When I decided to reboot GBXM again, I went through over 700 published articles and turned them back into drafts. Within a week, the hundred or so bots and randoms hitting the site on a daily basis dropped to a couple dozen. Whatever. I don’t care.
But then I got to thinking about it. Good or bad. Poop or polish, GBXM is a body of work. Its value comes from its imperfections. It’s worth, a function of tenacity, persistence, and effort.
Doesn’t matter if there are weak interviews in there with people who obviously didn’t give a shit. For every one of those, there are 10 others that mattered to people who truly felt honored.
There’s a poster on the wall at LeadMD that says, “The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch.” Translation: Stop holding out for perfection and just do it.
Start that blog. Apply for that job. Ask that person out. Do it.
Find the courage to take that first step.
Deal with the consequences.
Take the next one.
And never, ever, be ashamed of your body of work—however raw or unpolished it may be. That work makes you who you are. Go back through as you can and clean it up—but only if it makes sense to do so.
I’m going to do it. I’m going to straight trash dozens of things I’ve published over the years.
But I’m mowing the lawn—not replanting it.