It’s safe to say my writing career, my success at my “real job,” or even these words you’re reading right now would not exist if I hadn’t been told the words I’m about to tell you:
It’s not the hearts.
It’s not the “likes.”
It’s not the spikes in stats on WordPress.
It’s not the hollow pats on the back.
It’s not the fame.
It’s not the ability to say “I’m a writer” (although that’s nice).
It’s not the windfall of cash (this is a joke).
It’s not the thrill of a new idea.
It’s not the ego trip.
It’s not the convenient excuse to drink lots of coffee.
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It’s the idea that your words, your thought, your insights, could change someone’s life.
Don’t write to get attention.
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Machines are kind of taking over the world.
Like, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but most of the things that were done by people just a few years ago are now being done by robots. You don’t need to ask for directions anymore. You can process millions of lines of data in a few seconds. Soon, we’ll have ovens that detect our food and cook it perfectly.
I mean, we don’t need to call in Schwarzenegger yet, but it’s getting close.
News flash: this isn’t going away. Anything that can be done automatically, will be.
That being said, human still have the ability to do something computers can’t:
Nobody gets a free pass at success.
Money? Of course.
Fame? You betcha.
Good looks? I’m living proof.
But never success.
Why do I bring this up?
Please take a moment, right now, and think about the miracle that is your life.
The fact that you are alive – right now, at this moment, and you just happen to be reading this – is completely impossible.
Yet here you are.
You get today, and then tomorrow, and then another day until you run out of days.
Why then, do we wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow? Why do we spend time dwelling on the past while, in the meantime, September 24th is breezing by, even at this moment? Why do we waste minutes thinking about how we could have done other minutes differently?
Here’s something people don’t ask me now, but when I’m king of the Internet they will:
“Todd! I have writer’s block. How do I get out of it?”
And this will be my answer:
If I were to speak to Selena Gomez today, I would ask this:
“Why are you trying so hard to look good for me? I mean, we don’t even know each other. And how can one person be a 14-carat diamond? Isn’t it hard to walk?”
If I were to speak to you today, I would ask this: