Interview: Jeff Goins on Going From Creative to Successful

Interview with Jeff Goins on Going From Creative to Successful

Isn’t it easier to take the safe route in life? Even leaders are susceptible to the lure and safety of mediocrity. Jeff Goins, author of the bestseller “The Art of Work” talks with us about his latest book “Real Artist Don’t Starve” and how we’re meant to obtain success and significance. What passions have you locked away because of fear. What is the world waiting on you to create? How do we go from creative to successful? Let’s talk about it.

Guest: Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is a full-time writer who lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, two children, and border collie. He is the author of five books, including the national best seller “The Art of Work.” His website,, has been visited by more than four million people from all over the world. Creator
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3 Things From This Episode

1. Being Creative

Being creative is important to us as a culture. Whether it’s in writing, business, or ministry we all want more creativity in our work. We still have so many misconceptions about how creative work, works. The idea of the “Starving Artist” is a myth. Myths are only true when we believe them. We must break these mold ideas. The opportunity has never been greater to do creative work than right now.

The idea of the Starving Artist is a myth. Myths are only true when we believe them. @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet

2. Steal It All

“Real Artist Don’t Starve” Chapter 2: Stop Trying To Be Original –  “Creativity is not about being original; it’s about learning to rearrange what is already been in a way that brings fresh insight to old material.”

Creative people do their best work in community. They beginning their process by stealing from the masters who came before them. Creativity isn’t sitting a room trying to come up with something that’s never existed before. Creatives steal ideas and concepts and rearranged them into unique ways. We call that “original.”

Creative people do their best work in community. @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet

Creatives steal ideas and rearranged them in unique ways. We call that Original. @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet

3. Broke the Mold

Who broke the mold of the starving artist and used what he had to create? Alan Bean. As a naval officer, aviator and NASA astronaut he was the fourth person to walk on the moon he didn’t stop there. He combined his creativity in painting with his experiences on the moon to create something brand new.

“But I’m the only one who can paint the moon, because I’m the only one who knows whether that’s right or not.” -Alan Bean

Alan considered creating his duty. Our creativity has to be more than passion. It’s our duty, our responsibility to create. We have to put our gifts out in the world, we have to create. We must build & share with the world because we’ll all be better for it.

Will you die with the music inside of you or will you share it with the world. I don’t want to die with my best work still inside of me. The creativity is inside you already, you just have to let it out.

Our creativity has to be more than passion. It's our duty, It's our responsibility. @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet

Will you die with the music inside of you or will you share it with the world? @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet

The creativity is inside you already, you just have to let it out. @GoinsWriter Click To Tweet


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