Internet has ruined us for humility. Because of social media metrics, we assume that people have heard of us. We believe we are bigger deal than we really are. Internet fame is a funny thing.

I didn’t always understand this. After first starting a blog, I wanted people to notice me in public. I thought because I had a Twitter handle, that somehow made me an important person.

The safest assumption to make

Just as I was about to give one of the biggest speeches of my life, my friend Jon Acuff said:

Don’t forget, most people have never heard of you. Always assume the audience doesn’t know who you are.

That’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? What if instead of introducing ourselves with “If you haven’t heard of me…” we said, “You probably have no idea who I am…”?

This is just one of a few fights I want to pick with the world of Internet marketing and other lies you and I have been fed recently.

Tired of the lies? Me too…

Marketers ruin everything.
—Gary Vaynerchuk

If your Facebook feed and email inbox look anything like mine, you are constantly inundated with promises that seem too good to be true.

So let me just tell you: they are.

The promise that you can build a website in 48 hours and start earning a passive income without having to lift a finger? Too good to be true.

The guarantee that if you buy this product you’ll lose 100 pounds in 8 minutes? It’s too good to be true.

The commitment to teach you everything you need to know to become a millionaire in a month? You guessed it.

Next week, I’m going to do a free video class un-teaching you all those things you may have heard from marketers who don’t always have your best interest at heart. If you’re tired of hearing empty promises and inflated success stories, you’re not going to want to miss this.

You and I have been sold a pack of lies that is doing us more harm than good. The Internet is an amazing tool, something that has literally changed my life. But too many marketers are using it to manipulate people and leave them high and dry.

Frankly, it’s time someone told the truth.

The truth nobody wants to tell you

You can think of this series as an anti-marketing message. I’m distilling everything I’ve learned in the past decade as a marketer, even the slimy stuff nobody wants to tell you, and sharing what I’ve been teaching Tribe Writers for three years.

In a nutshell, here’s the truth:

  • Success isn’t easy. It takes hard work, but is worth it in the end.
  • Nobody cares about you. Of course, your mom and Aunt Phyllis care about you. But the random person on the Internet doesn’t know you or care about you — until you give them a reason to.
  • Influence isn’t a given; it’s something you earn.
  • The world doesn’t owe you anything. You aren’t guaranteed success. But you are given a chance. And those who add the most value get their reward.

So how’s that for under promising? If those sound attractive to you, then I encourage you to sign up for this free class.

What you’ll learn

In this three-part video series, I will share with you what I know. I’ll tell you what I’ve done to build a million dollar business, create a powerful tribe of millions of followers, and become a best selling author of four books.

But I’m not going to promise you the moon. This will only be as valuable as what you point into it. Here’s what we will cover:

  1. How to get your 1000 true fans
  2. How to make your first $ 1000 online
  3. What it takes to build an online platform worth noticing

Why am I doing this?

Once or twice a year I teach an online course called Tribe Writers, and we’re about to open registration for the last time this year. Before we do that, I am compressing everything from that eight-week course into a short series of lessons you can start applying immediately.

The point is to help you implement the process I teach in these videos, and begin getting the results you want. You’ll get a taste of Tribe Writers to see if it’s something you want to sign up for.

Enter your email here, and you’ll immediately get my free eBook, Every Writer Needs a Tribe, and I’ll email you as soon as the first video is available.

What marketing lies are you tired of hearing? Are you ready to discover the hard, but rewarding truth of building a tribe? Share in the comments.

Goins, Writer

Attributes and Procedure of Getting CPD Accreditation Status

The term Common Professional Development (CPD) is a well organized approach to acquiring the pre determined specialized education, knowledge, practical training practice for pursuing a certain profession that is mandatory in many countries including the UK. CPD requisites can pertain to several professions such as medical, judicial, research and fellowship programs, logistics and transport etc. as per the regulations in an institution or governmental laws. For instance, according to the CPD rules in practice in England and Wales, a legal executive or solicitor executing full time legal practice in the country (working 32 hours or more in a week), needs to complete at least 16 hours of CPD every year that will earn them 16 CPD points.

Obtaining CPD Accreditation

There are several authorized organizations that offer CPD accreditation programs. Before you proceed to acquire your accreditation it is mandatory to complete your CPD program with minimum attendance fulfillment, participation in several activities as a registered college/university candidate etc. Completing this formality will bestow the recognition of an accredited CPD provider status. More or less the following procedures are adopted by all major organizations that offer independent CPD accreditation to a professional.

Application: The first step is to register and apply for an independent CPD provider accreditation status. While applying the candidate will have to submit proof of attending the CPD program, details, of participation in activities, hours completed etc.

Review: The institute awarding accreditation will take about a month of time to review the certificates and credential submitted to verify the authenticity of the documents before processing the application to the final stage where the accreditation awarded to the CPD provider.

Accreditation Awarding and Conditions: The final stage is the accreditation awarding when the candidate is assigned a particular date when he will receive the status of accredited independent CPD provider and gain the privilege of promoting himself in the professional domain to set a milestone in his career. He will then have the facility to approach potential clients or join any institute as an accredited member. To ensure that the accreditation remains valid for lifetime, keep updating it as and when there are any changes in the terms and conditions introduced in the regulations of the particular profession.

  • Gain better client prospects as an established accredited professional
  • Beat the competitors in the professional world and get exposure to premium career opportunities
  • Explore the new job opportunities for which you meet the criteria of accreditation requirements
  • Build a network of clientele with whom you can keep pursuing your profession with peak high progress

The CPD obligations are formulated in accordance with requirement of the essential and advanced skills and education to pursue any said profession with complete accuracy. Many organizations have strict codes for CPD fulfillment of the all the recruits. However the independent professionals not yet associated with any organization or enterprise, in their own interest can opt for taking CPD to ease out their way to getting hired and setting firm foot in the professional world.

Apprenticeships are also another route you can go down and with Gordan Franks Birmingham apprenticeships it is easier than ever before.