Last week, I fin­ished read­ing Simon Sinek’s Start With Why. It was a fas­ci­nat­ing read, and it made me reflect on what I do and why I do it.

It’s effect was sim­i­lar to the effect that Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! had on me and the desire it instilled in me to find my pas­sion.

I don’t know that writ­ing, edit­ing, and man­ag­ing social media are my pas­sions, but they are a big part of who I am. Any­one has known known me for a sig­nif­i­cant peri­od can prob­a­bly attest to my pedan­ti­cal­ness; I’ve been cor­rect­ing oth­ers’ gram­mar — much to their exas­per­a­tion — for decades. After all, I’ve been writ­ing and edit­ing for near­ly 30 years.

Obvi­ous­ly, I haven’t been involved in social media as long, but many peo­ple equate me with social media, espe­cial­ly in Leth­bridge. I reg­u­lar­ly have peo­ple poke fun at how fre­quent­ly I appear to be on Face­book, and for sev­er­al years now, peo­ple have come to me for social media advice.

So it made sense that when I was laid off 4 years ago and had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to rebrand myself that I would do so by focus­ing on writ­ing, edit­ing, and social media.

As I read Simon’s book, I found myself ques­tion­ing my motives for try­ing to run a home busi­ness. Why am I doing it? For the mon­ey? Because I don’t want to work for some­one else any­more? For the flex­i­bil­i­ty?

But are those rea­sons why I want to work for myself? None of them seem mean­ing­ful. I don’t even find them moti­vat­ing.

I’ve spent the last sev­er­al weeks pon­der­ing this idea of hav­ing a why: why I do what I do, why oth­ers would want to work with me, why oth­ers would want me to do work for them. It’s been quite the process actu­al­ly, but I think I have been able to pare it down to one sim­ple sen­tence:

I want to change the world one word at a time.

That’s it, I think. I believe this is what moti­vat­ed me for so many years to cor­rect oth­ers’ gram­mars. I dreamed of a utopia where every­one spoke and wrote per­fect­ly. :)

I don’t think this is tru­ly who I am yet, but it feels like it’s a good vision, and if I remind myself of this every day, I am con­fi­dent that per­haps I tru­ly can make a dif­fer­ence.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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