This is post 198

The person who inspired me to write every day is Seth Godin. Today, Seth wrote is 7,000th consecutive post. As he did in his 6,000th post, he explains why he writes every day and what it means to him. It’s worth a read.

As for me, I don’t actually write every day. I don’t write on weekends, on holidays, or while on vacation. I’ve even missed a day or two while while crossing the dateline on business travel. But otherwise, if it’s a regular work day like today, I post. This is my 198th entry for 2017.

This all started around this time last year when Farida Alkaff created the #ThinkCompliance17 Challenge. The goal was to increase the number of E&C voices on the internet. In response to Farida’s challenge, my personal goal became to write every (work)day for the first 2 weeks of 2017. I knew that writing down my thoughts forced me to think more deeply about my work, about my values, about what Tom Friedman calls The Machine, and about how all of this affects people and culture. I thought it would be a real challenge for me to do this for 10 workdays and put it out there for the world to see and react to it. Somehow I never stopped.

It has been a challenge, and a rewarding one at that. Knowing that I will have to write another post tomorrow forces me to pay attention today and to notice things. It forces me to discover my opinions and my values, and to question them. It forces me to articulate all of this as clearly as I can.

Like Seth, I would write this blog even if no one read it but I’m glad you’re here. I appreciate your readership and your feedback. You can make it easy on yourself and bookmark this page, or you can get my new posts delivered to your inbox automatically (button at the bottom right). I also share my posts on all the major social platforms (buttons at top right).

Better yet, you could start writing too. If you do, please send me a link.

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