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How to find inspiration in a sea of nothing

It was 8:21 pm and I had 39 minutes left before I had to ship this essay. The pressure was on, but I was stuck. I had no idea what I wanted to talk about. I had already scanned through my previous tweets and referenced my “future blog posts” note, but came up blank. “Well shit, now what?”

There was only one thing left to do. Start typing.

I started typing whatever came to mind. “Hi there. What are we going to talk about today? Budgeting? Continue down…“ After five lines of uninterrupted typing, I finally landed on a topic. “How to find inspiration in a sea of nothing.”

The mind is a funny thing. You can sit there for 25 minutes racking your brain, but until you start doing the work, you’ll get nowhere.

I first came across this method listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast. During the episode, he mentioned that one of his morning routines was completing an exercise called “Morning Pages.”

Morning Pages is the practice of sitting down with a pen, 3 sheets of paper, and just writing whatever comes to mind. The key is to write continuously until you fill the 3 sheets. No stopping to think or clarify your thoughts. Just writing whatever pops up. 

Halfway through the exercise, I typically found my mind stepping out of its way and allowing me to work through whatever was plaguing my thoughts at the time. I have since adapted that method for this ship 30 for 30 journey and it’s worked like charm.   

When stuck, just type. You’ll eventually land on something to talk about.

Published March 8, 2021

About the author

Hi, I’m Joe Webber. I write a daily blog to remind myself of where I want to go and the steps needed to get there.

In 2017, after failing out of college and 10 years of aimlessly floating along, I woke up and realized there was more to life than just going through the motions.

Since then, I’ve been on a relentless pursuit to ditch average and live a life worth talking about.

I write about my wins and losses so others can avoid my mistakes. I hope you’ll follow along:

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