Failure to Thrive: Death to Inaction and Excuses

Wise advice from an image, eh?photo credit: Tension (lock screen) via photopin (license)
Wise advice from an image, eh?
photo credit: Tension (lock screen) via photopin (license)

Most startups fail within the first two years of the company’s existence according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More people believe they will beat these odds than they actually do – some even go as far as opening a restaurant for the 23rd time in the same place only to see it fail – but are we mere statistical failures, or is there more to the lesson than numbers generated and dollars lost?

My Personal Failure to Thrive

It’s now been a month or so since I took action and relaunched the blog (again). It has gone through so many incarnations that I believed I was the real reason for my failures:

• I wrote (horrible) fiction for a while.
• I wrote horrible advice to fiction writers for a while.
• I went all esoteric and decided to go quantum on the mind.
• I went all pagan and decided to go Norse on the mind.
• I bought a URL focused on how to tie wrestling and management together (still not sure why I thought this was a good idea).
• And now I am back offering advice from a perfectionist angle.

What do all of these things have in common in the long run?

I had no clue what I was doing. I failed to thrive. [Read more…]

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Writing Goals are Great, But Community is Better

It is amazing what happens to you when you reach a goal. Whether it is at the end of the year, the end of the month, or as the sun sets, achieving something on a list – no matter which book you left it in – is amazing to behold.

If you’re reading this, it means I’ve achieved the first month of writing for the blog without melting down and calling it quits.

(emits party confetti and hats)

Now that the celebration is over (hey, I’m a high C. We don’t have emotions, we’re “perfect observers”), I can tell you I’ve learned a lot about myself. I believe I’ve touched on what I can do when and if I keep focused.

Here’s what I’ve learned about me, perhaps this will help you.

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How Failure Killed Leif

Failure, the dreaded word we all hate and many of us run away from screaming as though it were a big ol’ failure monster ready to eat us alive. There are so many courses, classes, tricks and hacks we try to use to get away from failure that we often forget failing is what actually sets us free.

This is a story about Leif G.S. Notae. Hey, wait. That’s me!

Failure? I love failure now!
Failure? I love failure now!

How Failure Killed Leif

Man, I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I first discovered I could write well enough to make people smile when I wrote books. From an early age, I was encouraged by the creative types to keep going and make some waves. [Read more…]

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