I got my name in lights with notcelebrity.co.uk
I’m inspired to write this post after reading Chris Brogan’s post about being an overnight success.
Success is something we all strive for, isn’t it? As writers we want that best selling novel or to find our bylines bedazzling a major magazine or website. Most of us don’t set out to “just get by” we set out to succeed.
What is success, and how much does it cost?
I’m yawning as I write this. I woke at 5:00 so I could get a little work in before getting my son off to school and heading to the airport. I’ve been hanging out in airports a lot lately and sleeping on planes. I’ve been catching a few jet-lagged hours of hotel sleep each night before attending a conference or meeting with a client. Is this success?
I’m not a millionaire. I’m not a best selling author. I’m not even an “A List” blogger, but I consider myself a success beyond my wildest dreams.
- I work out of my home office sharing my passion with others.
- A major brand inquired about buying this blog network.
- I’m able to keep the bills paid and put extra in a bank – during a time when my husband is laid off from his job.
- At this moment, I don’t have to return to a full time position.
- I’m working with clients I enjoy – not because I have to, because I want to.
- I receive notes every day from people who tell me I’ve helped them.
- Next week I’m talking with my son’s second grade class about writing.
- I attend conferences and meet the most wonderful people in the world.
- I talk to the people who share my passion.
There’s a downside to success too:
- Hate mail and catty comments.
- A few hours of jet-lagged sleep in hotels
- Missing out on hugs, kisses and story times.
- The responsibility of having to continuously give good advice on a daily basis.
- Missing out on television, movies and girls night out.
What’s your definition of success? Is it/will it be worth it?