Losing Before Beginning

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win. –Carl Lewis

Feel like you are going to lose even before you begin? It doesn’t matter whether it is in business, sports, or any venture you undertake. If you think you can’t win, chances are you won’t. But you can choose to:

  • Figure out what it takes to win.
  • Exhaust every option available to you.
  • Learn as you go.
  • Practice, practice, practice (builds confidence).

America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, put it brilliantly, “I haven’t failed. I have found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” If you are doing things the conventional way, the established norm of everybody else in the field, you may have to change it up. Break away from the pack and set a new trend. If it fails, try another way. Keep experimenting until you find a working model.

To win right this moment may not be possible. But if you are patient, you can victorious. All you have to do is understand the game. Know your competition. Don’t quit.

We are all capable of doing more than we think we are can, but a self-defeating attitude and a lack of preparation is a recipe for failure. Prepare, practice, and persist. Do this and you can win.

If at first you don’t succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong. –Leo Rosten

Perfecting My Art

I create a post. I feel really strong about the message and the quality of the content. Later, I check the stats. No likes, little traffic, minimal interest. I thought my stuff was good. So why didn’t anybody care to read it?

It is hard not to take it personal. When I first started I was afraid my best writing would go unread. I was afraid that by the time I developed an audience my ideas would run out. But that isn’t the case. The more I create, the greater potential I have to create more. The more I write, the better I become at writing. My craft gets refined. I learn to use words better. I learn to make a more impactful point with less words. I learn. I grow. I share. The stats don’t matter. I will keep doing what I am passionate about. The words will be there whether or not they are read. Who knows? Maybe there will come a day, when somebody finds it. Maybe it will make them smile. Maybe it will cause them to think. That’s the reason why I started writing.

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Maybe nobody is buying what you are selling or listening to your song. Maybe not yet. If you keep perfecting your art, adapting and becoming stronger, you will find your success. If what you have is adding value to the lives of others, they will come.