November 5

Author and artist Austin Kleon wrote “Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb.” This means that they want to be thought of as a certain kind of person – a writer, a painter, a musician, an editor – without doing the hard work necessary to actually do the work. It’s more about being a certain kind of person than doing the kind of work that person would do.

Of course, in order to actually be those things, you have to do the things those people do. If you want to be a writer, you have to write consistently. If you want to be a musician, you must make music. If you want to be a leader, well… lead. If more people focused on the verbs instead of the nouns, the world would certainly be filled with much more brilliant work. And if you did it, you would be making steady progress on your goals.

And, if you’re not yet the thing you want to be, all there is to do is to begin doing the thing that person does. Write every day. Make music. Build the business, one day at a time. 

If you want to be the noun, then focus on doing the verb.

Question:  What verb should you do more consistently to help you become the noun? 

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