Last year I read the book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.
In it he talked about why it’s important to become a “documentarian” of what you do.
This short little book had such an impact on me that I’d say it was one of the top 3 reasons why I finally launched this daily blog. Kleon says:
“The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.”
So the questions are:
1) “What do I want to learn?”
2) “How do I be honest about my journey?”
After a lot of thought I believe I finally know what I want to learn: how to go from being a broke freelancer to a wealthy entrepreneur.
There I said it.
I almost didn’t include the word “wealthy” out of fear of what some people might think about me.
“Oh Josh is just all about the money now!”
“I thought he was a Christian. Doesn’t he know pursuing wealth is dangerous for your soul?”
Yes, I do actually. Thank you for being so concerned with my salvation.
I understand the spiritual risks of having a lot money. But here’s the thing… I’ve always been a risk taker.
My mom would always say her boys were a bunch of adrenaline junkies. We played sports like ice hockey, jumped off cliffs on snowboards and raced cars!
So if you tell me “money is risky,” hoping that will change my mind then you’re going to be disappointed.
Anyway, I got off track there. Back to becoming a “documentarian” of what you do. 🙂
That’s really what I want to do with this blog.
I’ve already made a 10-year commitment to publish daily on here. That’s not up for debate. I’m doing it.
So the question is: what will I write about every single day!!
I only have so many tips, tactics and strategies I can share with you (sorry).
And I’d like to think I have a whole storehouse of wisdom to draw from but let’s be real: I’m 32 years old.
Yes, I’ve had some valuable life experiences I can talk about, like how I went from a $500/day cocaine habit to becoming clean and sober.
But how many times can I rehash that same story!? Plus, it’s the past. It’s not the story I’m living right now.
When I write about it it’s like I’m writing about someone else because that’s not who I am now.
If I were starting this blog 13 years ago then yes, I would probably write about my journey of going from being an addict to being sober because that’s what I was learning at the time.
But it’s not my life now.
My life now consists of making the transition from being a self-employed copywriter to being a business owner.
That’s what I live and breathe every day now.
When I wake up in the morning it’s what I think about. When I walk out to my motorhome and open up my laptop it’s what I work on. It’s what I talk to my wife about at lunch.
So it only makes sense that it should also be what I blog about!
Now you would think this would be a no-brainer, right?
Just be honest about where you are, where you’re going and what’s happening along the way.
But here’s the challenge: being honest is not easy.
Your ego gets bruised. You risk offending and alienating people. Not everyone will like you.
So I’m faced with a choice. And so are you if you want to document your journey: do you want to be real and give people an honest report of what your journey is like or do you want to create some sort of facade to hide behind?
Do whatever you want. But I feel compelled to be honest. And it’s scary. I won’t lie.
But my heart says to take the risk because the reward is worth it.
Just like I’m not going to shy away from creating wealth because of the spiritual risks involved, I’m also not going to shy away from being honest about my journey.
So here we go… Stay tuned and thank you for reading. My commitment to you is to be honest, even when it hurts.