I've been thinking a lot this past week about my blog. What it is, how it has served me and those who read it, and why I do it.
I started my blog almost a year ago as a way to put my ideas out there and help me along in my journey of self-education. It has served as a reference point for meetings, conversations and decision making. It's essentially my journal. But as I look back at my entries and what people are saying, it's also a story. Each blog post has a story behind it. I am either experiencing, learning, or noticing something that merits a post. As I step back and look at the theme of my blog, I have realized that this blog is a story about me and my aspirations to become really good at what I do. I am constantly trying to improve and think about things. This blog has given me the outlet to reflect on whether or not I am actually improving. I am learning what I am passionate about and what I don't like. I am also learning about how others (individuals and organizations) become really good at what they do. There are many interesting details to explore and learn about the subject that it's something I could continue to write about for the rest of my life.
My hope is that one day I will become a master of my craft—my craft being teaching, writing, mentoring, leading. My greater hope is that I help numerous people become masters of their respective crafts. And, since I do a fair amount of reflecting on this blog, I have decided to now call my blog "reflections on becoming a master of your craft."
Everyone has a story to tell. I believe one of the most powerful ways one can tell that story is through entrepreneurship.
My dad is an entrepreneur. He has built a healthy real estate and construction business over the years. He is also a master craftsman. He tells his story each time he designs and builds a house. Each time he fixes a cabinet. Each time he teaches another how to build a beautiful jewelry box. His story is engrained in every piece of his work, his story is his art.
My mom is an entrepreneur. She has built a piano-teaching empire in her own right. She has a loyal tribe of followers and has always maintained a waiting list of people wanting to have her teach their children piano. Her consistency and love for what she does and who she does it for has made her business thrive. Her story is one of diligence, joy and the art of caring—just ask any of her students.
Yes, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Tim Ferriss are all entrepreneurs, but my buddy who does freelance photography is also an entrepreneur. My co-workers who manage accounts or develop software are entrepreneurs. My sister who spends her days taking care of five kids is an entrepreneur. Because entrepreneurship is an attitude. An attitude of taking what you know and adding to it. An attitude of taking what you have and improving it. An attitude of seeking out problems and solving them. But most importantly, entrepreneurship is an attitude of taking action. It doesn't matter if you are Jeff Bezos and have unlimited funds or a recent college grad with 100k in loans, if you have this kind of attitude and do something about it, you are an entrepreneur.
And that's what my blog's about. It's what my book is about (which I am halfway through writing), it's what my courses and podcast (which are in the works) are going to be about—about becoming an entrepreneur. I'm not only talking about what it takes—in terms of work ethic, courage, and grit but also what it requires—in terms of tools, skills, knowledge, and other resources.
Thanks for reading my story and following my journey as I continue to add to it daily. But I know that it is serving its purpose when the things I have to say and teach add to yours.