The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

Whether you want to write books, make art, or share your music with the world, having an email list of fans is a must.

Email is the most effective way to communicate with your people.

Social networks come and go.

Marketing trends fade.

But email is forever.

Today, I want to share with you how to pull all of this together.

Full show notes here:

Direct download: em4w_3.mp3
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It’s one thing to understand the importance of email marketing and quite another to actually build an email list that allows you to reach a large audience.

One of the best things I ever did as a blogger was to build my own email list.

It gave me the power to no longer beg for attention, but be able to communicate regularly with an audience of people who wanted to hear what I had to say.

Not only that, it changed my life and work forever.

Full show notes here:

Direct download: em4w_2.mp3
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Over the years, I’ve seen all kinds of marketing fads come and go.

  • MySpace
  • FriendFeed
  • Xanga1
  • Google Plus
  • Blogging
  • Podcasting

Some of these have come and gone and come back again.

And some have stayed gone.

But do you know what has always remained?


Email marketing is the best, most reliable way to grow and communicate with an audience online.

Full show notes here:

Direct download: em4w_1.mp3
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You need an email list. It's just that simple.

If you want to write a book that sells thousands of copies or more, you need people paying attention to your work.

If you want your message to spread, you need people's permission to communicate with them.

And if you want your words to change something, then you need an audience.

The best way to do all that is by building an email list.

Full show notes here:

Direct download: em4w_0.mp3
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Is it possible to live life on your own terms?

Can you do what you want when it defies the expectations of others?

Is the way you’re living right now a story that others would want to tell?

And how do you do all this with bills to pay and responsibilities to manage?

In this episode of The Portfolio Life, I talk with my friend Lex Latkovski (who also happens to be a member of my Tribe Writers Mastermind).

Lex has been to 80 countries, all 50 U.S. states, lived as a Zen monk for 16 months, and recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that led to his first book Passport Forward.

Full shownotes here:

Direct download: Lex_Latkovski.mp3
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As you may know, I’ve been traveling quite a bit this year.

It’s been fun to meet many of you at the various events I’ve spoken at or attended.

One question I keep hearing is: “What’s your favorite writing tool?”

It’s always good to ask what’s working for someone, but this question represents a popular misconception about creative work.

Full shownotes:

Direct download: Paul_Jarvis.mp3
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You didn’t fail.

The goal was to learn something, so if you learned, you succeeded. It’s only when the unexpected happens and we don’t learn from it that we really fail.

The reason why you may not have achieved what you set out to achieve was that you were measuring (and therefore expecting) the wrong thing.

Full shownotes:

Direct download: Quick_Win.mp3
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