Can you do it all? I’ve been thinking about this more and more recently as I’ve felt as though I’ve been hanging on by a thread while traveling the past few weeks. Writing a successful blog requires you to be much more than a “blogger.” What is a blogger anyway? In my experience, you carry a laundry list of titles. I’m a businessman, a creative director, an author, an editor, a location scout, a stylist, a social media manager, an accountant. Having to manage all of these things, it’s no wonder I feel stretched a little thin sometimes. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about adding some additional support to the team!
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Those close to me know that I have an “all in” personality when it comes to my interests, hobbies, and projects. Growing up, my father always said, if you’re not going to do something to the absolute best of your ability, why do it at all? So as the blog has continued to expand, and along with it, the scope of what it takes to keep it running, I’ve sometimes thought about that saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” But luckily – and thankfully – I’ve still been able to focus on the most important stuff: being creative, telling stories, answering questions, and providing content that is both practical and inspiring.
The idea of going all in and doing well at more than one thing at the same time was front and center in my mind as I thought about styling the second look for my collaboration with Canali and DETAILS. For more than 80 years, Canali focused on doing two things extremely well: men’s suiting and formalwear. It wasn’t until the 2000s, led by the family’s third generation, that the brand began to expand into more casual and sportswear categories, including the introduction of the now-iconic unstructured Kei blazer.
For me, the lesson there is that it’s possible to expand and broaden your scope and still do an outstanding job in the process. That’s something I’m going to file away in my mind as the blog continues to grow and we begin telling bigger stories and offering even higher quality content.
Thanks for reading.
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