No, I don’t have a cold, and I haven’t been shouting (not enough to lose my voice anyways). Nope, instead I lost my voice because I had a bit of a bumpy ride there for a little bit.
I’ve always hesitated to get this personal - but in this case I think I’ll just throw it out there as to better paint the picture.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a pretty passionate guy. For whatever reason I get really jacked by helping people see how the business landscape is changing and how they can get on top of it for the benefit of their employees and customers.
Now, I’ve had a bit of a full life disruption. They say that the three most stressful things in life are divorce, moving and changing careers. Well, I did all three in one year (don’t worry all for the better :)
Even though it was all for the greater good - a year like that tends to leave you a little bit… off kilter.
Since then, I’ve had this nagging feeling that I’ve lost my “way” so-to-speak. While I still had the fire inside, I wasn’t quite sure where to put it. I had no outlet. I lost my focus and therefore my voice. During this time I had also stopped running. For whatever reason, pick one: no time, energy, other priorities.
It’s a terrible feeling. Energy needs an outlet, and passion needs a vehicle. Once the dust settled I got really intentional about the “re-boot”. I sat down and started mapping out the next chapter. However, the more I thought about it the more complicated it got and therefore the more daunting the task was. So it fizzled out leaving me frustrated again.
I'm a runner. And the reason I got into running in the first place was because it was easy. There’s no thinking. You literally put on your shoes and then go. Just. Go. It was simple.
At one point, I remembered this concept. Linking it back to my “voice” - I decided to just… go.
This is my start. This is me just “going”. I’ll keep it simple and start here with this blog. Sure, I’ll update the site, add things that need to be added. But right now… I’m just starting.
So far, I’ve decided to write about what I know: Brand, Culture, Digital and Leadership. The goal? Personally - to help me articulate my point of view. Outwardly? Maybe I can help some people relate, learn, inspire… or even articulate an opposing point of view. There’s larger goals of course. But let’s start simple.
It funny, I’ve also started running again.