How can one of the world’s most successful comedian by influence and net worth teach you about writing and staying consistent? When asked his secret to success, Jerry is quoted as saying “the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day”. He also suggested keep track of your daily writing so you never break your streak. You can read the rest of the story here.
I’ve been writing every day for the last couple of months and I’m only now starting to see the results of the effort. See, when I started writing, the goal was to build the habit of writing and improve on my skills of writing. I did not stress about who read my work even though people have told me that it’s impactful and heartfelt. The goal was to build the skill of being able to crystallise my ideas into writing and share them with the world. Daily writing has not been an easy journey. There many times when I don’t feel motivated to write but I still stare and the blank screen and type away. Why? Because I have committed myself to it and made myself publicly accountable.
Now that writing habit is ingrained, I’m not starting to experiment on tactical elements like applying classic copywriting formulas and storytelling. Having all this content accumulated over the last few months means I can now start to repurpose it for other platforms. Steve Jobs once “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”. If you want to start something meaningful, half the battle is getting started even when you have the full picture.
Funny enough, daily writing seems to be building my consistency muscle. I have managed to stick to my gym and exercise for the last months and the results have been great. I guess it’s true what they say: “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything”. One simple habit can have domino effects over other areas of life.