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Write Everyday in Public

A year ago in a casual texting conversation a friend wrote this, “You need to write a book. These kids need to learn what goes on in a successful business.” Seth Godin says this, “Blogging every day clarifies my thoughts — it helps me notice things.” And he says to write every single day. “Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.” On a marketing to do list I use to manage who does what by when I jokingly added a to do for me to write a book by 2018. Or was it 2017? They now ask me how that’s going in our meetings. More than a year ago I hired a coach for a few months to help me learn to write better. She gave me an assignment everyday and held me accountable. For this and many other reasons I’m going to put my thoughts out there on the scary public scene and see what happens.

Why you may or may not want to read what I have to say:

· I bootstrapped my way to success.

· I am happy and fulfilled.

· I stay fit and do my best to eat healthy, but I like sweets and diet coke.

· I started a business on a kitchen table 25 years ago and grew it to a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

· I still run that business with over 30 employees.

· I have lots of friends and great hobbies.

· I’ve traveled.

· I’m financially successful and did that the old-fashion way.

· I’m a female and embrace being single.

· I still believe in the American dream. You can do it, if you put in the right effort.

· I believe strongly in integrity and honesty and am not religious.

· I read a lot.

· I have a farm with horses and love nature.

· I have a beloved dog.

Shit, that kind of sounds like an on-line dating profile. That’s certainly not the intent. The goal is to help others achieve and to improve together. Theodore Roosevelt said it better.

THE MAN IN THE ARENA
 Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
 delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

March 12, 2016

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