On July 14th, 2016 I decided to try something new, something that even a lot of my close friends don’t know about. I decided to create a blog. I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay with it, what I was going to write about, or even if anyone would read what I did put out. I named that blog “Releasing Genius”, you can read about the origin of that name and what I set out to accomplish here. Since July I have managed to put out 18 post on a wide range of topics ranging from Snapchat Filters to the true value of a college education. I didn’t spend much time thinking about the direction of the blog, or even trying to promote it outside of Twitter. I mainly wanted to find my voice, a lot of times when we start something we tend to sound like the people that influence us (and that’s ok).
With my Releasing Genius experience I made a few crucial mistakes. The first being that I wrote too much about the clouds, and not enough about the dirt. I threw out a lot of big picture ideas I had been learning about I wanted to share, but there was no real value in the posts. It felt great to write about how we should enjoy the careers we choose, but just stating the problem wasn’t helping anyone. I also struggled to show my personality, the posts were generic and had no distinct voice behind them. However, after 6 months of putting in the work (and failing) I think I’ve finally found a recipe for success.
Everything finally clicked when I watched a video from Gary Vaynerchuk, Document Don’t Create. He speaks on how a lot of young people spend so much time trying to create, when they need to just be documenting. At 21 years old I have no authority to tell my audience what to do. What I can do is document everything I go through on my journey, to share knowledge with those on a similar path.
During my 4 years at Virginia Tech I’ve seen my dream of working in the sports industry turn into a side hobby. What exactly happened in my 4 years at school that made me lose my passion for the industry, and how can I help others in the same situation?
My three summers consisted of working manual labor, waiting tables, and interning at an insurance organization which was a terrible fit for my personality. How in the world did those three experiences lead me to the world of inbound marketing?
Most importantly, I’ve seen how the smallest of coincidences change the entire course of our lives. By pure luck I met a friend (Jon Wehausen) in my first college class. Through this friendship I was encouraged to join an organization that has completely defined my college career. When small unplanned events lead to huge changes in our lives, how far in advance should we actually plan?
These are the type of questions I’ll be answering in the new blog. By documenting these experiences hopefully I can hopefully inspire everyone to think more about the journey that they are on. After all, the journey is what’s most important in life (which is the topic of my best blog post to this day). We spend so much time focusing on the end result and trying to follow the road paved by others. In this we fail to realize we’re all on our own journey, and mine doesn’t have to look the same as yours. This blog would be a success if I encourage even just one person to choose uncertainty over unhappiness. We all need to realize that not having everything figured out is normal, we don’t need to rush to make decisions to get them out of the way. The biggest mistake of my college career was taking an internship before exploring my options. I convinced myself that it was a good idea just so I would have the search done.
“And accept that quality long-term results require quality long-term focus. No emotion. No Drama. No beating yourself up over small bumps in the road. Learn to enjoy and appreciate the process. This is especially important because you are going to spend far more time on the actual journey that with those all too brief moments of triumph at the end.” – Christopher Sommer
In 2017 I’ll be graduating from college, accepting my first full-time job offer, and leaving friends and family behind as I move to a new city. I’ll be documenting every step of the way to share the knowledge I gain in this transition year.
So what else should you expect from the blog?
- Guest Posts: It won’t just be me speaking to you all in 2017, having others post their thoughts and ideas will give a fresh perspective to a wide variety of topics.
- Three Bullet Thursdays: Every Thursday I’ll be posting what I’m reading, watching, and listening to that week.
- Book Reviews: If there’s one thing 99% of my friends have in common it’s that they can’t stand reading. Which means a majority of them probably didn’t make it this far in my post. But by providing reviews and cheat sheets for the books I read, you’ll get all the information you need in a fraction of the time. Currently I’m halfway done with Tools of Titans, a 600 page monster by Tim Ferriss that provides actionable ideas to improve your life. I’ve written down dozens of tips I plan on implementing into my life and will write a full length review to share those tips with you all.
- Interviews: I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some real interesting and successful people in my life and I hope to interview them to see the tools they use to stay ahead of the curve.
I understand that I can’t implement this idea alone, I’ll need your help. I don’t want the biggest community, I want the best. If you think this idea is something you’ll want to be apart of, please sign up for the newsletter so you can get all the information first. If you know a friend who would benefit from the blog, please spread the love.
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