I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: starting a business is a rollercoaster. Sometimes it’s so fun you could scream, other times you’re one downturn away from losing your lunch. The 2nd year has been completely different than the first. Both have had their ups and downs. Honestly, I’m rolling into year 3 feeling more confused than ever. That’s why I’m writing this now. I’m in the thick of it, working my way out of the mess, and hope it’s helpful to read if you’re in the same boat.
Today I was connected to a brilliant scientist. She was looking to compile her lifetime of atmospheric research into a book. Pretty cool, right? As we talked, it became more and more clear that she was looking for a ghostwriter. Nearly every part of me wanted to say yes.
Isn’t it frustrating that we can’t possibly have it all figured out right away? Whether we start a company, blog, book, new relationship, job, there is inevitably a learning curve involved. Something we’re so certain of today falls apart tomorrow. And, if we listen closely enough, something better emerges from that falling apart.
Is it just me or are single serving stories showing up everywhere? Single serving stories are processed, packaged responses to emails, memos, and messages. These shortcuts make me sad.
Last night, I went to a holiday party. I found myself next to the hors d'oeuvres talking to a woman whom I’ve met a few times before. We settled into a conversation about pets (a popular topic among acquaintances). It didn’t take me long to realize that I was conversing with a walking Story Trap.
Do you ever look up, in a moment of clarity, and think to yourself wow, I’ve been taking things really seriously lately?
As a bootstrapping solopreneur, I spend a LOT of time either working alone or working alongside strangers at a coffee shop. Basically, no one cares if I meet my goals or check off things from my to-do list.
An open letter to my Resistance. The thing that shows me the work I must do and has the power to keep me from doing it.
Sometimes life hits a standstill. It doesn’t matter if you are living your dream career or married to the love of your life or traveling to exotic locals on a regular basis, inertia settles in to even the most abundant of lifestyles. I like to call this the Story Trap.
Great storytelling is an art, yes. It's also not nearly as complicated as some would have you believe. You don't have to be a 'creative' or a 'writer' to tell a great story. You can be an engineer, scientist, mathematician, lawyer, or designer.
Earlier this week, I told you a story about the power of story to illustrate why your story matters so much. Now, let's dive in a little deeper...