It really bites to fail at something, doesn’t it! After all of the hours we’ve toiled at achieving a goal only to watch it come rocketing down in a fiery blaze of fuming horror with blood spewing everwhere…..well that’s a bit too dramatic.
This week I failed at achieving my goal with the Kickstarter Project. If you don’t know what Kickstarter is it’s a vehicle used to raise funds for a creative project. In my case, it was publishing Jupiter Chronicles. Don’t get me wrong, this book will see the light of day but it will have to be on a tighter penny. As far as the failure to reach my goal, let me be totally transparent here and say that it was depressing.
All I thought of was chocolate and hamburgers and I didn’t get either. I did get ribs though. They were really good.
Seriously, I am being a little dramatic but I did learn a few things:
Don’t take it personal.
Trust me, it’s not worth it. All it brings is a lower immune system and allergies flaring up. That’s never a good thing. After all, this is just a thing. Things can be fixed and replaced. Time with family cannot be made up. Refocus on the things that are lasting. You are not your failures.
Take an inventory of what you could have done differently.
I should have planned ahead and had the campaign mapped out. Some of the interviews I requested and eventually received didn’t happen until the campaign was already in progress. Sometimes a story takes time to gain traction. Map out your project before you let the cows out of the gate!
Don’t dwell on it!
Again, it’s not worth it. Focus on the things that really matter like family and friends. After reality sank in that I wasn’t going to make my goal I went downstairs and chased my daughter around the living room. Felt mighty good.
Here’s a list of folks who have failed at something and went on to succeed:
Theodore Seuss Geisel – rejected 27 times by publishers.
Stephen King – received 30 rejections for Carrie.
Jack London – received 600 rejections. How’s that for tenacity!
Steven Spielberg – was rejected by US C School of Film and dropped out at a subsequent school. He returned in 2002 to finally get is B.A.
J.K. Rowling – before Harry Potter, she was penniless, divorced and depressed. She was also on welfare.
The list goes on.
Learn to redirect, re-plan and re-ignite your efforts down a different path while attempting to reach the same destination. You don’t have to get there the same way. Go back and take a look at how to get to the same place by taking a different road.
You’re going to suffer a few bumps and bruises along the way. Stay strong.
Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy books for all ages. For more info, please visit http://leonardoverse.com and sign up for the blog.