I came to a scary realization the other day while I was writing. I was outlining a book, and was ready to start writing, when I realized I didn’t actually believe the premise of the book I was about to write. I could have written all 30,000 words, published, and not meant a single word of the thing.
On a smaller scale, I can do this every day on Twitter. I could write a pithy quote that sounds amazing, but may be complete bull crap. I see it all the time on Twitter. People write something and I stop to think, “What?! That’s not true.”
Just because someone has a platform… Or just because someone can succinctly and cleverly say something… Doesn’t mean what they’re telling you is true.
It’s far too easy to slop together a cool thought, hit publish, and see it shared all around the Internet. Happens all the time.
That isn’t to say we need to call people out on their bull. If you spent your whole day correcting the Internet, you’d get nothing done. You’d be one of the top YouTube commenters or a top tweeter, but you wouldn’t really be adding value to the world. You’d be adding no more value than those tweeters who didn’t think through what they wrote.
But don’t be so quick to swallow everything you read. Question everything…not in a jerky way…but because it’s important to guard our minds from what people are telling us. It eventually gets into our hearts.
Also, be aware of what you’re posting. Make sure you believe what you’re tweeting. Don’t be bashful in speaking, but also be sure you mean what you’re saying.
And remember: Creativity is one part inspiration, one part perspiration, and two parts ketchup.