I am an expert at a few things. I am an expert at grant writing…I could and still can write a kick ass grant proposal. I am also an expert at making hummus. Before I became an expert at these items I had plenty of failures! The second and third time I probably made fewer mistakes and over time and with practice I became an expert. Now I can make delicious hummus and write a stupendous grant in my sleep.
If I had stopped at the first grant rejection where would I be? I would not be a great grant writer, that’s for sure. if I had stopped at that first awful batch of hummus where would I be? Not eating tasty home made hummus!
Point is, time passes anyway. So why not pursue items of interest and see where that takes you. Don’t be so quick to give up. Get rid of those thoughts in your brainwashed mind that success happens overnight or that failure is a blight on your character or capabilities.
Nothing can or will replace you just getting out there and trying. When you fail, get up and try it again, a different way. If you find what you are doing really isn’t your cup of tea, then revamp it. Don’t be afraid to change your mind and who cares what others think?
From failure comes the discovery of what we are really passionate about. From failure comes a stronger desire to succeed. From failure comes success.
Not get out there and fail at a few things!
Why do I say that? Because ever since I quit my “real” job in February of 2012, I have launched and failed at more than one endeavor. And now almost two years later I am finally hitting my stride. It’s not a fast stride, but it’s a stride that’s taking me somewhere now.
Funny thing happened along the way, though. At first I was sorta concerned, well I was really concerned at what others might think about me and my lack of settling into something and now I don’t give a crap.
Ah, life, my life, too many minutes, hours and days spent on caring what others thought. Call it age, call it being fed up, call it whatever, I no longer care.
When I truly stopped worrying about what others thought my ideas could soar. They were free from the dead-weight of not being good enough. I stopped comparing myself to others, in all their fame, greatness and fortune. My ideas began to solidify into solid plans.
I have no idea really how I got here. Here, being on my way. I am not famous or wealthy. So the only advice I can give you is just do it. And don’t worry, you will fail and probably miserably! But that’s okay. Failures are the path for success. (Yes I just made that up. Profound I know!)