Starting now – Day 1 6


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Ready, set…fail!

This is the first of 365 blog posts I’ll be making this year.1)Fighting the temptation to really belabor this point, but hopefully the snapshot below helps paint the picture.

For one year, every day, I am going to do at least one thing I have never done before with a bent towards improving myself in business and who I am with my family. As the idea for this came together, I realized many of the things I do will cross over into fitness or personal finance, but if it can’t be directly tied to improving my abilities2)probably the wrong word, but it’s worrying about crap like that that has made posts difficult to get out in the past as a husband and father and my knowledge and skills in business3)I have a feeling most things will serve both causes. then I’m not going to do it and I most certainly won’t write about it.

WHY?

Well, it’s a new year right?! Isn’t this when we all make monumental changes and stick to it? Actually, the idea that this is basically a New Year’s resolution is a source of shame and basically dooms the project4)I guess that’s a “businessy” enough term to fail. The main reason I want to do this is extremely important, maybe to you too but definitely to me.

At this point, I know all the “things.”5)Not a claim on comprehensive knowledge, but the hyperbole helps emphasize my point. I’ve read the books, listened to the podcasts, and followed all the guys on Twitter. There are countless talking heads telling us how to hustle and make lasting change. Almost all good. Most of the resources I’ve come across can even be described as valuable. That said, there is an obnoxious overlap with all these leadership nuts. Obnoxious, not because their wrong, but because their point is obvious and somehow I’ve refused to do it.

Plain and simple: action. Just doing it. What is “it.” Literally anything. Just do it. Take action. Fail. Try again. Fail. Succeed a little. Fail again. Do whatever. Don’t just start something. Finish something. Don’t try and have all the answers. Don’t wait for the climate to be perfect. Just…do.

You know, all the stuff Gary V, and Tim Ferris, and Jon Acuff, and Michael Hyatt, and How I Built This guests, and whatever schmuck you listen to or read says. Over and over and over again. So, this is what I’m going to “just do.” I want to write more and I want bolster my standing as a potential asset in the business world and I want to be the best  father and husband I can possibly be.6)I also want a six pack and bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Not in that order.

So, I’m going to “just do” every day and then write about it.

What to expect

Who knows. Subscribe and find out. Or don’t I have a few ideas that will get me started, but those are just backup. I’m also not going to hold myself prisoner by listing the initial ideas or providing some examples. Honestly though, I think it will be fun.7)One of the things my be not to use qualifiers like “honestly” in my writing

I’m not going to caveat any of this with things I am proud of or successes I’ve had. Hell, I may have even actually displayed a leadership trait or too, but that’s completely irrelevant. I am as sure as I can be of anything that I haven’t tapped into my potential as a human, as a man, as an adult, as a father, or as a husband.

My hope is this mini-journey will go a long way into answering the question, “What if…?”

Notes to me for tomorrow…and the next day…

Some promises I’m going to make to myself:

  • I’m not going to get bogged down trying to find the write image(s) to put in the post and hyperlinks will be somewhat of an afterthought. If time allows, I’ll groom the post to have it ready for your eyeballs, but these are just a couple reasons I have about 30 posts, some over 1,000 written words, still in draft from 2017.
  • Editing will continue to be important, but crafting the perfect way to say the perfect thing in the most perfectly hilarious way will have to be less of a priority.
  • Refuse to care about subscribers, comments, or feedback. Excited to do this for my own reasons. I hope the message resonates and I end up connecting with a ton of people, but this meaningful because I want to do it, and I’m looking forward to the content it creates…not the approval.8)or disapproval

Day 1 Task, 1 January 2018: Writing this post. Not a free pass, this is a big deal.9)Only a big deal if I make it to Day 2.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Fighting the temptation to really belabor this point, but hopefully the snapshot below helps paint the picture.
2. probably the wrong word, but it’s worrying about crap like that that has made posts difficult to get out in the past
3. I have a feeling most things will serve both causes.
4. I guess that’s a “businessy” enough term
5. Not a claim on comprehensive knowledge, but the hyperbole helps emphasize my point.
6. I also want a six pack and bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year
7. One of the things my be not to use qualifiers like “honestly” in my writing
8. or disapproval
9. Only a big deal if I make it to Day 2.

About Brent Nichols

My blogging is, no doubt, all over the map, but hope you'll find something just right for you. Currently living in the D.C.-metro area in Northern Virginia. You know what? I think I kinda like it out here.


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