Coffee creative: to revisit old content or not to revisit old content?

Medium is the first place I started blogging properly. And if anything I've seen a trend in my own writing I hadn't seen before.

Have you ever written something and then just published it for fear you’ll hate it if you redraft it?

I have.

And now when I revisit some of that stuff, I cringe.

Not because any of it’s bad, it’s just weird. I read things I've written and cringe because I've given (read: regurgitated someone else’s) sound advice (usually advice from someone like Carnegie or Vaynerchuk) and I've forgotten all about it.

It’s easy to tell people good ideas, it’s another thing entirely to stick to it. Even Dale Carnegie (author or How to Win Friends and Influence People) remarked that he would catch himself out not taking his own advice.

It’s that whole idea about talk is cheap, action is where the money’s at. Anyone can expound fancy ideas and philosophies but it’s another thing entirely to go out and do it.

This is one of the reasons people who wrote those “how to become a rich person” books are rich — they actually did it. And the hundreds of thousands of people who read the book and give up because “oh, well it’s easy for that person, they've got money.” So rich person gets royalties and others chose to not act on the opportunity for wealth, or writing, or whatever “how-to” book they bought.

Practice. Practice. Practice. And get on with It.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” has sold millions of copies in its 80 years of publication. I often wonder how many people have actually read that book.

And I mean properly sat down and followed Carnegie’s advice to the letter. Or Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” Even if 1 in 4 people sat down and took those books to heart they would be an exponential grow of successful people.

But it’s just easier to say, “oh yeah, I read that book. It was interseting” and leave it at that.

All those books suggest constant rereading. Not because it’d stroke the author’s ego, but because repetition is a great teacher. Constant reinforcement.

Each time you reread something it sinks a little deeper: every time you practice something you learn.

Which is where I'm at with this whole gig. Learning’s fun: even the parts where you fail and wind up flat on your arse…although those parts are more fun in retrospect…

The point I'm trying to make is: you can read every “how-to” book relevant to your dream endeavour but it won’t help you unless you are going to do something about it.

I wanted to write more. So I read a little less (yep, I only read 3 or 4 books a month now…) and create more time to put ink on paper.

It really is that: find what you want to do and do it. All that time you talk about it could be used to more productively get on with It — whatever It is for you.

The irony, of course, is whether or not I remember writing this in a couple of months. Which, in its own way, is good to remind myself what I’m trying to do: after all, I've announced to the 3 or 4 people who read this of my intention. So I better get on with it.

Thank you for reading.

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