Recapping 2012 Part 1 of ??

WritingI can’t believe how many blog posts I’ve written in 2012 – 103 of them! It would be a real shame if they all just ended up in some archive destined to be forgotten unless they show up in an occasional Google search. To prevent such a tragedy I’m going to post my favorites, most days, from now until the end of the year with updated information and links. The first was called “We’re All Alone – Together” and it was written because of two frustrations I had. The first was that I underestimated how hard it would be to sell books (I’ll never do that again) and the second was that it seemed everyone just wanted to sell me something. That’s when I realized we’re all alone – together.

 

We’re All Alone – Together

I don’t think this post is as depressing as it sounds. I’ve been swinging like a pendulum between positive and negative feelings, but I have options and can choose to go in any direction I want. The key to What Next is that all those options that were discarded or could wait to another day, are resources you can tap right now. In spite of feeling like nothing is working you must push on or you’ll be right.

Despair.com takes the concept of the motivational poster and turns it on its head calling their posters “demotivators.” This one is how I often feel when trying to promote my book. The caption says “If you find yourself struggling with loneliness, you’re not alone. And yet you are alone. So very alone.” (Click on the picture to see it bigger).

Loneliness demotivator

Asking What Next is a very personal thing but eventually you’ll have to let others in on the secret. There’s no guarantee that those people you include in your plans will be as enthusiastic about it as you are, or that they will even like the plan. Who you include in your plans is crucially important but so is who you don’t. This is true in life as well. I do my best to avoid the petty drama that too many people are caught up in (and that has a cost as well). The bottom line is that you can only rely on yourself. Any help you get along the way is a bonus. The truly successful create evangelists, true believers who will spread the word for them. But don’t expect everyone be an evangelist or to even care.

You’ll also find that the people you meet, the people you look to enlist as support, as you try to sell your book, your business, your idea, are also trying to sell you their idea, their business, their book.

You are alone as you try to make something from nothing but don’t worry you’re in good company. We’re all in this separately. 


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We’re All Alone – Together

I don’t think this post is as depressing as it sounds. I’ve been swinging like a pendulum between positive and negative feelings, but I have options and can choose to go in any direction I want. The key to What Next is that all those options that were discarded or could wait to another day, are resources you can tap right now. In spite of feeling like nothing is working you must push on or you’ll be right.

Despair.com takes the concept of the motivational poster and turns it on its head calling their posters “demotivators.” This one is how I often feel when trying to promote my book. The caption says “If you find yourself struggling with loneliness, you’re not alone. And yet you are alone. So very alone.” (Click on the picture to see it bigger).

Loneliness demotivator

Asking What Next is a very personal thing but eventually you’ll have to let others in on the secret. There’s no guarantee that those people you include in your plans will be as enthusiastic about it as you are, or that they will even like the plan. Who you include in your plans is crucially important but so is who you don’t. This is true in life as well. I do my best to avoid the petty drama that too many people are caught up in (and that has a cost as well). The bottom line is that you can only rely on yourself. Any help you get along the way is a bonus. The truly successful create evangelists, true believers who will spread the word for them. But don’t expect everyone be an evangelist or to even care.

You’ll also find that the people you meet, the people you look to enlist as support, as you try to sell your book, your business, your idea, are also trying to sell you their idea, their business, their book.

You are alone as you try to make something from nothing but don’t worry you’re in good company. We’re all in this separately. 


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