• Woody

Day 98

Updated: Dec 15, 2019


7:46 AM

6:50 AM Wake-up

I had a lot of downtime yesterday. So I finished Austin Kleon's Keep Going.

I am blowing through books so fast that I'm clearly not going to be able to keep up with my book review process unless I quit my day job and find a way to make a living writing and reading. Or I'll have to change my process so that it doesn't take so long.

I kind of love my day job, so it looks like I'll have to change my process.

The thought that most provoked me while reading Keep Going was this:

"Forget the noun, do the verb"

Titles are monikers given by others. Titles are a byproduct of the work that we do.

Don't get caught up in what you want to be. The goal is not to be something, it is to do something. Teach, lead, read, explore, write, draw, develop, create, do! If you are good enough, people will call you a teacher, a leader, a reader, an explorer, an author, an artist, etc.

"To be or not to be," that is the age old question Shakespeare posed to us centuries ago via Hamlet. The answer: if you want to be, you must first do.

If you want to be something, do something.

The title is earned by the work that is done.

Your nouns are earned by the verbs that you do.

So again, "Forget the noun, do the verb."



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