I’ve been meaning to write this post for several days now, but I allowed myself to get caught up with traveling and training delivery. And while I love writing on the road, I forget how much energy goes into stand-up delivery. I had a whale of a time though, working with a group of senior managers. I easily reached flow state at least three of four times during the two days. And now, back in the office, it’s time to catch up on content creation.
As you may have heard on my soundcloud page:
I went for a walk in the Cotswolds last Saturday. It was meant to be a group walk, but turned into a solo venture due to my comfort with last minute planning. While I would have loved the company, I’m actually glad I got the opportunity to spend some time alone with my great Teacher – Mother Nature. I mentioned in my last post that I get bored very quickly sticking to writing blogposts using the popular numeric framing technique that prevalent among some of the top personal development blogs. I think that’s fine if the intent and the aim of the site is strictly about passing on knowledge. The numeric framing technique is a great format for passing on information in a digestible format that’s easy to scan read.
What I learned on my walk is that is not my path. My path lies more along the narrative route. Although, I’m sure, from time to time, I will use numeric framing as a structure, I know, without a doubt, I get more pleasure and personal satisfaction when my writing takes me on a narrative journey. Writing is like rambling to me. You have an area in mind that you want to explore and then you set off in a general direction and then rambling along until you eventual get to where you wanted to go. Leaving plenty of time to examine interesting things along the way.
And that’s the direction you’ll probably see this blog start to take. I’ve refined my focus to account for my work as lifestyle business model as oppose to a traditional business model. The traditional business model simply bores the pants off of me, whereas the unconventional gets me fired up. A lifestyle business model fits more with my personal philosophy and my personality. I know I have some crazy hard-work ahead of me to pull this off, but hey, if it was easy, everybody would be doing it, right?
In case you didn’t catch the fact that I’ve revised the About page, here’s what I’ve added:
Life, Work, Pop Culture, and The Great Outdoors
I write about personal development with the belief that our sole obligation is to be who we are and to be excellent in all the ways a person can be excellent physically, spiritually, intellectually, and practically.
I write about being a free agent and other forms of entrepreneurship with the belief that if you do what you love and love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life because your work and your play will be one and the same.
I write about pop culture with the belief that music, art, and film help us tap into the truth about what it means to be human.
I write about The Great Outdoors with the belief that Mother Nature is the greatest teacher of all.
I may yet find that this is still too broad, if my intent is to attract a tribe of like-minded people. But as Robert Heinlein wrote “Specialization is for insects.”
The full quote goes like this:
[blockquote]A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.[/blockquote]
That’s what I’m talking about. How this all plays out, who knows, but come along for the ride and let’s find out together.