I just finished watching an interview with Marie Forleo and Seth Godin and have decided to commit to writing a blog post daily. Short or long, boring or entertaining, every — single — day. I have no idea what I’m going to write about or what I’m going to share with the world, but the important thing is to be consistent.
Some articles will be quick and to the point and others will be in depth. Some will describe how to do something and others will just be my opinion. There is no right or wrong, good or bad. Just sharing. If you like an article, share it, and if you don’t, well don’t. If you found value in what I shared, pleases let me know in the comments.
I will leave you with two quotes from these amazing entrepreneurs and authors.
“Your idea is worth nothing without shipping” — Seth Godin
“You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.” — Marie Forleo
I remember what it used to be like to not carry around a phone everywhere I went. There would be a party or event and you would just go. You would show up and talk to people, interact, and heaven forbid make friends.
Today however, not just kids, but older folks have become obsessed with having sharing their experiences. The ironic part is that it’s not about the experience at all.
What we really care about is sharing with as many people as possible even if that means sacrificing the current moment to do it. Look at me here, look at me do this. We seek approval from a mass audience of loose acquaintances we call friends on social networks.
The likes pour in and a rush of adrenaline and dopamine go straight to the brain encouraging us to do it again and again even if there’s nothing particularly interesting happening.
Our phones go everywhere with us and the notifications steadily pile in on a consistent basis. It’s now common for people in the same room to ignore each other and be completely absorbed in their “social life”.
With all time spent there must be something truly important or valuable right? Yes, social media has allowed for information to be shared instantaneously across the world, people to organize around causes, and connect people that would have otherwise never met.
That’s a great thought but for most of us it looks more like this:
We spend hours on Facebook uploading photos of places we’ve been and editing our life’s story so it best fits how we want others to see us. On Instagram enhancing images to make the perfect photo. At the same time we use apps like Snapchat to send photos and videos back and forth sharing only a few seconds.
We’re so obsessed that we disregard other people’s safety while driving just so we can send a text.
There is nothing better and nothing worse than starting. When you first start you feel full of ideas and possibilities of what you could bring to the world and that there are so many good ideas that you’ll never be able to choose!
Then when you finally settle on your master idea, you know the one, that very special something that really blow people away. After carefully considering all your ideas you finally chosen one, you feel like you’ve already made an accomplishment.
Then all the questions start popping into your mind. Will this actually work? Hasn’t this been done before? How am I really going to do this? What will people think? Will anyone care about it? Will this make a difference in other people’s lives?
It’s at this moment that you need to hit pause. Take a moment and realize that it’s not really about any of those questions. It’s about just starting. It’s only after you start something and release it into the world that you learn, grow, and get down to the real nitty gritty work.
We live in a time when it is so easy to share information, ideas, and thoughts. Most people are already oversharing on social media filling Facebook profiles with mundane moments, silly cat videos, and opinions about tv shows you will never watch. The bar has been set extremely low.
Put aside your fear, insecurities, and stop questioning yourself.
Even though I joined Medium more than a year ago, this is the first time I have published an article. It was time to just start.