When a TedX Failure Made Me the Right Kind of Mad

Last year, I applied to speak at TedX.

When I didn’t even make the interview round, it set me off on a new adventure that gets better every day.

You see, my father had just died, the pandemic had inspired me to get healthy again, I’d lost 50 pounds, quit drinking, and reclaimed my health. I got the lonely “thanks for applying” email, I was mad; but it was the right kind of mad.

It was the kind of mad that reminded me that if you want to get noticed, you have to do things worth noticing.

The next day I started a website called dontlikeitgetbetter.com, which became my new mantra: Don’t like it? Get better.

I joined an online writing cohort and started publishing essays every day. I mean every, single day. I wrote on vacation, I wrote when sick, I wrote on travel days. No excuses.

And the weirdest thing happened.

Daily writing made me more disciplined, more focused, and more clear about what mattered to me. Which led me to being more present, more patient, and more conscientious about how I spent my time.

Which then led to me being a better father, a better husband, a better friend, a better son and brother, and even a better colleague.

In the meantime, that increased focus made me astonishingly better at my job, leading me to get promoted to the job I’ve sought for years.  I also made legit friends from around the world, and wrote 380+ (and counting) daily essays amounting to over 120,000 words on philosophical dad stuff and sales leadership.

Daily writing transformed every part of my life that matters to me.

I think it can do the same for you.

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