SA 005: Jeff Goins, USA Today Bestselling Author

What does it mean to live a meaningful life and to do work that really matters?

In this episode we have USA Today bestselling author Jeff Goins. We talk about his current success, what got him to this point, the struggle and adversity he had to face in starting to exercise his creative muscles, which he always wanted to do, and become his own boss. We dig into some stories about Jeff, and also some stories in his latest book, The Art of Work.

Guest Bio:

Jeff Goins is a full-time writer who has authored four books and frequently speaks on writing, creativity, and making a difference. He’s written and guest-blogged for hundreds of magazines, publications, and blogs. His website,, has been visited by more than four million people from all over the world.

Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with a band. In college, he studied Spanish and Religion and spent part of his Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for travel, writing, and making a difference in the world.

Jeff is the former Communications Director for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit organization. Now, he lives with his wife Ashley, son Aiden, and their dog Lyric just outside of Nashville. He spends his time writing books and trying to take over the Internet.

Some Questions We Ask:

  • What’s your family background? What about your mother and father, were they entrepreneurs themselves? What do they do for work?
  • Why did you chose to feature in your book everyday, blue-collar, middle-class people, instead of people who are high performers who have done really successful things?
  • When you hear the word successful, what comes to mind?
  • Is there a book that has impacted you the most?

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

  • If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

JRR Tolkien

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • The underlying characteristics both in the very successful and very famous and also in ordinary people doing extraordinary things
  • How the concept of apprenticeship compares with the present-day university system
  • The importance of having mentors and informal apprenticeships
  • Awareness and the story of the Millers
  • The story of Terry Fox

Jeff Goins


The Art of Work book: The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

The Art of Work website:

The Art of Work course:

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