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Lessons from Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is the author of “Real Artists don’t starve” and the “Art of work”

He’s a writer, an idea guy and a difference maker.

Many years ago when I was confused about passion, creativity and my writing skill, I stumbled upon his newsletters. It was and still remains one of the most inspiring and truthful essays I ever read.
Till today, Jeff Goins is my go-to for inspiration and motivation.

Today I will be exploring some of the life lessons I have learnt from reading his letters over time.

Writers write.

You don’t have to publish a thousand books to earn the title of a writer.

A writer is one that writes consistently.

This is where most people fail, they never actually write a word because most times they worry more about the outcome than the process; they worry about being a writer than actually writing.

Writing as a process demands that you show up every day, that you turn lines into sentences, paragraphs and then chapters, what is important is staying consistent.

Start now

Jeff Goins always says, “clarity begins with action” and I couldn’t agree less.

Sometimes we think we need to have everything figured out before we start- more resources, more information, and more advice, name it.

People who have achieved great feats have something in common and it is not money, an outstanding career, a great family. No.
What they have in common is their ability to just start in spite of not having enough.

What do you have in your hands? What do you have now?

Do you think you would achieve better if you had a better phone? Maybe, yes but if you haven’t been putting in any work now, chances are that you would do nothing even with more.

Starting is the easiest.

With time, everything will fall in place but by all means start with what you have.

The world is changed not by those who have it figured out but by those willing to begin.”

Your work is not for everyone

This was the way I understood this “My writing isn’t for everyone.”

Most times we get into the process of creating with the notion that our products and art are for everyone. No. They are not.

We get into the mistake of trying to make or do something everyone will agree or approve of and we ultimately get frustrated because it cannot be like that.

You can know who your work is for by asking the neccessary questions.

Why am I writing this?

Who am I writing to?

What will I like them to learn?

By answering these you can structure your message and stay focused.

Your work is for a particular set of people and your work will only resonate with people that it should.

Find out who it is for and keep preaching.

Learnt something Jeff Goins?

Let me know in the comments.

Selah.

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2 comments

Stephanie June 26, 2020 at 7:28 am

I learnt a lot… thank you ma’am

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Debby Keys June 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm

It’s always a pleasure Steph ❤️

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