The world is a blank page. What will you write?

Today’s inspiration: author, professor, and filmmaker MK Asante.


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I recently saw MK Asante speak at Wordstock, a writing festival here in Portland, OR. He was reading from his memoir Buck, which tells the tale of a Philly kid gone wild only to get back on track when he picks up a pen to write.

He’s got a ferocious energy and spitfire charm that’s irresistible, and lots of great things to say about making things happen the way you want them to. Take this excerpt from Buck:

The entrepreneur sees the world as the writer sees the blank page—as a chance. The game changes, but the hustle stays the same.

When you look at your blank page, what do you see?

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Comments (5)

  1. Theresa writes:
    October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My page is a blank, white sheet filled with possibilities…I am trying to reinvent, restart, my career after caring for one of my parents these last four years, who has recently passed. The world has moved past what I used to be able to due in terms of work, and now I am trying to catch up at 50 years of age.

  2. Kelly writes:
    October 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm


    I am sorry for your loss, but it must have been nice to be there for him the past four years. My page was blank about a year ago until starting my own health and wellness business from home. I have found new purpose helping others get their lives back. Let me know if I can help.


  3. Yeop Azman writes:
    October 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

    My page was blank when I realized that I could not pursue my medical career. It took me 3 years of being unemployed (still struggling to find a job as a doctor, to realize what direction I want my life to go into ( Now the words are starting to spew out and I am surrounded by great friends who help revise and edit my life so that I am able to be a doctor, help the community and educate societies that life isn’t a struggle when you have the entire community of friends and strangers helping you along the way! :)

  4. Celeste Hamilton Dennis writes:
    October 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    So inspiring. All of you. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Carla writes:
    October 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I would like to start a business and work from home. If you don’t mind talking to me about how you got started, feel free to comment back. Thanks!

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