Dreaming Out Loud
Since attending the World Domination Summit 2014 last month (recap here), I’ve come to realize that being a dreamer, or an idealist, is not enough in the world if there is no action, no intentional effort to turn the things you want in life into a reality. One of my favorite speakers and stories from the
summit came from Jadah Sellner, an amazing entrepreneur and community leader who built a huge brand and community around healthy, green smoothies. I’ll share her amazing story later from WDS 2014 (when they publish her talk) but there were two main takeaways that I think about often:
1. “Dream Out Loud” – Talk to people about what your dreams and passions are. When you do, you actually learn if it’s possible or not. You take action to make it happen. You find others with similar interests. Things start to happen.
2. “Take Imperfect Action” – I like the way she phrased this. It literally means to start and don’t worry about having it all together. Our biggest hinderance in life is usually the fear that prevents us from doing anything. You can’t accomplish anything that you don’t start.
That being said, I thought I would dream out loud for today and share with you something I’ve been thinking about doing for a couple of years now: I want to write a book.
I want to write a book for high schoolers, college students, and young adults about…life (and for anyone else who would read it).
Basically, I just want to share life lessons that I’ve learned from the 31 years of experience of life that I’ve had. I’m worried about our up-and-coming generations. I feel called to debunk myths about the so called “game of life” that many feel so compelled to follow and yet feel horribly inadequate when they don’t live up to made-up societal standards of what many believe someone’s life should be like.
I want to write a book in the hopes that someone will read it and think, “Wow, I’m not a failure, a mistake, or unworthy,” because I’ve felt all of those things. I want someone to read it and know they have the potential to do amazing things with the life they’ve been given. I’m writing this book as if I was going back in time to tell the Jedd that was stupid, naive, and lost that you’ll learn some cool things that will help you, give you focus, and help you to become happy with who you are and give you the confidence to be the person you want to be.
I’ve been thinking about writing this book for a couple of years now and always come up with this question, “Why me?” and I’ve always been able to answer it with “why not?” I’m not in any record books. I haven’t won a gold medal, nor achieved any national or international fame. I don’t have even a slightly significant following on Instagram or Twitter.
But that’s why I feel compelled to share some life lessons I’ve learned because I’m wonderfully average. I feel that I can relate to a lot of people who question their identity, self-worth, and big life decisions. I’m finally in a place in my life where I’m happy with who I am, comfortable in my own skin, and it only took 31 years to figure some of that stuff out (it’s a work in progress).
So What’s Next?
First off, I’m putting myself and this idea out into the world. There’s a good chance that I’m not meant to write a book, but I can’t decide that until I try. So…the first thing I’m going to do is to try a blog series called, “Life Lessons of a 30 Year Old Nothing.” I’m going to post some life lessons I’ve learned in my life once a week.
I Need Your Help.
Every time I post, would you tell me what you think? Give me honest feedback. Share the post (if you like it) with others, especially the target community of youth and young adults I am writing for (or whomever you think it would help). Help me figure out if this is what I’m meant to do. I’m “dreaming out loud” and “taking imperfect action.” Thanks for journeying with me and here’s to whatever happen’s next.
9 thoughts on “Dreaming Out Loud – I am Writing a Book”
I love this idea! But, you are certainly not a thirty year old nothing…. I’m super jealous of all of your adventures as accomplishments.
I would read any book you put out there and will gladly share your posts with others, until then. Ok well I’m only reading your book if I get a signed copy……….just sayin! 🙂
Done and done. Thanks Hill!
Great idea! Share your wisdom. First constructive criticism… find a better word than “nothing”.
Thanks Chrissy! The word nothing was very intentional but I also think your right that it might not best, representative word of what I’m trying to say. I know personally that I am not a nothing. However, I used that word because in conventional society, when it comes to being someone that is deemed successful, I am nothing special. Which is the point of why I want to write a book. I believe that I have something to offer. I believe I have self-worth. The might be too confusing and I’ll need to rethink it altogether. Either way, I appreciate your honest feedback and hope you continue to share more on this journey.
Your blog is the only one I read every time it comes out, so I say rock on and I am excited to read your advice. You just have to get it done while I am still in my 20s so I can heed your advice before it is TOOOOO LATE! 😉
I agree with the above comments: 1. Great idea! 2. Find a better title than ‘Nothing’ =)
Which chapter are you working on now?