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There was a discussion in the Community chat this morning:

“Hey, haven’t seen you in awhile! Busy with work or busy with life?”
“Busy with both work and life!”

Now I know he’s just talking about his job and family, but I tend to reflect deeply without much provocation.

To me, the meaning and definition of words is an important matter. The use of “work” and “life” here in this context got me thinking.

Our culture believes that work is the opposite of play…

Here’s the truth: I struggle every time I have to show up.

Every time I need to write a new blog post, record a new podcast, or prepare a newsletter—it’s tough for me.

You don’t really ever get to a point where your first iteration of any new thing you make is perfect. It’s always a process. It always takes effort, sweat, and trudging through a lot of failed attempts.

You’re always going to be met with a blank page.

Look, I don’t care if you stub your toe and loose a four-letter exclamation. Unexpected pain, knee-jerk reaction, it’s on the tip of your tongue—I get it.

But professional profanity is a whole other ordeal.

Preconceived projections are what I’m talking about here. Blog posts, tweets, speeches, books; they’re all produced with forethought.

You plan out what you post, you prepare what speak, you have all the time in the world before your press publish, and yet you choose to curse intentionally.

If you want to make a name for yourself, write daily. Writing is where everything starts. Don’t like to write? It doesn’t matter. Even the great writers don’t always enjoy writing. Don’t have anything to say? It also doesn’t matter: You don’t write because you have something to say. You write to find out what you have to say.