1: Getting better at getting better is what RiseWithDrew is all about.
Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something about myself or what we are working on at PCI.
Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of writing my first RiseWithDrew blog post. I’ve written every weekday since then without missing a single day.
One of the questions I often get about RiseWithDrew is, why do I write it?
The answer is different from what you might expect…
My first audience for RiseWithDrew is me. Don’t get me wrong. I certainly appreciate it when someone tells me they enjoy reading RiseWithDrew each morning. Actually, I love hearing that! And it’s certainly satisfying when one of you shares with me something you found valuable. Absolutely!
That said, I write RiseWithDrew first and foremost for myself.
2: Here’s why. For many years, I’ve enjoyed listening to books. I love listening to books in my car and while doing my daily run. I’m a walking, talking advertisement for Audible! This practice allows me to listen to up to 50 books a year.
This idea of listening to books while we are driving around town is what Zig Ziglar calls “automobile university.” We take this “in-between” time (as in the time stuck in traffic) and turn it into some of the best, most productive times of the day!
The only problem with listening to books? It’s hard to take notes! I used to alternate between listening to the book and dictating a voice memo. Let me tell you, that didn’t work.
3: Separately, for several years, writing a blog was on my list of potential goals to consider.
But writing a blog just seemed intimidating. And what would I write about? Somehow, other goals always took precedence.
Then, as I was working on my goals for 2020, the two ideas of capturing key learnings from the books I was listening to and writing a blog merged together. I asked myself: What if I blogged about the key lessons from some of my favorite books?
So, that’s how RiseWithDrew came to be.
Next Friday, I’ll answer the other question I get. Which is: How do you have the discipline to write every day?
More next week!
Reflection: What is a meaningful goal I’ve been putting off?
Action: Journal about what’s in the way. What if I started today?