Monthly Experiments in 4 Words

I just read a post James Buckhouse wrote on Medium called “Tell a four-word story.” It really made me think about writing.

A four-word story is harder to write than a 400-word story, but it’s much more valuable.

  • It’s easier to digest.
  • It forces you to get to the heart of what you want to communicate.

I did an interview last week about the Monthly Experiments Project. It was fun, but  I rambled a little more than I’d like to. I’m going to practice being succinct.

So here’s my four-word story about the Monthly Experiments Project:

Evolve intentionally every month.

That’s the shortest summary of what this project is about. I hope it helps you evolve your own life as much as it’s evolved mine.

Share your own four-word story in the comments.

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  1. Here’s my December 2012 version of Pass the Sour Cream:

    Priorities, perspective, perseverance, peace.

    I think this is an exercise that we should do monthly or annually at least. Thanks for sharing, John. I’m looking forward to what your 4 Worder is for Monthly Experiments is in 6 months.

  2. While I’m in “challenge” mode, now that I did my 4 words (which was HARD, BTW!), I challenge you to fill in these quick 7 Statements to Assess Your Present Self.

    Remember there are no wrong answers, they can (and will) evolve over time and … my 9-year old did it. 😉

  3. I have two – one is only a 3 word story.

    Question everything. Assume nothing.
    Do the work.


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