Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post on writing. It may be a while before I write another one, but I wanted to share this thought.
A long time ago when I started writing online I heard folks say it wasn’t worth it. The thought of spending untold hours writing online for mere pennies was a waste of time. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them.
While the nay sayers were spewing forth their nays, I decided to stay below the fray and write. I experimented with various online writing sites and played around with my own sites. I dabbled in various subject areas to see which were most satisfying and which were most lucrative.
As I was dabbling, experimenting and writing, the nay sayers were arguing. They were adamant about making a point of how one thing or the other was a waste of time. Honestly, I found the age-old argument to be a waste of time.
Where Am I Now and What Have I Learned?
My interest in online writing has waned, but I’m glad I spent those years writing. My income is a fraction of what it was but an extra $1,000 a month in residual income isn’t bad when you consider I’m no longer actively writing.
The best lesson I learned over those years is to get active. Some of us have a tendency to learn, learn, learn and learn some more but never implement any of what we learned for fear of not doing it right. I think one of the worst things our education system and our society has done is to tell kids they have “failed.”
Not wanting to be slapped with the failure label, we tend not to do anything unless we can do it perfectly. I don’t know about you, but there is precious little that I’ve done perfectly the first time around. Well, I take that back, I did do a perfect belly flop in an attempt to learn how to dive into a pool. I’ve since improved on my diving technique.
Failure is My Friend
Because of my online writing journey I’m no longer afraid of failure. Failure means that I’ve taken an action and learned another way not to accomplish my goal. Doing so narrows the path to success just a little. Failure is a catalyst. It’s the spark that ignites a change in direction or thought process. It is not a destination.
Now that I’ve moved onto another journey, I take with me the lessons I learned as a freelance writer. I’m thankful for my online writing experiences and I’m especially thankful for what it taught me about myself. I can do anything that I set my mind to do, regardless of what the nay sayers say. And the best part of that last sentence is that it applies to you too.
Don’t focus on the obstacles; focus on your dream. The obstacles are just little character building bumps. They provide just what you need. If you don’t know enough, the bumps will teach you and make you better. If you think you know it all, the bumps will humble you and make you better. Bottom line, bumps in the road are there to help you become a better you.
I’ll end this post with a few of my favorite quotes on failure. Hope it encourages you to embrace your mistakes and learn from them.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
- Truman Capote -
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill -
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
- Salvador Dalí -
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
- Henry Ford -