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#22: The Art of Becoming
Begin, Begin Again.
Instagram (the $1 billion acquisition by Meta) wasn’t always Instagram. First it was Burbn, created primarily to help people make plans with their friends, check into different locations, and post photos of gatherings. But then the founder realized something. People weren’t using the app to check-in, they were using the app's photo-sharing features, and that’s how Instagram was born.
A false start. A pivot. An evolution.
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When I decided I was going to start this newsletter earlier this year, it was merely an act of courage. Borne out of the constant tugging at my heart to create.
Again, I thought.
I had done this before -
struggling and writing on Wordpress for 6 years with no real growth. Also opened Substack since Sep 2021 but didn’t post anything.
Still, I decided to try writing again.
The first few months felt draggy, managing to garner 2-digit subscribers over a 5 month period.
11 months in and I’ve hit and surpassed my subscriber goal for the year, thanks to you!1
Why am I sharing this?
To remind you to stop thinking so hard.
The art of becoming is in beginning. Begin with a small, simple step and know you are making progress.
It could be anything - writing a book, blogging, baking, starting a business/idea/product. Just Do It. Be consistent. Focus on creating for quality not just for vanity metrics, content or speed (it’s why I write every 2 weeks instead of weekly). Become better by doing. Focus on the process not the outcome. Evolve on your own terms.
In the end, becoming becomes not just about you, but about the impact you create. It’s about an inward and outward evolution.
The art of becoming begins with the first step. Begin, Begin Again.
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