Ever since I released my first novel I’ve had two dreams:
To become the youngest writer to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
To also be awarded an Academy Award.
Almost ten years later, and I’m not even a world-famous or bestselling author, but I’m still here. I am still writing.
Eight years of almost daily blogging. Eight years.
And, you see, that’s the thing. You see the highlight reel, not the behind the scenes of life. You don’t stumble that often upon the blogs of those who quit after a few months.
As a matter of fact, you can’t find evidence my first blog ever existed. Why? Because I deleted it after publishing three blog posts.
You can’t buy my first book anymore. Why? Because I decided to unpublish it after realizing that it’s a bunch of crap that I shouldn’t even have written in existence, let alone try to sell through Amazon.
I am where I am, a failure or a winner, you decide, because I didn’t give up. I kept punching those damn keys. I am full of wounds but still standing on my feet.
And if you think that I have not failed enough, here are a few of my other failures:
- In 2012, I launched irevuo, an online platform dedicated to art. After fundraising thousands of dollars, I gave up after a few blog posts, and just one edition of the digital magazine.
- In 2018 I decided to revive irevuo and add affiliate links via Amazon. It took me 3 months to earn my first $10.
- I earned $1.05 after self-publishing my first short story.
- In 2018, I started a YouTube channel. Quit after a month or so. Lost about three thousand dollars that I had invested in buying a camera, a microphone, and a new laptop.
- In 2018, I also decided to launch an online store for irevuo. Lost a few thousand dollars on ads and whatnot in the subsequent months.
The list goes on and on. Failed ideas, dead Instagram accounts, articles that I had labored over for days and no one bothered to read, and one novel that has yet to receive its first review on Amazon because no one bothered to buy it.
The truth is that there’s always an incredibly long list of failures attached to even the most successful of people. It’s important to never forget this.
The reason for this is that, in order to figure out what works, you first have to try all sorts of things that are not working — the major difference between people is that some go through this process as fast as possible. You see, they are not afraid to fail, to lose, to admit that something just did not work.
Failure is inevitable. If you do not act at all, you fail by default. Failing to act is the only failure that never, ever teaches you anything.
If you can’t happily fail your way to success, are you sure you’re going to enjoy success as much as you tell yourself you’ll do?