Where do we go from here?

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The one thing I hate a lot about social media is how much it reminds me of the right things I’m not doing. I mean, every time I tune in on LinkedIn TV, there’s someone, somewhere, making career chess moves and I’m here like “God when?”

Sometimes, people say you’re being too hard on yourself when you are being critical. I don’t think that’s the whole story. Sometimes, you need to look yourself in the mirror and acknowledge.

The reason i feel the way i do is because i haven’t done all i could be doing.

If you take a step back, you can outline 10 things you could be doing to change and improve your life drastically. You almost never do them because it’s hard and it’s easier to feel like you are the exception that doesn’t need to put in the time.

We can tell the times that we made a difference. It’s those times we accept the fact that we need to do more, not less of what’s expected.

You can always wonder to yourself, would you pay more for something you could do for yourself at no cost, and have it done at a lesser standard?

Even if you did, I can guarantee you wouldn’t be happy with the purchase.

You want to hire the best for less but also understand that you are getting way more than you paid for. That’s what excites us as consumers; when you feel something has more value to you than what you paid for it initially.

Succeeding at anything takes time, preparation, research, passion, perseverance, faith, some luck, and a bit of connection if you will.

If I am to succeed at writing 13 posts a month, my success is tied to how well I plan for these topics. Are they going to be connected to each other? What’s the variation? What’s the hook that would cause people to read all 13?

Do I need to research topics to not speak from a standpoint of flawed knowledge but from one of more understanding?

There’s the part about the passion that’s going to be felt by the reader.

Based on their taste, I could come off as dull, drab or engaging.

I have to do the best I can to ensure the reader gets the best version of the article possible.

This means I have to seek help where it’s necessary, I have to take more time with it.

Perseverance plays a big part.

I, for instance, usually write my articles on paper before typing on the computer. Why? Because sometimes, I get distracted when I’m trying to type on the computer, especially when there’s an internet connection. The other half of it is the situation of power. Sometimes, there’s no electricity when I feel the itch to write so I use this medium because it’s faster for me to get started without having to wait for loading times or the pc to boot up. The drawback to this is that all this writing by hand is strenuous on my wrist and it hurts a bit trying to write as fast as my thoughts occur. The saddest part of it all is having to type this whole thing over.

So, perseverance because as I’m typing, I get to do rough edits and read the article more times over. There have been times I found I wasn’t making sense in the first draft I wrote and I’ve had to rewrite sections.

Do you see where I am going with this? Any of these steps can cause me to give up on the article altogether.

I could write it and publish. If I do not promote it within my network, it won’t be read. The faith part is believing that what I have to say is relevant to at least one person — luck might just mean more people than I intended reading it.

The moral of this whole thing is accepting that doing exceptional things takes an exceptional amount of effort over time. The sooner you get something done, the sooner you can move on to something else. There’s also the part of not waiting for other people to do the work you can do yourself. I’ve been guilty of this a lot. Sometimes, you have to pull a large part of your own weight by yourself — essentially, spinning your own butterfly cocoon.

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