Inspirational Writing Sucks

Its not about the nail

Chris Price

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It’s Not About the Nail — Jason Headly — YouTube

Are you tired of the pieces that show you where you’re going wrong in seven bullet points? I’m sure you must have noticed how, even when such an article is impactful (and possibly brightens your day), it becomes like another button in your button drawer. Maybe that’s what writers are aiming for, for it to be potentially useful but more than likely just another button, but I doubt that. The only book or article I’ve read which I can say has impacted my life significantly is No More Mr Nice Guy (NMMNG)

I lent my copy of the book and didn’t get it back and I’m perfectly happy with that. It’s a little like a pair of jeans that might have fit me when I was 18. Even if I starved myself to get into them I wouldn’t wear them to go out. I’ve outgrown it and moved on. I found that book just as my marriage had broken down and it spoke directly into my situation as if the author could read my mind. It didn’t fix anything yet is was invaluable in making sense of the world I found myself in.

The nail

It’s Not About The Nail is one of my all time favourite YouTube videos. It helps that it features a rather attractive female but other than that it works on two levels: the first is about fixing the obvious but more importantly its a humorous presentation of how men have a tendency to want to fix stuff rather than help someone to solve their own issues.

When I think back to my education in 60s and 70s Britain I’m convinced that I could have got as much (or maybe even more) out of those years if I’d been in school for half the time. Children are sponges for knowledge and love to learn — there’s no doubt about that. So why did I have to endure such a torrid experience to give me something I was thirsty for anyway.

There is no such compulsion for me to read inspirational books or articles and I don’t remember ever feeling traumatised by reading one, yet its still my experience that I’m being required to absorb more information than I need in order to consume the…

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Chris Price

Singer, musician, writer, artist and thinker struggling to make sense of our dangerously dysfunctional society but infatuated with Morecambe Bay & it’s sunsets