The title of the book really says it all – success does start with failure. How could it be otherwise? It’s persistence in spite of failure that leads to successful freelance writing.
None of us were born walking – first we learned to pull ourselves up and were willing to fall over and over again until we could stand on our own. Then we learned to take tentative steps hanging on to something. Finally we stepped out, and probably fell on our face. We may have cried, but we got up and did it again and again until we could walk across the room unaided.
None of us were born knowing how to write either. First we had to learn to talk, then to read as we learned to shakily form block letters. Sentences were a mystery until, one day they weren’t. We got there by practicing reading and writing.
Nor were we born knowing how to run a freelance writing business. Fortunately it’s a learnable skill.
Maybe the notion that we should avoid failure comes from school. After all, most of us were threatened with an F or a failing grade. As freelance writers, however, we’ve got to find a way to let go of the fear of failure so we can get on with the writing.
Each step of the way we are likely to fail the first time we try it. In fact we may fail multiple times. If we let that failure stop us, then we’re stopped. Allowing ourselves to be stopped is real failure.
Being willing to fail our way to success as it were, finding away to accept seeming failure so we can go on is built into us as human beings. It’s how we learned to walk, and it’s also how we can learn to be successful freelance writers.
How can you let go of your fear of failure so you can get closer to success?
Write well and often,