Friday, June 15, 2012

I Don’t Think of Myself as a Writer

I said these words to a couple of friend of mine who are writers. Richard Tubb and Karl Palachuk. You can follow the links to their blogs. Richard looked at me and said, “But you are, and you need to feel that way”. I know what he is saying, I write, people read my stuff, I’m a writer. So how does my attitude affect my writing? Does it make me less serious or professional about it?

Karl, Richard and Steve.
I don't know what we were laughing about!
I need to do some thinking on this, but I think that I view my writing as just something I do, I don’t work on it. I don’t practice my craft. So I might be limiting how good I can get.

Well Richards comments made me think about all of the people who read my blog and wonder what things they are that they don’t think they are? What things aren’t they getting better at?

Many of my readers are in the IT Service industry, an industry that is dominated by technical people. In order to grow their business they have to sell stuff. Themselves, services, software and hardware. But do they think they are salespeople? No, anything but, and I’m sure this effects their sales.

  • You are what you eat.
  • It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.

We have all heard these types of comments, most likely from our Mom, and she wasn’t wrong. We may be more than the sum of what we do, but we are at least that. I recommend you make a list of all the things you do in your business. Now next to each one, write down what you do to learn more about, or get better at that function. Do you have some gaps? Me too.

So now, where ever you have a gap, let’s fill it in. Sales training, a tax or accounting course, technical training, whatever you need, because if you do it, you should understand you are it, and should do it well…


  1. Steve - it was my pleasure to spend time with you at Autotask Community Live! For somebody who doesn't consider themselves a writer, you sure do a consistently good job of pretending to be one. :-) Keep up the great work with the writing/blogging.

    1. Thanks Richard, it was great to meet you too. There are so many people in our community that I have known for years and yet never met face to face. I am glad that you have moved from that group to the "actually met group".

  2. I have similar thoughts about writing and whether or not I'm a writer. I too have an IT background. I think if you're a writer, you write, regardless of if you get paid for it.