“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~Henry David Thoreau
People often ask where my ideas for books, blog posts, essays and keynotes come from.
Simple answer…life outside of writing books, blog posts, essays and giving talks.
I launch a company, product or experience, succeed, struggle, fail, recover…so I write about it.
I have a great customer experience at a restaurant, or a terrible one…so I write about it.
I watch my daughter grow up and wonder at what she’s thinking along the way…so I write about it.
I struggle to build a career while also honoring my desire to be present in the lives of the people and experiences I hold dear…so I write about it.
I try to grab the reigns of health, fitness and mindset, sometimes in triumph, other times defeat…so I write about it.
I have conversations with incredible people…so I write about it.
I paint, write music, travel, go on walkabout, wonder which way is up…so I write about it.
I blend that with the quirky lens through which I take in the world and out comes content, stories, ideas, discoveries and experience.
On the rare occasion I feel stumped for things to write about, it’s always because I’ve spent too much time writing and not enough time living beyond the pen.
It’s always a sign I need to put down the moleskine and step away from the screen.
Not in the name of contriving a content-worthy life, but in the name of living a life worth writing writing about.
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