Seth Godin taught me something today. Well, I've heard the same thing from some of my other inspirational favorites, but for some reason Seth's comment stuck.
He said on Tim Ferris's podcast that everyone should blog every single day. He said that people need to observe and notice things, every single day, and write about it.
Seth said that keeping a daily diary is the same thing, but the reason he urges you to write a blog post is because it's public. It's easy to hide behind a diary. You can't hide behind a published piece of work on the internet. So it's like look, I said this 6 months ago, and thought about this 2 years ago, and here's what I thought about this week.
I find that I have great ambitions to write more and to put my "work" out into the world more often, to teach what I want to teach, and provide value, and serve others with strengths that I think I have.
Then I freeze.
I wonder what people will think. Then I realize I have no followers, no one is going to read this anyways, so why even write it. And when I get over that I decide that what I have to say isn't good enough, smart enough, insightful enough, different enough. And then I realize I am nobody. And back to frozen.
Seth happens to be super popular and a thought leader. He talks and people listen. Of course he can tell anyone to blog every day.
Frozen even more.
Then I realize if I don't unfreeze, I'll never begin to unfold and untangle the thoughts in my head. I will never give myself a chance to come up with something thought provoking, something of value.
I will never do good work unless I start.
So I've melted.
And now I'm going to write.
I'm Kim. I like to work hard but not enough to stop having fun and enjoying life. I hope I never stop learning and exploring. Other people inspire me to be and do better every day. Read on for reflections on work and play.