Write every day.
That’s what I learned today in a Seth Godin YouTube video as he was being interviewed by Chris Do two years ago. Even if it’s crappy writing. He also doesn’t believe in writer’s block, which I find hard to believe.
Write consistently for 100 days. That is the goal. That puts me at November 18, 2020.
Over the course of my teenage years, I’ve tried to keep a blog and failed miserably. It was the consistency that always got to me (as you could have seen here on this account — I haven’t touched this since 2 weeks ago). However, I have been writing in my Michelle Obama’s Becoming journal on a daily basis since quarantine started. It’s easier when there’s actual prompts for me to follow.
Godin presented a few interesting takes on life in general. He questioned the existence of schools and discounted the importance of mentors. It is heroes, we need to be focused on — not mentors. Heroes will be our guiding compass in the direction we need to head in. Mentors don’t scale.
Fear reminds you that you’re on the right path.
This was the point that hit me the hardest where he continued to press on why we’ve been brainwashed (in school, at work, in life) on the issue of complacency. It relates back to his main point on why do we even have schools in the first place. For 12 years (or 16 years if you attend a four-year college), we’ve been taught to check boxes and receive praise when we are obedient. We haven’t normalize risk-taking and asking the tough questions as young children. Teach kids how to lead and solve interesting problems.
The issue of complacency also relates back to the social, racial unrest nowadays. I think this is where my thinking converged from my desire to own my own business (breaking away from the usual mold of holding a 9–5) and how all the movement about racism and all the unjust society issues that are being raised.
Fear could drive our actions, whether good or bad, but using fear as a motivator could help flip this world and its thinking upside down. Something we need right now to scrap the plans we had and think about how we can approach problems with a different perspective.