The trick is to learn to minimize my mistakes and upgrade my ways of doing things. The online world is the greatest example of these things. It has taken me a very long time to just be mediocre at what I do. I could wear that as a badge of failure if I haven’t been around long enough to know that there are a hell of a lot of people out there that have never even risen to the level of mediocre. I try, I fail, I learn, I move on, I try again, I may fail but then again I may not. A lot of the times when I fail, I do so in a way that I am more able to succeed the next go around. Don’t believe me, well here’s some examples, with the fixes.
I had a wildly popular blog in a very narrow area, I moved it to a broader audience, I succeeded. I moved it to an even broader audience, I failed. I started over again in a very narrow area, I succeeded, I moved it back to a broader audience, I failed. I quit, I came back, I failed. I started all over again, with very bad results, I persevered, I continued on and I am in that broader audience that I had failed so many times before, but I am high mediocre. I can work with that.
I split up my huge blog into a dozen smaller blogs, and I managed to succeed that much more. I started branching into other areas of online media, videos, graphics, design and I wouldn’t call it a success but it is definitely a beach head to work with. I am now high mediocre with expandability. I separated my YouTube channels hoping to have the same success that I had when I separated my blogs. Technically I failed but I don’t care. I started making animated GIFs that were so huge that they crashed everyone’s browsers if more than two were on the screen at the same time. I learned how to make them much smaller. Success!
I happen to be very fortunate that I really like me. I mean I really like me a lot, and I didn’t a few short years ago. I don’t take myself all that seriously and I started calling all of my online ventures “a hobby” as opposed to hope for a living that didn’t involve a time clock. In those regards I don’t fail anymore. I am very fortunate that I have managed to build my own life in a way that I can bang away on a keyboard, write 6 (yes SIX) novels at the same time, share parts of them when I feel like it, get accolades for them sometimes, write about other things if I like, make some videos, some graphics and just be happy that I am me. Nobody can take that away from me. Success!