written by john c ashworth
Recently, the idea of self-discipline and self-management has surfaced in my daily reading and notes.
I read a ton down here in the the ash flash workshop. I have a multitude of notebooks jammed into bookshelves and into the corners of almost every room. All of them with some really great stuff; and I’m finally finding a way to focus my daily efforts so that I can share all of it with you.
You should see this place. It’s fantastic. A dream cave where I hide-away and pursue my passions, and especially my writing.
I still remember a conversation I had more than twenty five years ago with one of my favorite graduate school professors and mentors. We were discussing all the time I was spending in the library at San Jose State University researching and writing papers on topics related to exercise physiology. I absolutely loved that time.
In describing this pursuit of knowledge and the satisfaction gained from it with my mentor, Dr Greg Payne, he said something to me that I’ll never forget.
“Well, John…It’s a good sign you’re in the right place.”
Back then, daily trips to the library were necessary to gather all of the information I needed for the work at hand. Today, much of that can be done right here in heart of the ash flash workshop. In fact, today the process can be a lot more overwhelming and distracted at times, because from right here, I can travel anywhere and do almost anything.
More recently, I’ve been able to find more focus and discipline in the pursuit of sharing this knowledge and expertise I’ve accumulated over the years on a variety of different subjects; and also some new ones that I’ve begun to explore.
The trick is to find your thing, pursue it with passion, and then find your owned unique way of sharing it with people. Whatever that might be. For me, it’s here on the ash flash and in all my writing.
…but if I can establish a habit of writing every day. That’s it. One simple goal. One simple mission. That’s all I need.
One simple path that will lead me where I want to go.
Writing every day will take me there.
In his book on writing, Stephen King said that, “writing can bring you freedom.”
I think he might be right.
PS I hope you’re enjoying the ash flash. That you are learning from it as much as I am and that you find ideas and inspiration that help you improve your life and your business along the way.