I really enjoy sharing my ideas, whether it’s through this blog, videos, or comments via Twitter. The feedback I get from your comments makes it even more rewarding. In most cases, I want to share positive things I have learned at Avnet.
However, sometimes I have difficultly coming up with a topic I think will be relevant to my audience, or I believe the topic may be so obvious that nobody will care. This is the dreaded writer's block, which all writers talk about overcoming before they can produce their masterpiece.
Writer's block occurs in all of us, even if writing is not part of our normal business or personal activity. It’s called procrastination. We procrastinate for various reasons. For example, we rationalize that our ideas aren’t good enough, or somebody must have already done it or said it, so why bother? The reality is we all have great ideas that other people may have thought about, but the person who acts is the one who makes a difference.
Just think if your favorite author or musician thought that way. Check out this video by Derek Sivers on YouTube to see an animated short on this topic.
There is also a great book I recommend if you want to learn more about ideas for overcoming your fear of starting any project. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield does an excellent job of explaining how he overcomes writer's block and how it can work for everybody, even if you are not a writer.
I’m sure people who know me are having a hard time believing I can’t think of something to say, at least given how badly the Cubs are playing. Nevertheless, any ideas out there I could hit on? Please send them my way. Thanks.