Motivation Where I Didn’t Expect It…

How’s it going? The weekend’s almost here.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

For those of you who don’t know, in addition to writing and editing, I also do online gaming (I mean video games, not gambling).

In one of the games that I play online (which I talk about in How One of My Favorite Online Games Taught Me to Be a Better Marketer), your character can examine other characters.

That means you can see their stats (if they don’t have privacy mode enabled), if they’re in a clan, what type of armor and weapons they have, and what-have-ya.

You can also write a personal message for everyone to read. I’ve seen people who have nothing there, or their Discord gamer chat address, and more. But the message I want to talk about is from someone who wrote this:

It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

This was a hard lesson for me to learn, and I’m still learning it. In order to succeed, yes, you can learn from others’ mistakes. And yes, you can have them help you.

But you’ll only really learn to fail and succeed ultimately if you actually DO things.

It’s only been harder for me because I somehow developed this huge loathing of making mistakes. I don’t know if you’re like that–maybe you are. I’m not sure.

That’s why I wrote The Roadblock That Held Me Back Longer Than Anything Else.

The craft of writing and marketing is hard because nobody sees the months and months or years of hard work with nothing to show for it, or mediocre results.

Or all the silence in front of a keyboard when you’re wondering if you should give up.

The big plus on this is that as we practice more and more (and get good direction/mentoring), flopping happens less and less.

It also depends on where you want to go with writing. Some people keep it as a hobby while they do other things. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Others get into it as a career, or only certain parts of it (like fiction, or journalism, copywriting, press releases, and more).

Well, that’s it for now.

Tomorrow is Triple F. Be sure to stop by.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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