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The Art of Doing

I was talking with a friend tonight.  She's one of the most talented writers I know.  Puts me to shame.  Except for on execution.  Although lately that's debatable.

I believe in inspiration and striking when the iron is hot.  But how does the iron get hot?  Waiting? No.  Not by waiting.  By doing.  I write every day.  I may not always write here, but I always start or edit a song and I keep a journal in which I rarely miss a day.  By no means am I a perfect writer, but I like to think that I increase my chances each time I put pen to paper.  Or fingers to a keyboard.

I'm an advocate of doing.  Always.  Like Seth Godin says, always be shipping.  These posts are me shipping.  Are they perfect?  No.  Are they done?  That's debatable too.  But they get shipped.  Same with songs.  I played a song that was less than three hours old a couple of weeks ago.  Risky?  You betcha.  Worth it?  Absolutely.

The First Hurdle

No matter what it is, the first hurdle is always the worst.  Once you clear it, you think, "That wasn't so bad...What's next?"

And it's awesome.  So don't be shy.  Go for the first hurdle and the rest will not seem nearly as bad.  And is anything really ever as bad as we make it out to be?  Rarely.  We as human beings have a tendency to make things so much harder than they have to be.  I see it in nine year olds and 59 year olds.  We can't help ourselves sometimes.

Or can we?  Clear the hurdle.  It's worth it.

The Art of Doing

May 23, 2013 10:37AM

I’m a proponent of just doing it.  That’s how this blog started.  That’s how everything I’ve ever done has begun: just do it!  See what happens.

I mean, if I don’t do it, someone else might, but I have no guarantee of that.  So if I just do it, then I know it will happen.

The more you do, the more you, well, do.  It’s a snowball effect.  You want to write a great song?  Write 30 songs.  Write 100 songs!  The more you do, the greater your chances are of getting what you want.

I recently started taking voice lessons and last week I bought my first pair of drumsticks and a practice pad.  I wanted to do more.  So I did it.  I’m also knee deep in a speed reading book (which has worked wonders for my reading).  It’s fun doing a lot, and I find it much more liberating than doing a little.  We thrive on structure as humans.  At least I do.  The more structure I have the more I get done.

Don’t get me wrong - I love free-for-all days.  But too many of those in a row and I start to get sad.  I get lazy, I feel kind of gross.  And ungrateful.  It’s weird, I know, but that’s me.

Doing more, in my book, sure beats the alternative of doing nothing.