I’m using my blog posts to process what I’m thinking about. That includes networking and entrepreneurship. And it also includes things I’m worried about, and things I’m learning. The blogs I read the most are the blogs written by men who candidly share their flaws and use what they write to process their experience. Their posts become public accounts of personal growth and lessons they’ve learned, including some of the uglier times. I find them incredibly engaging.
By publicly sharing we learn more, and we learn it faster. I’ve heard Manuel Zarate call this process, “entrepreneurial self-actualization.”
In an age of layoffs, recessions, protesting in the streets, financial crises, and on, I believe that we, as human beings, need public places to make meaning of the daily events that make up, and can shake up, our lives. A safe place to make this sort of meaning needs help to exist. It won’t crop up on its own.
At first glance, to write about “making meaning” may not have enough concrete behind it. “Making meaning” can mean so many things that it ends up meaning nothing.
I guess I’m talking about a process of sharing the challenges we face with our community and then listening to what we hear in the echoes that bounce back. The more honest, the better. The less perfect, the better. The scarier it feels, the better.
In no particular order, here’s a list of what I’m concerned about today.
- The Eurozone
- America’s debt, both personal and sovereign
- Making too many mistakes as a writer
- Trying to sell a new idea before it can stand on its own
- Messing things up with a girl that I love. What does love actually mean?
- Is Startup America really supporting startups?
Keep launching and allow yourself some space to make mistakes. Let the writer inside of you explore new terrain. Give him permission to write, and then give yourself permission to edit. And then share what you discover. But don’t wait until it’s perfect. By then, it’s probably too late.
I hope this helps.
Austin W. Gunter