Here’s something we need to clear up right off the bat.
Success comes through sustained effort.
(The key word in that sentence is not “effort.” It’s “sustained.”)
When I started writing online in January 2015, I could only squeeze out one miserable post a week. I felt lame. The big boys of the industry were publishing 4 or 5 times in 7 days.
But I had tried that frequency before. All those times, I burnt out.
Once you burn out, it’s over.
You will say:
“I’ll get back to this one day,” and then you never do.
“I just need a break,” but that break stretches on for weeks, months, and years.
So slowly but surely, I wrote. It felt like everyone else was racing by. What I didn’t realize was this: for every week I continued, dozens of other people quit.
For 41 posts, nothing much happened.
The 42nd post changed my life.
Consistency beats talent, good intentions, and — if I’m completely honest — it often beats quality.
When you are consistent, you often win by default.
Kyle, you’ve reminded me of another quote:
“Most people knock on the door of their dreams once, then run away before anyone has a chance to the open the door.
But if you keep knocking, persistently and endlessly, eventually the door will open.”
— Les Brown
Thanks for the reminder,