I’m sure that many of you have these seasonal mood swings that force you into introspection or shades of melancholy. Just when the end of the heat swarms and thunderstorms have badgered you down with tepid exhaustion, you want to bounce back in some way.
Since writers are typically driven by moods, whether they want to admit it or not, the feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and fruitlessness in creativity seem to take over. It’s just about this time that a friend calls you with a conversation tailor-made to perk up your spirits and save the day.
I’ll let Andrew Lock, business marketing and a pioneer in web TV, a guru, who I’ve been following for many years:
Let’s be realistic. Life doesn’t always go how we want it to, right? Does that mean that your life is doomed and you won’t achieve the success you dream of? Of course not. Everybody fails. Let me show you some pretty powerful examples to illustrate this point…
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim in California, on the grounds that it would only attract “riff-raff”.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has had some dismal failures in the world of musical theater, yet no one remembers them.
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made more than 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school.
Charles Schultz, creator of Peanuts, had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff.
After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the memo from the testing director of MGM, dated 1933, read, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” He kept that memo over the fire place in his Beverly Hills home.
Decca Records turned down a recording contract with a band called The Beatles
with the fascinating evaluation, “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out.”
A friend of mine in the music industry personally auditioned a singer by the name of Reg Dwight in the 1960’s. He unceremoniously shoved the singer out of his office for wasting his time. That singer is now better known as Elton John.
Imagine if any of these individuals HAD given up, believing they were doomed to failure, and that they would never achieve success.
Do you think they felt down or even depressed at times? Of course. But I can guarantee you that they didn’t allow a gloomy state to overtake them, to overpower their desire to succeed. And in every case they did succeed, in a HUGE way, far greater than their wildest dreams.
Bad experiences can be viewed as positive in hindsight. They can be viewed as stepping-stones rather than stumbling blocks. It’s your choice, but be determined to never ever give up.
Thanx, Andrew. He can be found at www.HelpMyBusiness.com and he’s developed a video personality all his own with his unassuming, soft, English accent.
I can find myself staring at a huge pile of projects that need to be worked on and feel the overwhelming mood to run away. We all know that when you come back, the pile is still there. So, it takes some regrouping and a system to de-clutter and weed through the pile to find the priority projects. Your work is important.
3 Simple Steps to Manage Your Work Load
I give my priority projects an hour or two and move on to the rest. I try to break up the work in segments of 25-40 minutes at a time so I can enjoy mental breaks, then I give myself little rewards for accomplishing them. These are the easy steps to working alone in your home office. Whether you’re a freelancer, a entrepreneur, artist, author, or marketing guru, these steps are how the rest of the day can be managed when you work alone.
Is doesn’t help to allow your mood to take control because sometimes the moods become your all day attitude. That’s not productive for anyone, even highly skilled workaholics. We all have days that seem out of whack. So even a quick text, phone call, quick walk, or email can rejuvenate your spirits. And, it helps to have a network of friends or peers who can do just that.