Jeff is a full-time writer who lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, 2 children, and border collie. He is the author of four books, including the national best seller The Art of Work. His website, Goinswriter.com, has been visited by more than four million people from all over the world.
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- [01:13] – Jeff is a writer who has been helping other writers for the past five years
- [01:24] – Jeff has learned what it takes to be a creative and to be in business
- [01:53] – Jeff has been a guest on Episodes 454, 877 and 1180 of EOFire!
- [02:11] – Jeff’s latest book is Real Artists Don’t Starve
- [02:29] – Jeff thinks people write books for the wrong reasons
- [03:52] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: The seven years of sitting on the couch before becoming an entrepreneur and believing in the myth of the “starving artist”
- [04:12] – Jeff wrote the book because he keeps running into two different groups of people:
- [05:16] – JLD says that you need to have the mindset of abundance and do what you need to do to be a thriving artist
- [06:04] – Check out EOFire.com/starve!
- [06:33] – The 2016 SNAAP report shows that over 80% of those who studied a creative field are satisfied with their job
- [08:01] – Jeff does book launches through pre-order
- [09:53] – JLD shares that people who took creative majors in college are often ridiculed as not having “real jobs”
- [10:30] – There is a misconception that anyone who took a creative major will end up being poor and miserable
- [11:01] – For those who make millions in revenue, it does NOT mean they have large profits
- [12:06] – Keith Sawyer wrote the book, Group Genius, where the idea of the lone genius is debunked
- [12:51] – J.R.R. Tolkien was part of a literary group called the Inklings
- [13:11] – Tolkien just finished writing The Hobbit and he asked his friend, C.S. Lewis, out to lunch to confide about his new book
- [14:07] – It was Lewis who told Tolkien that hobbits are only interesting when they are not in their comfort zone and thus, The Lord of the Rings was written
- [14:46] – Tolkien would not have written the book without the help of his group
- [15:05] – There is no one creative genius that was not part of a group in some form or another
- [15:30] – JLD quotes Jeff – “Thriving artists don’t make art to make money, they make money to make more art”
- [16:35] – Jeff experienced being a starving artist and began to learn about the possibility of earning money
- [19:10] – Michelangelo was the richest artist of the Renaissance
- [19:17] – Rab Hatfield discovered the bank accounts of Michelangelo and he tried to date the parts of the painting at the Sistine Chapel to the bank accounts
- [20:27] – Michelangelo has a fortune worth over 50 million dollars
- [20:43] – Michelangelo was not a lone genius
- [20:54] – Michelangelo was a construction foreman and he had other people working for him
- [21:22] – Michelangelo had a portfolio of work – he was a sculptor, painter, and architect
- [22:17] – Michelangelo did not do it for the money, he was a master craftsman
- [22:41] – People can sense if you are creating for money or for the art
- [23:46] – You do not have to be broke for your passion – that is a choice
- [24:31] – If you are struggling, that is your choice. If you do the work, you are going to see results and your art will thrive
- [25:01] – Go to EOFire.com/starve for a special offer and snag Jeff’s book!
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