As mentioned in earlier posts this month, 2016 was the year I realised I needed to include more of myself in my blog writing.
In this podcast (after the interview with Grace Bonney) Beth Buelow reflects on how she finds her own voice through talking to others. That means not just regurgitating other people's ideas, but also sharing why those ideas are important to her, and her further take on what they had to say.
The podcast finishes with a quote from a 'Solitude and Leadership' speech by William Deresiewicz which I found so moving I completely wrote out.
This is how it begins.
"My first thought is always someone else's. It's always what I've already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom.
"It's only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play that I arrive at an original idea."