Today I had some free time while we were out and about running errands. I spent the time listening to a few TED Talks hoping to gain some inspiration or learn something that I could apply towards something I am already doing. Although I didn’t come across anything earth shattering or mind bending, I did find a key takeaway from one of the talks about trying something different for 30 days.
In the talk, +Matt Cutts (a Google engineer) explains how easy and liberating it is to try something new for 30 days, but one of the ideas that he brought up was truly a novel concept: writing a book. According to Cutts, one of the hardest parts about this particular challenge was getting all of the words in every night (1,667, to be exact) before going to sleep.
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Now I won’t be hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro or biking 20 miles to work every day, but I think I want to take what I learned from this short talk and apply it towards my love for writing and sharing what I learn. Hopefully, if all goes well, every day for the next 30 days you should see a few paragraphs of ideas, suggestions and stories in my blog.
Keeping up with something (or anything) can be tedious. Our lives are already jam-packed with tasks, to dos and ever-increasing expectations from our employers and family. We need to be in 100 places at the same time getting 1000 things done before our heads hit the pillow. The problem with this lifestyle is that we don’t always get a chance to do what we love to do.
The 30 day challenge for me will be expanding by passion for writing by writing something new and engaging every day. It might not be the best collection of thoughts and ideas, but it will certainly be a consistent and thorough group of silly ideas, fun concepts and hard-learned lessons.
I hope you are looking forward to whats to come and help give me the encouragement I need to keep it going. Who knows? Maybe after 30 days I will find this is something I really love doing.