At location 882 (Kindle Location) of the book Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It (link opens new window) there is a quote “Take your inspiration from wherever you find it, Sunshine, no matter how ridiculous.” I’ve heard that quote a few times before but have never taken it to heart. Until now.
Seven years of inspiration found me.
My seven-year-old daughter started blogging at the beginning of the summer of 2017. She was provided a blog site and was told: “go write.” So, she did. She wrote nearly every day when given the dedicated time.
Why can’t I do that?
Why can’t I write on a daily basis?
I hear it like the tick-tock of a grandfather clock “you just make the time” or “tell someone your goal(s) and…” blah, blah, blah. I get it. But there is something more to it – at least for me.
Writing is hard.
Ever been around a brouhaha of beagles when they have a scent? That’s what it’s like in my head. Each beagle just found a trail-of-a-scent and is excited to chase after it. Not one scent but twelve different scents.
Writing is hard for me, but when your own daughter looks to you for help, you find ways to make things happen. One of my favorite authors, Steven Pressfield, calls it “slaying the dragon” (link opens new window).
Wherever you find inspiration or when inspiration finds you, take advantage of it. Use it to your advantage to do what is hard but is often the thing that needs to be done. For me, doing the thing that needs to be done is writing on a daily basis and slaying the dragon every day to walk behind my daughter to help her become who she wants to be (a.k.a leading by example).