This is my 100th blog post.
I’ve written every week, for the last 100 weeks.
In a moment, I’ll tell you why I write every week. It took a while for me to figure it out.
Special thank you to Mitch Mitchell for encouraging me to start my writing journey.
I’ll never forget that sunny afternoon, on a walk at Onondaga Lake Park, when Mitch said, “Steve, you should be blogging. You have experiences people want to hear. There are people out there who you can help.”
My first thought was, “Me? Who would want to read what I have to say?”
So, I set up a personal contract with myself. Write something, anything, and post it every Sunday night. I’ve done that, 100 Sunday’s in a row.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted my weekly blog to be about. “What will I write about, week in, and week out?” I’d ask myself. I had no clue.
In fact, as I’ve said many times in previous posts, most of the time, I have no idea what I’ll write about until the Sunday morning before I post.
Writing is hard.
Even Hemingway said:
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”
About 80 blog posts ago, I met a professional writer, virtually, on Twitter. I asked her to critique my writing. “Your content is great! You need to improve your writing mechanics. You write like a 5th grader” she replied.
Her comments both, pissed me off, and woke me up. Being a coach, I love direct communication. Thank God for her!
My readers know, I love a challenge!
One reason I write is for me. I want to become a better writer.
Most weeks my writing is average. Sometimes it sucks. Then there are those few times when I launch my thoughts into cyberspace and say “That was pretty good.”
The second reason I write is to help you become a better leader.
Leaders, in my opinion, are simply great people.
If you want your team or clients to become raving fans, you’ve got to be perceived as a Leader in your space.
I hope by reading my thoughts, you’ll become a better person and a Leader.
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I’m glad Mitch gave me the small push I needed to get started.
I appreciate the compliments I’ve received on my weekly essays. You don’t know how good your generous words make me feel. Thank you.
What have you been putting off because you think you’re not good enough?
Maybe it’s time to make a personal contract with yourself. How about writing it below in the comments area.