Ever read Chris Brogan’s blog?
Man, that guy says it just the way I want to.
Ever read any Seth Godin? That guy says it better than Chris.
Steven Pressfield says it better than both of them.
They all say it their way.
What’s so great about all of the above creative people is that they have a point of view and know how to express it.
Me and you?
It’s not that we don’t have a point of view. It’s that we haven’t thought it all the way through. It’s still developing. We’re learning how to move our point of view through the web. We learn with practice.
Right now me and you are starting up. We’re just starting to move away from our own needs and reasons to create something toward filling other peoples’ needs and reasons. Right now, we have inspiration. We have a vision for this Long Tail Kitchen Table Business of ours. We’re just starting to put some skin in the game, dig our heels in.
How do you start to be the one who says it better?
You have your models and voices that resonate. I mentioned mine above.
You might disagree, but I say take their words (or as Austin Kleon says, Steal Like an Artist).
Take Chris for example. Everything he creates is steal-enabled. For you. (for me). He wants us to be us, – our best version. And part of doing that is figuring out what we need from what he gives. That’s the whole Long Tail Kitchen Table Business model anyway, right?
This is the action to take…
Take that something of Chris’s (or Seth’s or Steven’s) and run it through your point of view and start expressing that. That’s what I’m doing with Chris’s concept of escape velocity. At first it might border on plagiarism. Who cares. I told Chris I’m doing this. I have the opportunity to converse with him every Sunday via his newsletter. (Sign up here).
The final point is this:
The more and more you practice with the words that resonate, the more it will be your own. More practice equals the closer you discover the you that you’re supposed to be (on the web). With more and more practice, you’ll narrow into yourself.
If you’re doing the work, leave a comment about your experience below.