Real Artists Don’t Starve w/ Jeff Goins

June 4, 2018

Do you struggle with being a starving artist? Or maybe you have trouble taking yourself seriously as a creator? Today’s guest believes that the stories we tell ourselves have a major impact on our success, which means we can change those stories, too.

Jeff Goins is a best-selling author and speaker, focusing on writing, life, and creative work. His books include The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve. He also teaches writers to hone their craft and get the attention they deserve in his course Tribe Writers.

Today, he talks to us about the difference between starving artists and thriving artists and the importance of the stories we tell ourselves. We also discuss the power of practicing in public as a way to commit to your art, as well as the power of “stealing” from other artists.

Are the stories you’re telling yourself limiting your success? Do you feel like a starving artist or a thriving artist? Let us know in the comments on the episode page!

In this episode:

  • The biggest difference between starving artists and thriving artists
  • How to practice in public to become the thing you want to be
  • How to call your own bluff on what you really want
  • How a particular common “flaw” in creatives can actually be a strength
  • The importance of being a thief


“Whatever you think you are, you essentially become. We are not just what we do, but we become what we practice. Everyday you’re practicing being someone.” 16:29

“If you make this kind of commitment to your art… you call your own bluff.” 25:32

“Almost all art is commercial.” 37:12


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