Growing up, you were told there were a lot of things you couldn’t do.
If you were a woman, you couldn’t become president. If you were a man, you couldn’t cry. If you were an artist, you couldn’t expect to make any money. That’s just how it is, you were told. There are rules you have to follow.
Maybe you did follow the rules. Maybe you tried your best to be what everyone wanted you to be.
That’s what I did. I tried my hardest to make people like me, to be what everyone wanted me to be. I never said no to anyone, ever. Doing so meant not being a “good guy.” …
Years ago, I started a podcast about my love for craft beer. I called it Moore About Beer.
I had no fucking idea how to make a podcast.
But there I was, a naive little amateur, who just wanted to talk about beer.
I recorded my first episode on a lunch break from work. I was working from home that day. At 12:00pm, I clocked out of my computer, ran into my sweltering bedroom, closed the windows to minimize noise (making the room even hotter), and recorded my first episode. My shirt was drenched in less than 15 minutes.
But I finished the episode. Then I logged back into work. …
“A professional is someone who can still do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.” -Alistair Cook
As the old saying goes, “game respects game.”
The pros know their own people when they see them.
That was always the goal for my writing: to be recognized by other world-class writers and accepted into their club, to be recognized as one of their own.
I’ve been able to do this (to some degree), and it feels like things are finally clicking after years of trying. …