Today is the first day of a personal challenge that I am taking on to begin writing (and blogging) more. My goal is to write 500 words a day, everyday, for a month. I have never really considered myself a writer, but I have always loved sharing ideas and discussing topics that I am passionate about. This will be the place that I discuss my goals, leadership, relationships, startup, faith, and a little bit of engineering.
I am very tempted to go to the beginning and start writing chronologically through my experiences, but since I don’t know where the “beginning” really should be, I’m just going to start with the current moment, the problems I am facing today, the things that are on my mind now. Then overtime, I will go back and share historical nuggets, as necessary.
Currently, I am the owner of SkEye Studios, a creative agency in Hillsboro, OR. Right now our company has 5 employees (including myself). But, it started in November of 2013 in “my mom’s attic.” In the last two and half years, I have learned more about myself then I ever could have learned in any college class, book, or conference. Recently a friend of mine, Phil Bride, told me that “running a business is the greatest self-improvement exercise you can ever undergo.” I could not agree more with this statement.
The reason that I am setting out on this 30 day challenge is three-fold:
- I want to improve my communication. I believe that leaders must be able to communicate effectively with their peers. That requires the ability to listen, process information, and then speak and/or write coherently. In doing this challenge, I am hoping that I not only improve my grammar, but that I also improve my ability to quickly form a thought from start to finish.
- Business Growth. As the CEO of a company, I’m constantly thinking about growing the business. That means growing our client base, but also attracting very talented people that believe what we believe and are committed to what we are passionate about. I think that writing online is one of the most effective ways to begin documenting my business philosophy and spreading the word on the amazing culture we are creating at SkEye Studios.
- Documentation. Lastly, I want to document the process that I am currently going through. I frequently tell my coworkers that I don’t know what I’m doing. However, I know that I will succeed, because I am not afraid of failure. I think that the ability to move quickly and, therefore, fail quickly is the best way to continue to grow as an individual and in my career. Consider this blog documentation of all the ways that I and/or my company has failed.
While I do know that eventually this blog my develop a following of readers, I am going to do my best to treat this like a journal of my unfiltered thoughts. I think that it is important to make sure that as an entrepreneur I don’t sugarcoat anything.
I am very excited to begin this challenge. At the end of this month, I will re-evaluate how this went, and decide how I want to adjust my goal for the remainder of the year. I also am going to have to actively work against my temptation to procrastinate.