I know, sometimes I have really controversial ideas, but hear me out on this one.
I am probably the biggest failure I know. Between living through extreme poverty, homelessness, divorce, abuse, broken family relationships, career failure, dropping out of school and more…I could probably write a book on how to fail (by the way, that was all before the age of 25. *takes a bow*)
I’m writing this post because I hear this phrase a lot when it comes to new endevours.
What if it doesn’t work? What if I fail at this dream of Writing I’ve had for so long?
To that I say, freaking awesome, you should fail. In fact, fail as fast as you can because failure is a gift. It is the one thing in life that will teach you something books, speeches, mentors and your parents can’t.
And that lesson is…Drum roll please….
What you can fix to become successful.
Failure is such a negative word, but it should really be celebrated. In fact, the next time something goes totally tits up, you should crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate, because you’ve just discovered what doesn’t work for you. You’ve discovered something you can study and fix to MAKE it work for you.
JK Rowlings very famous quote is right on the money…
Failure and Writing
In fact, I bet you have at least 100 failures sitting in your manuscript right now. Yup, I’m an editor, you can tell me how perfect it is, but trust me I’lllll find ’em.
Maybe your dialogue sucks, or your plot, or your title. Perhaps you have a lot of typos.
Maybe your beta reader just pointed it out to you, ouch.
What ever it is, awesome, you now know what you suck at. Knowing what you suck at is just as important at knowing what you’re good at. How are you supposed to grow as a human being if you’re awesome at everything? Silly button.
And for real, do you really think the world expects perfection? I mean just take a look at Twilight (I have nothing against the book, it’s just a perfect case of imperfection done right.)
What if My Book Doesn’t Sell or My Blog Flops?
Welp, now you know what you did wrong. Guess what? You know… what NOT to do.
Tried marketing all on one platform only to discover it had a low click through rate? Tried to sell your book without an ounce of marketing and just hoped people would find it?
What about selling your book did you do wrong?
How can you ever discover that if you never try?
Next time, don’t do that, do something else. And when that fails? Something else…you get my point. If you do it enough times something will stick, and if that doesn’t stick, something else will come along. Life changes, people change, what’s the point in avoiding living it? So you fail, so what? A little ego bruise isn’t worth living under a rock.
Thomas Edison invented 10,000 ways NOT to invent the lightbulb before he did. How many times will your books flop before they sell?
What If Someone is Mean to Me? & Leaves a Negative Review/Comment?
Awesome! BEST NEWS EVER. They just told you a whole host of things that your fans couldn’t. Maybe they’re not your target audience, maybe you are weak in that area. What ever it is, now you know.
It may sting at first, and you will get stuck on it no matter how mature you think you are, but that’s because your brain is trying to get you to look deeper. Analyze it, find out what is really going on. Work on it.
Sometimes what’s really going on is just a troll. Other times it has value that no positivity could ever give you.
And hey, if people have something negative to say, you’ve still evoked a reaction, some people never revoke any action because they never put their work out there.
What if I Leave My Job & Go Broke?
Well, try not to do that haha.
Buuuut in case you need a little insight….Been there, done that. Taught me a whooole host of things about my self, and how resourceful I am. (And what an awesome person I am despite it all (*cough*)) Would do it 10 times over, because it taught me I would have HATED that career if it had succeeded anyway.
Write down the worst case scenario here. Who could you turn to? Where would you go? How likely is this to ACTUALLY happen?
Life tip: Being broke will teach you how to survive a zombie apocalypse. You’ll become so resourceful you’ll learn how to live off the chaos around you.
Disclaimer:: Always have a financial plan or fail-safe in place before quitting your job to become the next big thing. Then go for it.
The point is this. Failure will NOT kill you…it will highlight your weaknesses so you can be even more awesome!
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Tell me in the comments below what you’re afraid of?