I wrote a newsletter a few weeks ago from Nashville, TN, host of my angsty teen years. We were there to attend a seminar David Baker was hosting on Advanced Positioning and Lead Generation, which ended up triggering a different kind of angst.
When I was in the eighth grade, one of my teachers (who was also a self-proclaimed prophet) told me that the lesson I would need to learn in my life was “Do not strive.” This is a wild and confusing thing to say to a 12 year old, which is probably why I’ve never been able to forget it.
I’ve always valued the privilege to deeply focus on whatever I’m working on, but I’ve strived to do this while still having multiple big projects and priorities going at the same time. It isn’t that I enjoy that juggling act, but I’ve never seen another choice.