On Quitting

It took over 100 ‘No’s before someone told me Yes.

It took over 500 blog posts before I changed my thought process.

It took me over 700 days to end a relationship.

Some might say I am a slow learner.

Perhaps.

Id argue differently. Im not notoriously a slow thinker yet I strive to be like one.

There are benefits to thinking slow:

– Creating a well designed plan.

– Calculating risk.

– Physically writing down the advantages and disadvantages regarding a situation.

– Sleeping on an email before sending it.

It took Tim Ferriss 28 publisher rejections prior to being told Yes to the NYT best seller The 4 Hour Workweek. And thats after he did the work of writing it.

Shackleton’s men endured over 500 days escaping an icy death. That was after they decided to take the voyage.

It took Derek Sivers a decade of experience before he could write Anything You Want.

A team of people failed countless times before creating a working light bulb.

Sinek will ask you to Start With Why.

Seth will ask, Whats it for?

And Carse will point out playing for the long game is about playing to play, not playing to win.

Deciding to end or start something both have one commonality. You must decide. And then go do that thing.

Thanks for reading,

Cory

A New Transition in 2021

Life is full of different seasons. Some seasons are so dry it feels like fire. Sometimes it rains so hard if floods. And yet other times it is so bright and sunny that you need new sunglasses.

It is now Springtime in Colorado and this blog marks a fresh start in life for me: Writing. The grass isn’t any greener when you write (as opposed to not writing), but it sure does bring personal joy, clarity and a new found sense of self.

Writing is something I have talked and talked about for years.

And then I recently re-discovered something:

In order to write, you actually have to sit down and do it!

The advanced writer, with years of practice, may laugh at this statement but also may remember the daily struggle, lack of motivation or inability to hone in one on thing and simply do what needs to be done, and this is, writing.

Perhaps the war of art and creativity really never truly goes away. Five of my favorite authors have much more to say on this.

So, I admit I am a novice writer.

But here I am, writing anyway. Drop by drop, one letter at a time, I hope these life thoughts and words strung together like cheerios on a string provide a new perspective to you and yours, as they have done so for me.

Thanks for reading.