It’s been a while since I’ve written anything worth posting. You likely wouldn’t have guessed this, but one of my goals for 2011 is to write 50 posts by the end of the year (off to a great start huh!). In fact, one of my bigger goals down the road depends on heavily on developing this discipline of creating original content.
So if it’s so important to my future success why am I so off pace? What am I waiting on to get my butt in gear?
Don’t worry, I’ve got a great reason for being so behind. No one could blame me for postponing my goal until this other thing is over. It’s totally legit. Frankly, I just haven’t had enough time lately. That’s it.
This weekend I was reminded of a key characteristic that separates those that succeed from those that never quite do. It’s not intellect or connections or ideas or even luck. The only thing that separates those who succeed from those who never get over the hump is action. I was reminded of the power of taking action from an unlikely source – a VH1 documentary.
I never would’ve thought to list Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl as a great example of how to succeed before their recently released documentary. Sure, Grohl is a great musician by anyone’s standards, but the way the Foo Fighters band was created is truly remarkable.
All forty-four minutes of the Foo Fighters first album – guitars, drums, and vocals were written and recorded by Dave Grohl himself. Here’s a guy coming out of a tragic ending of Nirvana (his previous band) and taking control of his future. Dave Grohl didn’t have a band to record the Foo Fighters first album. He didn’t have a studio, a producer, an assistant, or anything else you might think it takes to produce a record. All he had was an idea and the passion to execute it.
What I took most from the Foo Fighters story is what it’s possible to create. Dave Grohl didn’t need a band to produce a record just like I don’t need more hours in the week to create 50 posts this year. Whatever it is I have to work with I will make it work.