On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.
Bottom line is I'm not comfortable writing about myself. In an effort to get over that discomfort, today I have committed to making an attempt to write about myself. The reasons for this are still formulating in my mind, but I've decided to move forward with this plan without analyzing it to death which would definitely result in the immediate stoppage of this foolhardy plan of mine.
To help me do this I agreed to participate in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. The idea is to use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. Each day they post a prompt from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide me on my writing journey. This should be interesting. Don't be shy about checking back to see how I'm doing and to leave a comment or thought of your own.
Day 4 - Prompt authored by Jenny Blake - "Post-it"
That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (ie I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (ie How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.
My biggest challenge of the moment is a follow up to my last post. My biggest challenge of the moment is getting attorneys, CPAs and others to understand why they need to hire me to enhance their online presence and take advantage of the power of social media. I spent the last 48 hours and many many hours before that trying to come up with ideas to beat this challenge.
I believe I need to keep doing what I am doing. I need to teach continuing ed classes. I need to speak to large groups of people about social media and how they can get involved. I need to meet face-to-face with prospects and their marketing people. I need to keep publishing blog posts and creating my monthly newsletter. All this should result in me building some credibility and establishing myself as the expert go-to guy in this field. Once this happens, all the pieces to the puzzle should fall into place.