Well, its hard to believe that it has been one year since I started my blog. You can read my first post here. If you want the Coles Notes version here it is;

  • Started the blog on a suggestion
  • Started the blog because I wanted to get into the habit of writing and putting myself out there for others to see, read, and respond.

As an ENTJ (Myers-Briggs) I am always thinking about and evaluating what I do. Often this becomes an exercise in personal flagellation, much to the nods of disapproval from my wife – but striving forward I must.

It just hurts sometimes. Ok…most times. Yet, there is much to be thankful for;

Writing has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.

Writing has challenged me to read more widely and engage with material I would not have necessarily given time for in the past.

Writing consistently has taught me the value of showing up even when I don’t feel like it or I don’t feel that what I have to say is particularly interesting, challenging, or thought-provoking.

Writing for the blog has given me the opportunity to highlight the Trades and make connections with other people.

But one of the most significant things that I am thankful for, through the discipline of doing this blog, is the weekly ritual of getting down into what Brene Brown has labelled as ‘The Arena’.

Getting muddy, dirty, struggling, wrestling, sometimes in a hand-to-hand combat situation (mostly with myself) and then rising to stand while the audience judges the performance has been both painful and exhilarating.

This is something that unless you have put yourself into this space, you won’t understand or appreciate.

It’s always easier and safer to judge someone from the comfort of your seat while you eat your food and drink your drink. All the while watching someone create something only to then, in turn, give it up for inspection.

One of my favourite journeypersons once said to me (after someone else brutally criticised my work);

“it’s always easier picking apart someone else’s work. The trick is never letting go of your reasons for why you did it that way.”

Brilliant.

So, did I achieve what I set out to do? Maybe. I also know that there are some metrics that just can’t be quantified well enough to translate the deeper stories and meanings for why we do things the way we do them.

But to all of you out there doing your thing and daily getting down into the arena to develop your skills and craft – keep doing it.

Remember, it’s always easier to criticize from the comfort of the stadium seat and until those who criticize from the bleachers actually get down into the dirt with you they really don’t have anything constructive to offer.

That’s why I like the term and try to end all my posts with…

vis facare
(we get stronger by doing).

servant leadershipThere will be another chapter review out soon – Chapter 8 – Servant Leaders

Please be sure to pass this website along to others. My hope is that as we can together build a community where the skills we need to succeed from the mechanical room to the boardroom can be honed and crafted and become legacy.