Building a team is often described as the big win in levelling up a content creator’s success. If we delegate the tasks we don’t want to do, then we can double down on what we love doing.
But running a team is the kind of office work I chose to remove from my life.
Substituting doing something I don’t want to do, with managing someone else doing it seems like a compromise. What happened to Hell Yeah, or No!➹?
Perhaps I can transform some of the have-to’s into want-to’s. Previously, I got sick of trying to make a website do complicated things, and settled for something simpler. This allowed me to focus on the core challenge of writing. I’m much happier.
My content creation is meant to be logotherapeutic. So it needs to be kept up close and personal.
Either love it or cut it.
In a book I’m reading about ikigai➹, the authors have introduced logotherapy. The two ideas are related, being about having a purpose to live for.
It seems relevant to the journey of my great resignation, which is how this blog got started.
The Five Steps of Logotherapy
(1) A person feels empty, frustrated or anxious.
(2) The therapist shows them that what they are feeling is the desire to have a meaningful life.
(3) The patient discovers their life’s purpose (at that particular point in time).
(4) Of their own free will, the patient decides to accept or reject that destiny.
(5) This newfound passion for life helps them overcome obstacles and sorrows.
Once the patient has established their purpose, they can press on with life, breaking the mental chains of the past and overcoming obstacles along the way.
Where Am I In This Process?
(1) I started this journey by quitting a job and a lifestyle that I disliked. The hope was that I’d find a working life that satisfies. I called this hope my great resignation.
(2) I’m trying to replace a work life, with a life-work. That’s why I was reading about ikigai. So I already have the direction of travel.
(3) Step three is my work in process. I know that I want something greater than the great resignation. I’m just not sure how it’s going to work.
Writing is Thinking
I started this blog with the statement “I Am A Writer“. The intention was to push myself to write, even though I didn’t have the ideas clear in my head. Writing would be the act by which I figured things out, because writing is thinking.
One of the reasons I write is to clarify my own thinking.
When you write something for others, you discover all the gaps in your ideas. The process of writing reveals them and makes you organise your thoughts. You also see when you need to get more information, or check something you think you know.
“It was only when I actually wrote a blog post and wrote publicly and published on my blog … that helped me solidify and clarify my own thinking.”
— Ali Abdaal – YouTube clip➹
“When the ideas in your mind are clouded, so are the words on the page in front of you. Re-writing is re-thinking. It’s the single best way to sharpen your ideas.”
— Why You Should Write➹ – a blog post by David Perell
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” — David McCollough
— David Perell – Twitter➹