I’ve always struggled with focus. I remember day dreaming in primary school when I should have been paying attention. Even throughout college I struggled with maintaining focus. Even at work today I struggle with keeping my mind clear of the dreams and aspirations of the future and rarely do I stay long in the present. I suppose it’s how I’m wired. But I don’t think that reason holds much weight, generally.
Dreams without action, stay dreams. The process of translating the dreams of the future into actionable items today is the difference maker between those that are extremely successful and those that reach a point of satisfaction.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with being content, I truly admire those that have the sense of being satisfied. Personally, I want to always move in a direction that is beyond where I’m at now. If I’m a good designer, I want to be great. If I’m a good developer I want to be even better.
I think the desire to get better was primarily learned through sports. Growing up I had great coaches who always challenged me to be better in the details. It was never just “good play!” It was “good play, Bryan! Next time position feet like this so that you can easily do (something else)”. There was a lot of positive critiques that allowed me to accept instruction and realize that I’m never done getting better.
There have been many iterations of this site. Originally it was just a portfolio site for my terrible work. Then it turned into a landing page that directed you to contact me by email. Lately I’ve only been doing WordPress development, so I don’t have much in the way of designs to post. About a year ago I thought I’d start blogging often, but I couldn’t honestly write more often than once a month. My struggle, is focus.
I still want to blog. It helps me sort out my thoughts but I don’t want it to be a random dumping ground when for when I’m pissed off about something. I would like to focus it and spend a little more time writing things on topics that mean a lot to me.
Once a week is a big commitment. I am committing to writing a post at least once a week for the next year. My plan is to focus on three primary topics. I spend most of my time in code, so the first area will be here. There are some things I’ve learned over the past two years that have turned me into a quality developer and I can offer some ways to make that process easier for people.
The next area I spend time in is coaching. This refers to two areas triathlons and developers. I’ve started down a path of coaching triathletes. I’m terrified of it to be honest. I’ve only coached swimmers and I honestly know very little about running and cycling. I’ll learn and post some things here that will hopefully help other triathletes and coaches. In a totally different world, I coach developers. I lead a team here at Fifty & Fifty and there a lot of things that come up that are worth writing about. If it’s just for my reference, that’s fine. But I think there are some useful things I can offer.
Lastly, is business. I like the idea of starting a business. I am in the process of starting two. One is WordPress focused and the other is triathlon focused. In no way am I an expert right now. I have some experience getting started and I’m interested in working independently of a company. I’ll write about how it’s going, what I’m learning and host of other topics.
I’ve failed at this more consistently than I’ve succeeded and that’s ok. My goal isn’t to create a popular blog, it’s to be better at communicating and processing my thoughts. Today’s post was great practice. maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to publicize my writing.