Okay, I'm no smarty pants and it's also quite possible that Albert Einstein never even said this quote. But "they" say he did, and the quote I am referring to is this famous one:
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”
Lost? Let me explain. You see, for the last couple years I have been doing the same thing every weekday, expecting different results. I have been blogging consistently (with a sick day here and there) from Monday - Friday for two years. Including holidays. Yes, I've blogged on Christmas. For a long time it felt like I was just talking to myself. But I kept going, every day and then months and months later things started happening. I'd get some "likes", a comment or two, which gradually (and I mean very very gradually) built up to an order or two. Then my viewership started increasing. My custom orders started increasing. I took a chance and asked a paint company whose products I LOVE if I could write for them. They told me there weren't any open spots available at the time but to check back later. Instead, I wrote to them roughly once a week for months. I showed them the blog posts I was writing about projects I was working on that included the use of their products. I'd end the email with a "let me know if there's anything else I can be doing to be considered!" Roughly 6-8 months goes by of me doing this. Sooooo many blog posts. Then I suppose they realized I wasn't going anywhere, and I had a bit of an audition with my writing. It went well. I started getting paid in paints. Then I started getting paid in money and paints (your basic definition of heaven right there). Now, blogging is one of my biggest sources of revenue, all because I'm apparently "insane".
You guys. Don't let anyone tell you that you're crazy or stupid for chasing after something that you want, and try not to get discouraged when you don't see results right away. If you consistently work hard and let the world know what it is that you want, I believe that's a good 85% of the recipe for success. The rest is luck, and having a Ben that is wonderful and a really cute puppy.
In the meantime, here's a different famous quote I'd prefer to live by:
"Action is the foundational key to success" - Pablo Picasso
Thanks for reading, friends. It's been a great two years :) Here's to many more!
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