Being Yourself

I’ve seen some new faces around here and some of you may wonder what this blog is about.

After reading Mark Dykeman’s latest post, I printed How to Be Creative by Hugh McLeod of and read it for the umpteenth time. If you haven’t, I suggest you read it too, it’s fantastic.

Six of McLeod’s points seem to have a common theme:

11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.

18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.

19. Sing in your own voice.

22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

26. Write from the heart.

27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.

I think he’s saying the same thing I said in a recent tweet

Be yourself dammit!

In his article, Hugh McLeod reminded me of the one thing that gnaws at me about blogging… it’s the thing I struggle with… maybe some of you do too…

I’m not a personal development blogger, a productivity blogger, or a spirituality blogger.
I’m just a guy blogging about what I learn. I try to express myself in a way that’s useful to you, but I write about what I’m thinking about (and I’m kinda ADD). Some of it may be wildly inconsistent. My goal isn’t to be consistent. I’m not into dogma.

My goals are:

  • To learn
  • To meet interesting people and engage them in interesting conversation

That doesn’t mean I don’t write about productivity and self-help. I do – sometimes. But if you’re looking for a blog that sticks to the positivity niche, there are other blogs I recommend, and are among the most respected blogs on the internet.

I value personal freedom, and I want to share my journey with you. But that journey isn’t always going to be smooth and inspiring, sometimes it might be strange and disagreeable. I have no desire to be hip and I couldn’t be if I wanted to.

This blog is about anything I learn, value, or am interested in that could be of value to you.

You are going to find things here you disagree with, and I will not try to offend, so I hope you stick around for the conversation, because I love intelligent people who disagree. That’s what makes good conversation. Disagreement strengthens the mind.

Echo chambers are a bore. I will try to ensure you don’t find one here.

10 thoughts on “Being Yourself”

  1. Yep, I still remember my inner voice speaking to me the summer before I went off to Stanford University on a scholarship. It said, “They’ll never civilize me!” I was surprised at the sentiment, but that little voice sure was right.

  2. Outstanding. I sometimes fear any one of might change our characters when faced with enough insult and cynicism. Glad to hear the reinforcement to be yourself!



  3. I totally agree and it’s great to see someone wanting to be themselves and not follow along what everyone else is saying and doing. I’ve been reading a decorating book by Jill Butler called Create the Space You Deserve, and she talks about making your home a true reflection of yourself. I think her message applies to blogging as well and that your blog should be a true reflection of who you are and not what others think you should be.

  4. I’m one of the new faces you’ve seen around here, and I’m pleased to have found you. I look forward to reading more in the future.

    I particularly like the advice “Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.”

  5. I also like this one: staying away from the watercooler gang.

    You have to stop gossiping about what other people are doing in their lives, and instead focusing on what you can do with your own life.

  6. Hi Steve, diversity is what makes life fascinating. Part of the fun of the blogosphere is that there are so many views and ideas. If we were only to look at those who thought exactly the same as us, we would close ourselves off to amazing people who can teach us so much.

    Like you, I’m on a great learning curve. It’s what keeps our brains alive and vibrant!

  7. Yes, being yourself is important. If you write like other people write, than you have nothing special to be offered to your readers. They can find the similar post in any blog. But if we writing in our own style and prespective, reader will back to your blog because they couldn’t find anywhere what they want to read in your blog.

  8. Steve,

    You may not be a personal development blogger, but you’ve taught me more about personal growth and “being myself, dammit!” than many of those out there who say they are.

    Thank you.

    And btw… I’m digging the new design!

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