I have written an essay every day for 73 straight days and these are 3 things I was not expecting to learn.

10 months ago   •   2 min read

By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
Photo by Nick Morrison / Unsplash
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In 2018 I took a sabbatical from clinical medicine to pursue a different path.

Since then I’ve done a lot of things. I started a digital marketing agency for doctors, a podcast production company, and doubled down on my coaching and consulting. All of these are still going and profitable. But for the longest time, I’ve felt stuck.

I’ve hired coaches and, while they all helped, I kept feeling stuck.

Until I began writing

73 days ago, I committed to write and publish 1 atomic essay per day.

What I took up as a challenge to build the habit of writing online, has turned into the best therapy I didn’t know I needed. It has unleashed my creativity and it has helped me see things I didn’t see before.

I can’t believe the solution to getting “un-stuck” was literally sitting in front of me all this time.

You Make Sense of Your Ideas

All day, every day, we have thoughts and ideas through our minds.

One of the benefits of writing every day has been exploring these ideas at a deeper level. There is something about writing thoughts down. Maybe it has to do with being deliberate about the words you choose, or how you’d describe it to someone reading it.

When you write daily, your ideas become crisper and more refined.

You Connect Ideas

Making sense of your ideas is cool.

But being able to connect seemingly unrelated ideas, is super cool. That’s where the magic happens. But it only happens if you’ve been writing about your ideas. Writing is like taking out all the pieces of a puzzle before you begin to put it together.

When you write daily, you see patterns and new, unexpected ideas emerge.

You Attract Like-Minded People

Writing in the digital age is done in public.

And when you share your ideas in public, people around you will either agree with your ideas or not. Both of these are good news. Those who agree with your ideas will become your people. They’ll share their ideas with you and you’ll both have better ideas as a result of it.

And those who disagree with you? They’ll keep ignoring you. And you should do the same.

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