And opting for the middle
If you want to write the book, write the book.
If you write 250 words per day (based on the Wikipedia-suggested average writing speed of 13 words per minute), that’s less than 20 minutes a day, a page per day (based on average word count per page of most books), and 91,250 words per year (about the size of the average novel). Book written.
Problem is, most of us think we need a degree (or some other made up and arbitrary qualification that serves only as an excuse not to do the thing) in order to do the thing. …
(The art of keeping going in creativity and business)
Want to know how to keep going in your business or creative pursuit, even when you wonder if it’ll ever work out? Two words: faith and faithful.
If what you were doing were so easy, everyone would be doing it. They’re not. There’s a reason.
It’s hard. It takes work. And it takes believing in things not seen.
Think about most of the people you know. They work “regular jobs,” for the most part. How many of them run their own businesses? …
(And why you have to be yourself)
Would you say most people know what their genius is and are using it as a guiding principle in their lives? — Matthew Kelly
So, let’s be direct.
Everything’s been done.
The business you’re thinking of doing. Done.
The products or services you’re thinking of selling. Done.
The marketing strategies and tactics you want to employ. Done.
It’s all been done.
The only thing that hasn’t been done yet is you being you, all out, and creating the thing you want to create in the exact way only you would create it.
That’s the only thing new to be done (or at least the only thing that only you can do). …
(In business and creative pursuits)
Can we get something out of the way right now? A lot of us are perfectionists. (There, I said it.)
We want to make the right choice or the only choice or the perfect choice. We want to know we’re doing the thing we should be doing (and there’s only one). That’s what we think, at least.
The reality is, there is no perfect anything. It doesn’t exist. There are faults in everything. Even the human body (which is a pretty miraculous thing) has its glitches and eventually breaks down.
So when it comes to your creative or business pursuit, there’s only one way to approach it (knowing that perfection isn’t a thing, that mistakes will be made, that you won’t and can’t have all the answers before you begin) — treat it as a series of experiments and adventures. …
This is Step #2.
Step #1 is to begin.
Always go back to Step #1 when you’re stuck or when you don’t know what to do.
Step #2 is to figure it out. No excuses.
Chances are, there’s some element (if not every element) of what you’re doing that has never been done. There’s no map for it, no directions, and no lifelines (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. No?).
You have to figure it out.
Well, I take that back. You don’t have to figure it out, if you don’t want to figure it out, so the question becomes, how bad do you want it? …
Note: This is the first episode of the Rock Your Genius podcast. Listen here.
I don’t know where you are on your journey, but it will help if you figure this out now: What do you want from your creative pursuit? Or, maybe a better question is, what do you want most — or first?
You may want all of those things, and that’s fine, but which do you want first?
If you’re looking for meaningful work (and, to me, meaningful work is about purpose, passion, creation, and contribution), there’s no guarantee that that will be the same thing as what brings you money — it could be, but there are no guarantees. …
We may have ideas, but then we’re disappointed when we do whatever it is we thought we wanted to do and realize it didn’t make us any happier.
From one of the articles:
People don’t know what they want. You might not know what you want. But you can think of something that sounds exciting to make. (Or make happen). And once you do that thing, you can do another one, make something else. And you can keep going. And if you keep going, making things you’re excited to make (or make happen), then you’re also excited to get up in the morning. …
This is Step #1.
(I know I said the GENIUS Inquisition was Step #1, but this is really Step #1.)
Anytime you’re confused about what to do, this is the step to revisit.
There’s no way around it.
If you’re doing something [ that’s hard / that’s never been done before / that you’ve never done before / that takes any kind of effort / that takes discipline / that takes figuring it out / that takes making it up / that takes making a map ], then you will revisit this step often.
You will wobble. …
(And why it’s your only shot)
Note: This article was originally published at CSCTP.today in audio form, which you can find here.
I pay attention to a lot of personalities online. What usually attracts me to them is a unique position or viewpoint I can’t find anywhere else.
Over time, a lot of these same personalities end up shifting their focus to things like “How to Build an Online Empire,” “How to Build an Internet Business,” etc. Over a little more time, their message becomes diluted and unrecognizable. I stop following them.
The hard thing, nobody’s doing.
The easy thing, you see everywhere. …
Given the current state of things, I’ve been unsure whether to keep working or do something else. But what else? And is the work necessary?
A little light showed itself Friday morning and prompted me to write and podcast about it. I’m including that here (along with the transcript), in case it might help you gain some direction, too.
When I look around at the state of things, it’s easy to get disheartened. Not only is there a lot of hardship and uncertainty, but times like these bring out the best in people and also the worst.
People are doing things that are inconsiderate, selfish, self-serving. …