I've Declared Myself a Writer…Now What?

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January 23, 2021, 8:21 am.

That’s when I announced to the world, “I’m a writer.”

What I mean is that I created a video that I posted on LinkedIn, Snapchat, and TikTok.

And then I told the Mark Struczewski Insiders via my email newsletter.

As a matter of fact, I told anyone and everyone who will listen!

Why?

I’m serious about this, and I know…

Keeping this a secret would only set me up to fail.

What most people do

Has this ever happened to you?

You have a great idea.

Maybe it’s to become a writer like me. Or to start a podcast. Or to start a side hustle that you would like to replace your full-time job with. Or learn a new language.

Because the fear of failure can be very high, most people keep what they want to do to themselves. Between their ears.

That’s a safe place because if you fail or don’t even start, no one will know…except you.

But, when you…

Harness the power of social accountability

It’s a game-changer because now it’s out of your head and out into the world.

My challenge is to create a video post or go live, which has the highest impact on you, and tell everyone about your new goal or desire.

You could even write a blog post.

Share how you’re scared, being vulnerable, and that you don’t know what you’re doing or if you’ll succeed.

When you do this, a few things will happen:

  1. people will generally encourage you. It’s human nature to want to see others succeed.
  2. You’ll feel a tremendous weight come off your shoulders (and mind!).
Most people settle because they don’t dream big if at all and so they don’t put themselves out there.

But you’re different.

Now that I’m a writer…

I don’t know where this newly-declared journey is going to take me. But I’m excited about what lies ahead.

Oh yeah, not only have I declared that I’m a writer…but I’m writing.

I know…what a concept!

Since January 23rd, the day I declared myself a writer, I’ve written an article every day.

And as I write, I’m reading articles on Medium from prolific writers like Maryam Merchant, Maddie Rosier, Celeste Galizia, Vincent Carlos, Chris Sowers, Casey Botticello, Tim Denning, and others about how to be a successful writer. I’m soaking up all of their knowledge like a dry sponge.

One thing I’m fighting is the urge to check my stats. I made that mistake with The Mark Struczewski Podcast. It’s pointless.

While views, comments, and follows are nice…impacting someone’s life is what matters to me.

With every article I write, I pledge to be me. I’m the only Mark Struczewski in the entire world. I have zero desire to be anyone else.

I’m not writing because I think doing so will make me millions (said in the voice of Mini-Me from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 1999).

What I expect to happen as I write daily

  • To get better with every article I write.
  • Ideas will be generated for projects (courses, training) and The Mark Struczewski Podcast.
  • To have good days and bad.
  • The temptation to quit
  • To make a little money (again, probably not millions…but notice I did write “probably”)
  • I’ll become a better communicator.
  • People will respect me more than they do. This is a big thing for me. I’ve made the mistake of having the “wrong” people influencing me. But this is on me. Lack of respect = low confidence. But thanks to the people who are now in my life, more respect = more confidence = more competence.

In conclusion

When I think back to my high school and college (university) days, I laugh now because I hated writing book reports. Ugh!

And if you would have told me back in 1983 (when I graduated from high school) or during my college years at the Rochester Institute of Technology that there’d be this thing called a podcast in the 2000s, and I’d not only have a daily podcast, but that I’d be a professional speaker and an online trainer, I would have thought you were crazy.

And yet…here I am.

So, being a podcaster, speaker, and online trainer didn’t kill me. If anything, it made me stronger.

I have no reason to believe that my journey to becoming a successful writer will be any different.

I want to know

  • What have you been putting off for way long that you’ll commit to starting today?
  • Who in your life needs to go because they are an Eeyore? You need to hang around Winnie the Poohs, Tiggers, and Christopher Robins.
  • How can I help you?

I hope you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading it.

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