"I don't write because I don't have anything to say."
You've got it backwards:
Write to find out what you have to say.
Every day, I show up to a blank page. I don't know what will come of today's writing session, but I'm determined to find out.
The cursor blinks. I chuckle. I remember when the blank page used to scare me.
"What if I have no ideas? What if the well runs dry?"
Those things don't bother me anymore because I've put in the reps. I've learned to trust the process.
What is the process? Write poorly. Then write a little better. But start by writing poorly.
Your problem isn't that you don't have anything to say. Your problem is you fear saying something poorly. You fear imperfection. You fear failure.
The well will not run dry. Every day I write, I discover I have more to say. I never wait until I have something to say. My writing starts with gibberish; nonsense from my head, a brain dump with the goings-on of yesterday.
But then it takes a turn. One random thought sparks another idea. The idea cascades into something more. I can't stop writing. Now I have something.
I can edit out the nonsense. No one needs to see the stream of consciousness that got me started, but lack of inhibition when starting is what allows the words to flow. Perfectionism no longer controls me.
I start with a belief that I have something to say. Then, I show up to the blank page and discover it.
Building a writing habit is the best thing you can do for your career.
It all starts with writing. Whether you want to teach a course, make a film, sell products, record a song, present a speech, produce a podcast, shoot a video… the message, not the form, is what matters.
Writing will jumpstart your career, increase your influence, and help you make a name for yourself. It will enable anything you want to be.
You might also discover you have something to say.