I have been a writer since age 4 or 5, and it just got away from me. Why do we let what we love go?
When I left Corporate America nearly four years ago, writing was what was missing from my career.
I have been a writer since age 4 or 5, and it just got away from me. Why do we let what we love go? I don’t know if it was a season or unconsciousness. Either way, I wanted it back.
So the first thing I did four years ago was write a book. It’s called Exit Strategy, and it’s available on Amazon, and it’s for those of you who are negotiating a severance package. It was born out of necessity. I’m not a lawyer or an HR expert, but I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a guide out there to help me navigate this very intense, stressful time.
I interviewed CEOs, HR, and others who had been there, and I wrote the guidebook I wish I had. This was before I knew I wanted to be a coach, an entrepreneur, or what my next chapter would hold.
Then, I started writing for Medium. I instantly fell in love with the platform and wrote and wrote and wrote some more without expectation. That was the key: No goals — pure enjoyment. I wanted to write to write, to get better, to develop a process, to build consistency, and if it led somewhere, great.
Today, I’m a Thrive Global contributor, I contribute to 17 additional publications, and I’ve written more than 1 million words. 100% of these collaborations happened organically, meaning I didn’t reach out or seek them out. An editor read something I wrote and asked if I’d like to be added as a regular contributor. An executive read something I wrote and asked if I could write something similar for their pub. Every time, it was a happy surprise and another opportunity to get better.
I’m not sharing to say I’m a big deal, but rather to say, those things that are calling to you? Those are the things meant for you. You can trust yourself to know what’s for you.
❤️ Do what you love. ❤️
And you don’t have to obsess about monetizing your talents. That can be a goal or not. There are so many paths to success, and you get to define it however you want.
So, tell me, what do you love to do? How can you incorporate more of that in your life?