Please excuse my tardiness. This homework assignment was provided by Joshua Millburn, my friend who runs The Minimalists.
I think everyone has, at one point, wanted to create work they were really proud of.
Some have tried in the past. But the way it usually works is that you start writing a book, recording an album, sculpting that piece of work, planning that special creation. Planning, planning. More planning. One day you’ll release it into the world. You’ll be remembered for it. At least, that’s how the story goes while you’re telling it to yourself.
Or, maybe there never was a great plan. Maybe you didn’t start anything. You knew you wanted to do something big, but never knew quite what it was. You kept looking, but somewhere along the way, you took a wrong turn, which felt like a right turn at the time. Maybe life got in the way, so you never resumed the quest. You never found that thing. Hell, maybe you never really started.
There’s a third type of person, too. They’ve done things before, maybe really big things. But they want bigger and better. They want more, for them and for their people. That’s cool, this is for you too.
Today’s homework assignment is simple. Write out the vision for what your great work was going to be.
What did it look like, sound like, smell like? How did it make you feel? Then, and maybe most important, why did you deviate away from it? Why did you stop? Did you settle? Did life get in the way? What actually happened? Do you even care anymore?
The way I do this is by writing out in 750 word freewriting sessions. You can do the same.
Get out a piece of paper, or write it in a text file. Don’t stop until you hit 750 words.
Good luck with your assignment. Report back in the comments when you are done.
P.S.: You can also check out Josh’s most recent book, Days After the Crash.