The Better Man Project

Day (386) – Watson

So one day, I just decided to pick up the phone and call her. I had never met her. I had never talked to her. But I knew she was reading my blogs and she always left some pretty interesting perspective on my posts. Little did I know, that as soon as the other side would pick up, I would develop a friendship that will probably last a lifetime. Right off the bat, I voiced what was going on in my life. “I need to talk to someone about all of this book stuff because it is nuts!” Well, we have almost talked every single day for around 6 months. Quickly, ‘Watson’ became another sister figure to me…and I was able to dump absolutely everything out and not worry about the other side being judgemental. Fears, anxiety, worries, doubts…the works. There were also amazing times. Times that warmed the heart and helped me get through one of the most grueling processes I have ever had to be involved in. It was supportive. It gave me the ability to dream bigger. It put my mind at peace. Every day, I would dump my emotions, thoughts, and silliness out…and then was left in a place where I could create.

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Watson…the nickname for her, has rapidly become one of my best friends. Without her, I am not exactly sure how I would have made it to this point…writing in front of you today…just having sent away my book for final conversion. Knowing that in roughly 10 days, a dream will officially turn into a reality is overwhelming to say the least. But I am always brought right back down to earth when the voice picks up on the other side. She has heard the story behind the story…the deep dark secrets…the victories and the losses. And yet, while massive amounts of vulnerability had to be shown on my side…eventually she started to open up and share things about her own life. When you put two heads together…an amazing mind is created. Ideas, dreams, passions bloom. We truly have become an interesting team. Sherlock and Watson attacking each and every day without mercy. Going after life…keeping each other in check…and taking on the worlds current. Swimming upstream is never easy, but when you have the support of amazing people around you…you just know that you are going to make it.

Today, as I pressed send…I was overcome with emotion. Immediately, I thought about my first dog that I have written so much about…and knew exactly what to write. “But if my dog could speak to me, I know what she would tell me. Thanks for the adventure – now go out and have a new one for yourself.”

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I know she would be pretty proud of me today %inspirational quotes In having finally let go of something I have been working on for 7 months and sending the book away for its final conversion. I’d be lying to you right now if I didn’t tell you that there are tears off happiness coming down my face. This has been something so beyond incredible for me…and I can’t wait to see everyone February 9th at the party.

I want to tell you straight up…the feeling of accomplishing a dream…for the first time…is like nothing else you will ever feel. There is a wave of emotion that comes over you. I have never been up on stage winning a competition….but now when I see the champion cry…I know exactly what he is going through. You put your blood, sweat, and tears into everything…every single day…and eventually something that once seemed so far down the line is now right in front of you. You commit to that final step…and it is all over. The goal was achieved…and yet, the most exciting part is about to come. The journey after achieving the goal.

I will update everyone here with the details of the book’s release and where to find it. Also, I will be making an event soon about the big launch party we are having in Palo Alto CA on February 9th at The Old Pro bar. Everyone is invited. I hope to see you there. We are 10,000 strong. To another year and to another 10,000.

I tip my hat to Watson today. Without you, this journey would not have been possible. I would have been driven mad a long time ago…and it would have been a lot less fun. Thank you for always being there for me. You are incredible…and I cannot wait to see what you do in life %inspirational quotes

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Evan Sanders

0 Comments

  1. January 14, 2013

    A wonderful story reflecting how we all interconnect. The comments about comparing your felling of accomplishment with that of an athlete really resonated with me. I love your writing style and look forward to reading ‘Watson’

  2. January 12, 2013

    Glad you found a soulmate to journey with on your path.

  3. January 12, 2013

    Glad you found your Watson and have taken the time here to give her kudos. Congratulations on the book. I hope your editing is tight and good, as that is often the biggest determinate of writing success. As an editor and writer, I have grown so much from the editing process. While you talk a lot about this long, 7 month process…. you may come to understand that most writers take much longer to do this process. By most standards, 7 mths is actually pretty quick for writing, editing and publishing… you are young, and your advice is good, but I would urge you to slow down and take it all in a bit. Digest it. It’s easy to burn out. I hope you will check out my blog at some point. Having followed you for a while Evan, I think you have much to offer, and much to learn… from some of us older folks, who have been there and done that. ;-) Big heaping congratulations on the book! Exciting stuff for sure!

  4. January 12, 2013

    Can’t wait to read your book!
    Congratulations, I am excited for you :-)

  5. January 12, 2013

    Congrats on the book! I also love that you guys are Sherlock and Watson, whom I love and I hope that friendship remains strong.

  6. January 12, 2013

    God bless you. This was lovely. I need a Watson. I have a couple already, so I’ll have to prepare them for the onslaught.

  7. January 12, 2013

    As I was reading this post I couldn’t help but have the train of thought that I want to be someone’s “Watson.” I want to be there to pick them up when they’re struggling, walk with them through good times and hard times. I realized I am this person for some of my friends at times. I then stopped myself and started to think, who is my “Watson?” Who can I share everything with, be real with, no matter where we are in life or geographically. I realized, I don’t have a steady “Watson” in my life. And then I started to feel bad for myself. I thought, of course you don’t have a “Watson,” who would want to be your “Watson” anyways? Who will really stick around and invest their time, energy, love, in being your “Watson?”
    I can’t think like that! I know better, I know I deserve better! I am worthy of having a “Watson.” And right now, if I don’t have someone whom I feel 100% real with, I need to start with myself. I need to be my own “Watson.” Pick myself up and keep lifting my own spirits because if I don’t see value or worth in myself, who will? Surely no other “Watson.”

  8. January 12, 2013

    What a great post! Brought tears to my eyes when I saw your pup (she reminds me of my Bella) & read everything after it. This is the first post of yours that I’ve read, as I am a new subscriber (thanks for subbing to mine btw) but plan to read all the others. The title of your blog is what caught my attention..very intriguing. Glad you connected with what sounds like an amazing friend, thru blogging. How rare. And congrats on your success, you’re right, little compares to the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. Best wishes on your journey!

  9. January 12, 2013

    I can’t wait to read your book. I have been a little out of touch with your project lately but reading this post reminded me why I followed in the first place. I am glad you have your Watson. I hope to have one soon. I believe I am on the verge of the beginning of changing my dream into reality. And I know that while the journey is the long, often the hardest part is to start. I will take your words to heart, especially these.

    “I want to tell you straight up…the feeling of accomplishing a dream…for the first time…is like nothing else you will ever feel.”

  10. January 12, 2013

    I loved this post. AMAZING! I am fortunate as well to have a “Watson”, someone I trust dearly and am able to share my innermost thoughts with.

    Again, well done. Love reading your posts.

  11. January 11, 2013

    being or having a “WATSON” is indeed a blessing, both ways.. :) making people happy and being happy…all at once..

    good for you Evan.. :)

    * I have mine too..but invincibly both ways..but we just know it :D

  12. January 11, 2013

    How cool, communication with your dog. I am so surprised because my post today was about communication with my dog. http://wp.me/p2h4iA-qh

    Congrats on your book. Can’t wait to read it. And congrats on having a great friend like Watson too!

  13. January 11, 2013

    Congratulations!

  14. Jaz
    January 11, 2013

    Congrats Evan! :)

  15. January 11, 2013

    I just love this post. Everyone should have a “Watson”. I am fortunate enough to have one in my own life; there is truly no better feeling than to be able to trust someone with everything that you are without fear of judgement.

    I applaud your tenacity in your book project. I have no doubt that it will be as enjoyable to read as your posts are.

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