I originally wrote the words below early last week, but instead of posting it, I wrote a different one & posted, What About OpenDoc? It's Dead, Right?. Here's the first one. I'll post thoughts on Infocomm 2016 tomorrow.
On my way to Infocomm to see what interesting things await there, but wanted to get a quick post up first.
I certainly believe you should be good at what you do and continue to get better, but there is tremendous value in just showing up day after day to practice your craft.
For example, take these weekly LinkedIn posts. When I started the gap year, I committed to doing a weekly writeup for the entire year. This is the 39th one. Most are rubbish, but occasionally the squirrel finds the nut and it turns out OK.
I got a call yesterday from a guy that is interested in buying the airplane I built in the 90's. I'm certainly conflicted about parting with N197LC, but I'm reminded of the secret I used to successfully complete the project. I showed up everyday and did something. If I only went out to clean up, I invariably wound up building a little piece that then became a bigger piece that turned into an airplane. Eat the elephant one bite at a time they say. Yes, the picture in this post is my airplane with me at the helm above the skies in Kansas.
Last weekend, my nephew turned me back on to Casey Neistat. His latest project (that has been running for the last 18 months) is to do a daily 10 minute video blog (vlog). I've edited my share of video and know that to do something I'm proud of takes hours. The commitment to posting something/anything on a daily basis is admirable. The payoff for him is that he typically gets 1 million views per day and is a rising YouTube celebrity. A million views per day ... that's ridiculous! I used to feel good about averaging ~400 views per post here.
I'm taking 4 online courses at the moment. The problem is that I'm NOT showing up everyday and it shows. Just too many distractions I guess. No shame, no blame. I'll get back on it when I get back from Vegas. The beauty (or curse) of not being on a deadline. I believe in Parkinson's law.
Neistat's vlogs are inspiring me to give that a shot next. I'm thinking extremely short form, every day for a week or maybe a month.
If you're not showing up .... then start.