I Am Inspired
Nathan Barry, whom I met at MicroConf 2013, says that one of the most significant contributors to his success is his writing. He made a commitment to himself to write 1000 words a day, and once he stuck to it, saw massive success.
I remember feeling a little twinge of interest when I first heard that. “How can you write that much?” was the first response. “What are the benefits?” was the second. After hearing Nathan on podcasts and learning about the personal, business, and financial impact this one habit has had on his life, I am now inspired to see where it can lead me.
I’m Going To Try It
I don’t know how, but I’m going to try to write that much every day. 1000 words, on any topic, coming out of my head and ending up on some medium.
To me, the writing is the easy part. I’ve always been a bit of a natural writer, and find that when I put my mind to it, I can churn out relatively good content at a fairly rapid pace. The hard part is the consistency. I have a hard time committing to flossing my teeth twice a week – committing to generating 1000 words a day (a minimum of 30-45 minutes of work) is going to be quite tough to fit in.
I recently tweeted to Nathan that this was brutally hard. He told me it gets easier. I hope he’s right.
So here I am, writing away. I’m not even sure that I’ll publish this post, and if I do, I certainly won’t promote it heavily. This is the start of a habit building journey for which I don’t know the outcome. I’m going to have to find my topics, discover my voice, stumble upon my audience.
But I’m committed. I’m ready to take on the challenge, and I don’t commit to things lightly. People may get sick of hearing from me, my keyboard may wear out, I may pull out all my hair coming up with new ideas. But I’m not going to give up without a fight.
I Have Some Good Starting Points
I have my love of software. That gets me a bevy topics to write about off the bat. I can dive deep into business organization, agile development, entrepreneurship, all topics that I am passionate and knowledgeable about. I give talks at conferences, I attend business and social events and hold my own, and I read voraciously, so I at least have comprehension of current events. And I love to learn. That gives me a big advantage out of the gate.
I also have my companies. My KMI family and the enterprise software company life. Collabinate, and my journey to build a solo bootstrapped software company in my spare time. These two topics and the daily time I spend on them could probably fill up a post a day.
And last but far from least I have my family. I have my kids, about whom I could tell funny stories all day long. I have my little Brooke, and her Prader-Willi Syndrome that will be a part of our lives from now on. I have our adventures, our personal hopes and dreams, and our tough times.
I Must Let Go Of The Fear
I’m already scared that I won’t be able to do this. That I will fail, fall on my face, and retreat. That I will be mocked by the masses for attempting to do a silly thing. Or worse, that I will be scorned for being Yet Another Wannabe Writer, putting out drivel on the internet and expecting people to flock in droves. I think they call these kinds of feelings impostor syndrome
There was a presentation by Noah Kagan (of AppSumo fame) put on yesterday where he talked about conquering fears. This is the guy that took on the challenge to make a $1000 in one day in a brand new business and did it selling beef jerky. I didn’t get a chance to watch the presentation, but I’m pretty sure I already know the content. It’s the same thing Tim Ferriss tells you to conquer by laying on the floor in a mall. It’s what Nike means when they say Just Do It.
So I’m going to put away the fear and get it out there. I can’t worry about what my boss will think, what my wife will think, what random passing strangers will think. This is for me to learn and grow. And maybe share some interesting info.
It Will Get Hard
This is a filler post. A fluff piece. I’m knowingly spamming myself and others and yet I keep writing. And the reason for that is that I wanted to start here, tonight, right now, but I can’t bring myself to write about anything interesting. I mean I can, but I’m too tired and sore to put myself in the mindset. So I’m cheating.
I’m sure there will be many times when I will have to cheat. What happens when I travel? What happens when I’m on vacation? What happens when I’m sick? The point of a habit and a challenge and a life-changing inspiration is to stick with it. Even Nathan says he sometimes needs to cheat and use hand written notes to count towards his total. But his writing continues. And he grows. And so will I.
I Will Need Help
I will not be able to do this without support. I’ll eventually talk to people about it to get their feedback, and hopefully their encouragement. I will look to people trying to do the same things as me to get further inspiration.
I will also look to you, dear reader, for your support, feedback, encouragement, and inspiration. My eventual growth will hopefully someday benefit the internet at large, so your little nuggets of support will be payed forward. You can reach me on Twitter @mafuba, and comments here are encouraged. Thank you for reading this far.