Start Small

Founder of the worldwide movement, To Write Love On Her Arms, Jamie Tworkowski reminisced tonight of how the whole thing started with a chance meeting, exactly ten years ago.

“Big things start small.”

How often do we look to the future, hoping to be a part of something big, not knowing how to get there?

Big things take time.

We can sit back and ask what good it would do to try something new or break into an arena where so many have come and gone before — where you think you might fail — or we can listen to ‘The Answer’:

That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

— Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1900)

Start writing your verse.

Don’t think too hard about it. You can make corrections, later.

Just start writing.


It’s More Than Just Good Marketing



I’d be willing to bet that few people realize the origins of the name of the shoe company, Nike.

“Just do it,” isn’t simply a great marketing phrase; it’s something that the ancient Greeks probably found themselves yelling out, fairly often, to their goddess of victory: Nike.

You see, Nike had this issue with being inconsistent in doling out victories to her people. She didn’t always come through. She could totally make it happen any time she wanted to — it was her job to bring home the win — but who knows if she was spiteful, lazy, or just not really an Auburn fan? (Too soon?)

Often, we have that same victory in our hands, but let it slip right through our fingers. It could be something “little,” like always being on time to school and work, or it could be something much bigger, like losing that weight you’ve been trying to lose for years, getting yourself out of a mountain of debt, or raising your kids up to be responsible adults.

We frequently have the ability to do whatever our situation requires, but we give up in enough small ways, that before we know it, Nike has swooshed away.

I think we all have that one thing that comes to mind that we’re letting get the best of us. There’s plenty more on the list, but there’s always that one thing we need victory in.

So do it. Take the lead. Win that prize.

Whether it’s making things right with a distant family member, sticking to a hard promise, quitting a bad habit, or writing a blog (ouch!):

Stick to what you set out to do. Be a man or woman of your word.


You’ve Done Better

Do you know that one thing that you’re really good at?  Everybody does, even though you might not see it.  If you haven’t found yours yet, keep looking — it’s there.

Sometimes, though, you find yourself taking way longer to do it than usual, and when it’s done, you’re not pleased at all with the outcome.  I’ve been there.  You over-criticize yourself, knowing that last time it only took you two hours instead of five, back in March you did it for $20 worth of materials instead of $40, the details were that much clearer in your last one, or you hit all the right notes when you were practicing that morning.

Stop it.

There are always peaks and valleys.  When you get good at something, you will always have done it better at some point.  And guess what?  You’ll find that there will be a time where you’ll exceed the “before.”  It will come if you’re patient and diligent.

In the meantime, show your finished product to someone else who isn’t as good at it.  Guaranteed, if they’re honest (and not a total jerk), they’ll see that talent within you and compliment you on it.  Here’s the key:

Don’t shut it down.

Do not reply with, “I’ve done better.”  Do not even think about opening with all the things you see wrong with what you’ve just done.  You’ll make it awkward for the person you’re talking to, and you’re deliberately killing not only your own self-esteem, but the likelihood that the person will ever let you know how they feel in the future.

Say, “Thank you.”

Yes, you’ve done better, but you’ll learn to do better again.