I recently sat down for coffee with Jeff Goins at Meridees Cafe’ in Franklin, Tennessee. Jeff is an author, speaker, and creative coach as well as the Director of Communications for Adventure in Missions.
I first became acquainted with Jeff about a year ago when I read one of his guest posts on Michael Hyatt’s blog.
At first glance, Jeff comes off as a relatively passive, easy-going person. Yet Jeff’s passion and energy for writing and for serving others is anything but passive.
To be honest, as I have become more acquainted with him and his blog, Jeff’s pointed rhetoric about pursuing one’s passion has provided a much needed kick in the rear.
In 2012 he released a powerful book, Wrecked: When a broken world slams into your comfortable life. Tens of thousands have purchased his books and e-books, enrolled in his online writing courses, and subscribed to his regular newsletters. He recently announced that he’ll be releasing a new book in 2013.
Jeff is single-handedly changing the world of writing for so many.
He gave me some great information during our time together, so I asked him if I could share our conversation with you.
Today I’m giving away 20 copies of Wrecked: When a broken world slams into your comfortable life. Keep the book or give it to a friend! You can find out more about the giveaway below.
Here’s my conversation with Jeff…
What’s your story?
My life has been — and is — a journey of becoming who I am. I’ve written my whole life but only recently started calling myself a writer.
For years, I dreamed of playing guitar with a band, but it only happened when I stepped out, despite my fear and apprehension, to do it.
Fear and insecurity are constants in my life. Those voices of discouragement don’t go away when I get closer to my calling; they get louder.
I’ve learned to embrace this and to step into uncomfortable situations, anyway. Somewhere, in the process, I’ve learned that a fulfilled life is one that makes room for others.
What was a defining moment in your career?
The day I decided to call myself a writer. It took my 27 years, but when I finally did it, everything changed. As it turns out, believing something about yourself is important to being able to do it.
What’s your best leadership advice?
My best leadership experiences — of leading and being led — are ones of total commitment and service.
A leader’s job isn’t to bark orders or create organizational charts; it’s not control people or endlessly communicate. A leader’s job is to serve – to help people do what they do better.
What motivated you to write Wrecked?
I couldn’t find a book out there that addressed the issue I wanted to talk about.
There are a lot of books that tell you that you should help others and be more compassionate. But none that I could find talk about the other side of this activity — that it hurts, that there’s a cost. I’ve found that this cost is the secret to a fulfilled life — if you embrace it.
At what point did you realize that you were doing what you were made to do?
I still wonder this. I try to take it one day at a time. For instance, am I doing what I’m meant to do today?
Some days, that just means changing diapers and checking email. Others, it means leading a mission trip into the developing world. The challenge is to be present in all of it.
What is the greatest need for writers?
Writers are a funny, fickle bunch (myself included).
As I’ve set out to help writers, the biggest struggle I hear consistently is a lack of confidence. They know they’re meant to write but aren’t sure they can.
Like I said before, I can relate. It took me years to admit I was a writer, but once I did, it changed everything. I encourage other writers to make a similar declaration: to call themselves a writer, and then start acting like it. It often works.
What would you like to ask those who’ve read Wrecked?
Did it change you? Cause you to think differently? That’s my hope, anyway.
But if I were more realistic, I would ask: Do you now ask the question, “If I don’t do this, who will?” If you do, then I’ve done my job.
I’m giving away 20 copies of Wrecked: When a broken world slams into your comfortable life. Here’s how you can get a copy for your self or for a friend:
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