“Staring at a blank screen with the freedom to express yourself is extremely daunting. But, why let fear stunt you from your greater purpose.”
It’s an immensely arduous task to write about yourself and your life experiences. I personally have wanted to start blogging again for the past 5 years. I started blogging when I was really young. I was 13 when I first started my first Friendster blog. I was one of the first bloggers from our city. I remember my first 5 articles spread throughout our town like wildfire. I was the subject of admiration but also ridicule. Since then, I put my blogging hat aside and have never written an article myself again. I have always been afraid to write, I have always found a way to procrastinate.
Today, I intend to change that.
Here are my most valuable lessons learned for the year:
Lessons from a Young Author: Write every day and never cease to document your work, thoughts, musings, travel and life experiences. You will be surprised to uncover the beauty of the life you have lived.
A few weeks ago, I met this dutch girl in a yoga class. She was a normal 30-something girl but what’s interesting is, not only is she gorgeous and an accomplished professional, she also has a very strong philosophical foundation but what astounds me, is she’s an author of a book! Props to her! Made me seriously low-key question myself, what have I been doing with all my free time?
Lessons from a 60-year-old Wise Man: Mental Sharpness is maintained by constant Mental Stimulation and consistent Mental Training
Beginning of the year, I met this 60-something private equity executive. This man handles a portfolio in the hundreds of millions and his entire career, he was always known to turn companies from zero to multi-million dollars in revenue in a relatively short amount of time. But was shocked me the most, is that he’s in his 60’s but his mind is extremely sharp. He could run circles around me with his business prowess and his impressive memory. Not to mention, at his age, he is in prime shape. He is a really good kite-boarder! For those of you who have never tried kiteboarding, its a real mental and physical skill to be a kiteboarder. Getting on a board and actually start kiting is an immensely difficult thing. I asked this man one question that changed my life. I asked him:
Me: “What do you do to stay this sharp?”
Him: “Well, I train not just my physical self, but I train my mind.”
Me: “How? How do you do this?”
Him: “Darling, I read five books per week!”
Me: “Holy shit, I can’t even manage to finish a book!”
Him: “Well, there’s your mistake! You don’t have to finish every single book! A lot of books are not meant to be finished or read chapter-for-chapter!”
Me: “What do you mean?”
Him: “It does not matter whether you read 10% or 100% of a book my dear, whatever you read today is more knowledge than you had yesterday.”
I stood there completely stunned.
He continues his profound advice by saying:
Him: “I don’t only read what I’m interested in, I read beyond that! I read about culture, literature, art, and philosophy! Heck, I even read about architecture and religion although I am not remotely interested in it.”
That very same night, I started reading. I have not stopped since.
Back to the Dutch girl, I was so amazed when she told me she was an author of a published book. I have the utmost respect for authors. I think it takes a lot to start an article, what more an actual book! So I asked her:
Me: “How did you author a book at such a young age? What made you start writing?”
Her: “I got sick of my life. I was always out in bars, clubs, and parties, wasting my time away with strangers and thinking I was cool. I got sick of it and knew that I was meant to do more”
Me: “Wow, how did you do it?”
Her: “I wish I could give you some fancy answer, but the truth is I just started writing and I wrote every damn day. Some days I wrote well, some days nothing came out, some days I drowned in frustration writing only crappy words but I never stopped writing. Until one day, I had written so much stuff good and bad but all of them combined, definitely worthy of a book.”
I sat there completely stunned — again!
Same principle as the Private Equity guy who reads 5 books a week. This relentless desire in humans utterly inspires me. We are capable of doing such great things if we only put our fearless hearts into it and if we do it consistently.
One of my greatest mentors told me when I was 17:
So today, I vow to start writing and to keep reading. I remove myself from excessive times on social apps and the overindulgent times of self-criticism.
Today, I start sharpening my saw as I hope to sharpen the saws of others.