Someone on Twitter called me the “creativity guy.” The shout out was nice, but it left me a little worried. I don’t want to make it seem as if I’m the only guy who gets to talk about this subject.

David Perell suggests it’s good for writers to build what he calls a “personal monopoly.” I like this idea. And I’d be a hypocrite if I were to say that I’m not trying to build one myself. It makes writing online more exciting, more involved. Having a personal monopoly means writing about what’s happening to you. After all, it’s in you that your experiences live.

But I imagine the people who don’t write about subject X because they think they’re not “the” guy or gal of the subject. This is the trap of thinking you need permission to talk about the things that excite you. I’ve been in this trap before, and I know the way out.


Remember, nobody gets to write about your experiences but you.

They do it their way. You do it yours.

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