The old saying goes, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” That’s ridiculous. Of course it makes a sound. Just because something isn’t observed doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Even more, just because something isn’t observed doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an impact.
But what about writing a blog? Taking a photo? Telling a story? Starting your business? If I’m writing this blog and no one reads it, does it matter? Does it have an impact? Like a tree falling in the forest, of course there’s an impact whether or not it’s observed. It’s just that the impact may be on no one else but me. And maybe I’m the very one who needs the impact.
Why do you write? Do you write to be heard or because you have something to say? If it’s the first, you’re digging for what appeals to an audience. If it’s the latter, you’re digging within to see what matters.
Steven Pressfield in The War of Art says, “The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows the rewards to come or not come.”
Am I so worried about being heard that I never have anything to say?
What if clicking “publish” is more for me than anyone else? It’s about me speaking up, having something to say, having an opinion and being willing to face the silence of a non-response.
What if it changes me? Not to see myself as a failure for a lack of audience, but to diligently work, publish, iterate and improve for my own good.
If a tree falls in a forest the laws of nature insist it makes a sound. If you show your work, it matters. You have an impact. That impact may be the very impact on yourself that you need to grow into the person you want to become whether or not you ever hear the applause of the crowd. So, do the work and let the audience fall where they may.