I had my hometown book signing event and, in a flurry of shitty scheduling on my part, left every single note I had at home and felt completely ungrounded all evening. The place where I’m usually most comfortable — sharing — was the one where I was the least.
(Ever feel like you’re part of a, “So, a redhead, a priest and a hedgehog walk into a bar” joke?)
It was, without a doubt, A Shattering.
I was recently given the opportunity by ChangeThis to offer a “manifesto” on a subject of my choosing. The only criteria for subject selection? That is was one that inspires change. Doing. Action.
So one day about a month ago, I woke up one morning and wrote The Shattering – How We Get From Where We Are to What and Who We Need to Be (aka A Non-Illustrated Guide to Becoming Honest) (holy shit – that’s a long title). It’s a story — a guide, rather — that I didn’t know I had in me. It was the path I’d been walking for roughly seventeen months.
My journey, and the journey I took my clients on every day, from being Glass Walkers to reveling in the pieces.
When I sat down to review the proof I’d been sent (seriously — the layout is gorgeous and entirely more than I deserve) yesterday, I cried.
Because what Shattered me is that I’d found the story behind my story — my lifelong journey towards becoming honest and every iota of bullshit that comes along with it — completely by accident.
So today, I’m kicking you off the blog. I’m sending you elsewhere. I’m inviting you to The Shattering. It’s available beginning today on ChangeThis, and all you have to do is click a little button that says “download.” You’ll have a gorgeous PDF land on your desktop.
And a disclaimer: This is free. There are no strings, affiliate commissions, or kickbacks I get from you downloading and reading the piece. If you’ve never been introduced to ChangeThis’ manifestos before, you’re missing out (and I’m not saying that because — fuck me — they invited me to write one, which I remain to be a gesture of which I am entirely unworthy but enough about that). Every month, they publish pieces from writers you know. Some you might already love. Others, you’ve never heard of. And we all write for one reason — change.
So once again, fuck off (which I say with the greatest level of affection) and go change something. And lemme know what you think about The Shattering. Turns out that it’s why I wrote that Unpopular book. Why this brand is possible. And why the naysayers have no bandwidth in my days.
PS: A ginormous load of thanks to Dylan Schleicher over at ChangeThis for inviting me to write this (gulp) manifesto and to his brother, Aaron, one of the masterminds at 800CEORead, for mentioning to him that I should. Upon you, I lavish fertile hedgehogs of joy. Joy, I say.