Nashville blogger and author Jeff Goins encouraged students to pursue their dream without delay during a convocation lecture on Wednesday in the Massey Boardroom.
Goins shared the story of how he built the blog Goins Writer, which launched him into his dream career and the lessons he learned along the way.
“I became a professional writer without leaving my job, getting divorced or flaking out on my friends,” he said.
First, he had to surrender insecurities and realize that friends, fans and patrons are essential relationships to achieving his dream.
Goins also emphasized that it takes many hours of practice to improve a skill or make a product marketable. That includes not only doing the work frequently but also getting feedback from people knowledgeable in the area.
His final lesson to students was to get rid of the “all or nothing” mentality and instead plan, build bridges and use byproducts.
In 2011 and 2012, Goins’ blog was voted one of the “Top 10 Blogs on Writing” by WritetoDone.com. His first book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, spent two weeks in the Top 50 Books list on Amazon.com and is in second printing, selling over 20,000 copies in a matter of months. His most recent work is The In Between.