Melancholy On The March To Progress

Cody Dakota Wooten, C.B.C.
4 min readFeb 23, 2024

Thoughts From The Long Path

All Work that you do will take a toll on you, no matter what work you decide to do.

Whether it is work you Love or Hate, Enjoy or Despise, find Inspiring or drains your Soul — All work will take some sort of toll.

It is simply part of Energy (Mg-ATP) cycles we all have.

Highs and Lows.

It also ties into which Thoughts you give Energy and Attention to.

No matter how Positive your Mindset, how Meaningful your Work, and how Talented you are, at some point you will get struck with Melancholy.

The first thing you need to understand is that it is alright, there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s simply a part of being Human.

All Emotions have Purpose.

All Emotions have something they are trying to tell us.

This includes Melancholy.

Today I experienced that Melancholy.

On one of the platforms I publish to, I noticed something.

Some of the promising writers who were doing well simply fell off their streaks.

Poof, the Progress they had is gone.

I see it frequently — only a handful make it to the point where Writing starts to become a Habit.

Even then, I have yet to see another writer on that platform hit at least a Year straight other than me.

Now, it’s not the only platform, and I know that there are other Writers who consistently publish daily — but it is harder to see on most Platforms.

How many Writers start on a Path, only to abandon it?

How many People start on a Path, only to abandon it?

I Fear that it is far too many, and the Melancholy makes that Fear strike harder.

Writing over 400 days straight now, I wonder how people stay on the Path for so long.

I think of the song Non-Stop from the musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda in reference to Alexander Hamilton.

“How do you write like you’re running out of time?

Write day and night like you’re



Cody Dakota Wooten, C.B.C.

Founder of the Leadership Guide, helping Entrepreneurs, C-Suite Executives and Business Owners unlock their Heroic Potential, and Evolve into Legendary Leaders