If You Don’t Have Anything Good To Write…

Producing a product of value

Producing a product of value

…Don’t write anything at all.

Blogging is great.

Ideas are great.

Sharing those ideas is even better!

In Seth Godin’s book Poke The Box he says “Intellectual integrity goes beyond being clever-it requires that you put your ideas into the world.”

It’s your responsibility to share your valuable thoughts and ideas with the world. Otherwise, your creativity is nothing but selfish ambition.

However, in the sport of blogging, we often find people meeting quotas rather than publishing valuable material. If you want your blog or any other creative endeavor to gain traction there must be a level of integrity and honesty behind it. After all, we’re writing to give people something worth reading aren’t we?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when producing a product?

Will this teach someone?

Will this encourage someone?

Will this make someone laugh?

Will this challenge somebody?

As you create, make it a point to create something of value…to anybody. Even if it’s just a few.

Don’t give into the pressure of posting something everyday for the sake of “being consistent”. Don’t flood “The Internets” with junk. There is plenty of that to go around.

Question: What are some other questions we should ask ourselves before tossing an idea into the world?


7 Things I’ve learned In Adulthood


There is no possible way I could cover everything in seven bullet points. This is a start though.

1. It’s Cirque du Soleil, NOT Circus Olé– I know somebody’s mind was just blown. It would’ve been nice to learn that before the age of 24. You’re welcome.

2. Bills are no fun (As if I really had to say that)-  Try to have as few as possible. After living as inexpensively as possible for many years I developed a good understanding of the things I can do without. The less things you need to spend and worry about every month the better. This isn’t to say it’s bad, wrong, or ill advised to treat yourself to nice things if you can afford it. IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT (like, without hoping you can pay off the credit card bill at the end of the month).  But there is something to say for living simply. Just ask my friend Tiny Tim. Spending less money than you make allows for some margin in your finances and frees up money to be generous with when real needs of the people around you arise.

3. It’s okay to hang out with people who are very different than you- When I was in high school my default was to make friends who were like me. As it turns out, my best friends in adulthood are not very much like me at all. But they are genuine and reliable. The ones who are different actually make some of best friends. Besides, one space on earth couldn’t handle all my awesomeness. I need others to balance it out.

4. People are crazy- I would elaborate but I think the mental image of a crazy person in your life just did that for me. Cut them some slack, but keep your distance if need be.

5. Even though people are crazy they are also what matter most- Relationships are key to doing life right. We often under value the friends and family we have until that relationship is gone or estranged. Put stock in people. Go to bed a little later than usual on occasion in order to have a meaningful conversation. Watch a little less Netflix to have coffee with a friend instead. Those will be the moments that matter.

6. Guacamole is one of the ways I know for a fact God loves me- As an adolescent I was so afraid of this green, mushiness. Possibly because I once accidentally saw the contents of a baby’s diaper that could’ve been guacamole’s evil twin. At that moment I promised myself I would never try guacamole. I’m just glad I’m a crappy promise keeper. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’d be surprised at what you’re missing out on. Also, guacamole is technically made up of fruits. How weird is that? Don’t complain next time you ask me to bring a fruit salad to the dinner party.

7. Pour into someone’s life who is younger or less experienced than you- There I go with the “people” thing again. If you aren’t actively pouring knowledge, life experience, or support into someone’s life you are missing out. Knowledge can only take you so far. Putting into practice what you know and teaching it is what will grow you.  It’s an interesting thing to have someone want to be like you in some form or fashion. It’s very scary actually. There is an underlying responsibility that you are now accountable for. Believe me, in the long run the responsibility is worth it.

Question: What are some important things you have learned since becoming an adult?