If you spend too much time looking for your next big break, you’ll be stealing your opportunity to do your best work.
Seth Godin’s Blog on marketing, tribes and respect.
Thank you Seth.
As a writer I consider my work as that of a stenographer. I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. I’m not referring to electronic gadgetry but a spiral notebook; it’s always in my shirt pocket or the hip pocket of my britches when clad in jeans and tee. That is in fact how I became a writer; the egg came first.
An idea arrived in my you brain once, an idea that I believed was a good one. I was probably in my fifth or sixth year and at my request for a sled my father suggested we make one from scraps of lumber; and so we did.
Building the sled was my father’s idea and when the homemade contrivance failed to perform like the factory made version the ideas started coming and by late afternoon I was standing at the bottom of Glen Ellen Hill, still erect after having slid down that slippery slope on homemade skis of my own design, wondering why nobody noticed.
By that time the man who had inspired me listened as I told him how I had gotten a great idea, how I had lost it and eventually remembered it and how I had gone from wooden runners on our sled with wooden runners to one with metal and from there, to skis that slid slowly but without ever once falling down.
And Lovey (that’s what we called my father) suggested that I begin writing things down, As he talked to me about opportunity he searched through his desk drawer, eventually producing a sheet of paper, size 8×11, folded it down to fit in my shirt pocket and handed it to me with a pencil and told me that I would now be ready when opportunity presented itself no matter what I was doing or where I was while doing it.
Ideas come from everywhere. As individual thinkers we stink at creating new ideas; however…
If we are prepared the ideas will come; it matters not the source. The Break may or may not make us financially successful but will always help us to grow not only as individuals but as members of a growing community.