It was five years ago when I launched this blog, Leadership Insights.
At the time, I had several people encouraging me to do it, but many more were against it.
“Success is the pull against the current of mediocrity.” -Skip Prichard
Overcome Negative Voices
The list of negative sentiments kept coming at me:
- The blogging craze is over.
- It’s too hard to start now.
- Starting is easy, getting anyone to read a blog is difficult.
- Do you have the time?
- Are you going to burn out?
- Why do you want to share all of this for free?
- You want to do this without a business model?
- The technical side of it is more challenging than you know.
- How long can you keep this up?
- What’s the best way to promote a new blog?
- You just joined Twitter a month ago. Learn that before doing something bigger.
I’ve now been blogging for five years. After millions of hits, you’d think the naysayers would stop. Maybe they’ve been silenced a bit, but every now and then I hear something that reminds me that success is the pull against the current of mediocrity. Somehow my brain uses negativity and difficulty as fuel to propel me higher. Truth be told, it’s not others who may cause me to pause. It’s my own thoughts. I think negative thoughts from inside us are the worst offenders because it’s much harder to tune out the voice within.
“Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.” -Charles Glassman
Stay the Course
And, yes, I’ve often asked myself whether I should continue, whether it matters, and whether I will keep blogging. I’ve never promised that I wouldn’t quit, but instead I just plod along, writing the next post, interviewing another author, sharing a story that uplifts or a quote that inspires. Discipline wears down any obstacle in the way water seeks its own level. Often the biggest successes come after powering through the most challenging times.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi
There are many things that I’ve learned in my five years of blogging:
- How to focus on the reader
- How to write faster
- How to ignore critics
- How to write better headlines
- How to utilize a good outline
- How to write more succinctly