I haven’t been writing a lot the last few weeks. With my job, this time of year is tough. I have to prepare my business for end-of-year taxes, so I get to huddle with the company bean-counters a lot the past few weeks. My partners and I also review the year and decide about bonuses, distributions, and next year’s budgets. Throw in the obligatory holiday events, vendor meetings and even personal holiday duties, I’ve had little time to write.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —Colin Powell
I’ve failed at nearly everything I’ve ever done in my life. My first marriage collapsed. I started multiple business ventures which never got off the ground. I failed friends and family, college and technical certification exams, blown several job interviews. Hell, I even muffed a driving test once. Looking back, at all my life’s significant milestones, I often failed the first time. And failure taught me everything I know.
When I first started this blog 7 months ago, I had a simple goal. I wanted to learn how to write again. Over the years I’d noticed my writing had turned banal and repetitive. Most of what I wrote was for work, but even then I saw no reason I shouldn’t be able to make my prose cleaner and concise.
I’m not sure how I can say this in a nice way, so I won’t. It’s over between us.
I suppose I could say it’s not you, it’s me, but that would be a lie. It’s mostly you.
I haven’t written anything in a while, the “muse” just hasn’t been there. I recognize that is exactly the wrong way to write consistently. Best practice is to sit down with a pen and paper every day, the muse be damned! But for me, this endeavor is not a passion, or a livelihood, or really even a hobby right now. It is an experiment.
“I don’t work to collect money.” — Warren Buffett