Writing gave me a way to keep going when everyone else told me to give up. When everyone told me to give in and “go get a real job!”
Because I didn’t want a real job. I needed more than that. I needed to prove to myself that I was not a quitter. That I could finally see something through to the end, no matter how much it hurt, or what price I had to pay to get there.
And maybe that’s the wrong way to walk through life, but it’s the way I’ve chosen to live. Because when I die, I want to lie there knowing that I had nothing left to give.
Which brings me to the purpose of this post, almost exactly two years after writing that article; on the edge of actually doing something amazing with my life.
Wondering if I am even capable of living up to the expectations I’ve set for myself.
And as I sit here thinking those thoughts, it occurs to me that none of it would be possible if I had not taken the time to write those words on that day. If I had not taken the time a year before that to start my blog, and if a few years before that, I had not started capturing my ideas on paper with the hopes that one day my grandchildren would find them and learn that their grandpa was quite the character.
Between my website, Medium.com, and the rest of my distributed network, more than 5,000 people still read that article each week. It’s been translated into more than 15 languages, and has been read more than 20 Million times around the globe.
That I can be human, and hurt, but still do things that no one ever thought I was capable of doing. And to show others that if I can do it, so can they.
To prove that we still live in the greatest country on earth, and to show that we live in the most amazing time our species has ever seen.
So if you are sitting there reading this, wondering whether or not you should start a blog, the answer is yes.
If you are sitting there wondering whether you should take the time to invest in yourself and start sharing a more complete version of yourself with the world, then YES, you should most definitely do that.
You should step out into this beautiful sea of opportunity known as the interned and start learning how to use these tools to set yourself apart from everyone around you.
Because the people who ignore these ideas are doing so at their own peril. At the cost of missing out on a brand new world that is being built by people just like me. All around them, and in plain sight.
Because soon things will be different, and those of us who took the time to stake our claim will become the new arbiters of influence, and those who did not heed these warnings will be left wondering why they are unable to keep up in a world that no longer moves at the pace of people. Completely lost in a world that moves only at the speed of information.