Welcome. You’re reading my first official post. 7 years too late. Today,
August 30th, 2016. September 09, 2016. I have been wanting to start this blog for a long time. In fact, I have written down “start blog” on at least twenty different to-do lists of mine.
Who am I?
I’m an inquisitive, curious entrepreneur and attorney based in Miami, FL. If I had to sum it up, I think ultimately I am a storyteller. My medium currently happens to be writing on this blog, but eventually it will grow into many things. Come back and see what I’ve been up to.
Starting something you’re passionate about always seems daunting at first. However, it is the maintenance that creates true value. It is where growth happens and we form those habits to increase our abilities. For instance, you don’t have to complete a full-feature film to be a producer. You only need to start a 30 second movie production. Then repeat. Wash and repeat. After awhile, you’re doing full shorts. It seems so simple, it sounds ridiculous to sum it up in writing here. Nevertheless, we like to make things seem more complicated than they are.
I am applying those principles to start here. This blog is my showcase for forming the writing (and doing) habit. Sure, I have written papers throughout my life from grade school up to law school, but not on a consistent level and in a public fashion. This blog will start with the small task of 30 minutes a day of writing. Then, posting the finished product for people to read. One inspiration behind this is Seth Godin.
Blogging every day clarifies my thoughts — it helps me notice things. It’s one of the most important practices of my profession.
What to Expect
I’ll share my ideas, the interesting material I’ve come across, and most importantly share stories. More importantly, this blog is about showing the world the courage to be a doer. This is something I struggle with, and I know I am not alone. Through the process, I hope to inspire others, such as Karen Cheng did for me with this video:
The additional purpose of this blog for me is documenting the process, my growth process. Having mixed feelings about Facebook and other platforms, this will be my new home.
“We all have our own treasured collections. They can be physical cabinets of curiosities, say, living room bookshelves full of our favorite novels, records, and movies, or they can be more like intangible museums of the heart, our skulls lined with memories of places we’ve been, people we’ve met, experices we’ve accumulated. We all carry around weird and wonderful things we’ve come caress while doing our work and living our lives. These mental scrapbooks form our tastes, and our tastes influence our work.
“Our tastes make us what we are but they can also cast a shadow over our own work. “All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste,” says public radio personality Ira Glass. “But there is this gap. For the first couple of years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.” Before we’re ready to take the leap of sharing our own work with the world, we can share our tastes in the work of others.” -Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
The Second Best Time to Start
Starting 7 years ago would have been nice, but the second best time is today. This Chinese proverb sums it up perfectly:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Nevertheless, no looking back. Here we go….
Leap, and the net will appear. – The Artist’s Way