Secrets to Success: Rule #1

It’s not always easy to start a business, build a blog readership, or quit your desk job to pursue your hand sewn line of women’s clothing full-time. In fact, it’s almost always quite challenging at times. So, if you’re up for it, I’m starting a series that tells it like it is…the good, the bad, and the completely ‘Girl, I can’t believe you went there.” Secrets to success that have been learned along the way…

Do you ever end your day feeling like you couldn’t possibly do ________ , whatever _____ may be (reach 10,000 followers, get paid for your writing, reach 2,000 sales by the end of your first year in business, quit your desk job to pursue your passion, etc)?

I’m here to tell you that I’ve been there too. And one thing I’ve learned is this..if you simply give it a try anyway, sometimes you’ll surprise yourself. You might just realize that you actually can do that thing that you didn’t think was possible. BUT there’s a catch: it will take time, some trial and error, and a whole lot of drive.

I’ll be completely honest with you – I don’t always know what the next ‘right’ step is and there is a lot of ‘making it up as I go’. But you know what? I’m willing to bet that a fair portion of your favorite bloggers are exactly the same way. We just decide we want something and go after it, whether we know exactly how we are going to get there or not.

Over the last four and half years that I’ve been running papernstitch, I’ve spoken with a whole lot of successful bloggers and business owners through email and skype and in person and on the phone. And I can promise you that this is true for a heck of a lot of people.

So what happens when your favorite blogger or the shop owner you most admire doesn’t know what to do next or where to go from here? They hop on the phone or shoot out an email to their peers, who may be able to help. And if that doesn’t result in an answer, those colleagues and friends recommend someone else to try or a podcast to listen to. And if that doesn’t help, the tinkering and troubleshooting, and ‘making it up as we go’ comes into play. Those successful ladies that you dream of one day being, work their butts off until they figure it out. Whatever it takes.

And that drive and motivation to keep going, not knowing what’s on the other side, is what will separate the success stories from those that throw up their hands, toss in the towel, and never find out what they could have been.

Secrets to Success Rule #1:

Move beyond the fear of failure and give it your best shot, with all that you have to give. You might not win the game, but one thing is certain: You’ll never win the game that you don’t play.

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.“ -Jane Addams

Will you challenge yourself to give it all that you have to give?

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53 comments | Click here to reply

thank you for you advises! It’s always cool to read people that in a way or another they made it!

Ale

Yay! Great post, thank you! Just what I need at the moment so I’m excited to read more, thanks 🙂

Mini Malone

Thank you for your inspiring post. It gives me hope.

Kimberly

This post from @papernstitch today couldn’t be more true. Secrets to success… Rule #1 http://t.co/a9Yit6VM

leah duncan (@leahduncanisme)

Great post, Brittne – I shared it with my readers too!
http://rochesterartisans.com/2012/10/24/how-hard-can-it-be/

Stefani Tadio

What if you know you want to quit your day job, but have no idea what to do instead (and for income)? I don’t even know what to go back to school for. *sigh*

zeghsy

I’m already excited about this series.
This post is exactly what I needed. I made it my goal to do two craft shows this year; I’m frantically preparing for my second one right now (yay!). I’m completely freaked out about it because it’s a huge show – I almost didn’t apply. But I know that if it scares me a little bit then it’s probably exactly what I need to do.
I’m FAR from quitting my day job – I haven’t even made a profit yet.
But I will, because I can.

Julia A.

RT @alignbetween: Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

Rachel Vater (@rvartistmaker)

RT @alignbetween: Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

angelia florensia (@Paperpleased)

I needed to hear this yesterday. Just keep on keepin’ on!
Secrets to Success: Rule #1 | papernstitch http://t.co/nwdOgNms

Carson Riutta (@bluebuttonpress)

Brittni, This feels exactly like what I’m going through…it’s like you’re in my head right now! It feels good to know that there are others who are going through/have gone through what you are… Thank you for sharing!!

Kathryn Denelle Stevens

You are in my head! RT @papernstitch Secrets to Success Rule #1: It’s not always easy to start a business, build a blog http://t.co/xnTYHpZj

Kathryn Stevens (@atlasandelia)

RT @alignbetween: Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

the vintage bazaar (@vintagebazaar)

RT @alignbetween: Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

(@kdmarsden) (@kdmarsden)

RT @alignbetween: Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

BRIKA (@ShopBrika)

Thanks Brittni, I was having a moment over here! 🙂 Still overwhelmed and not feeling good enough, but I’ve made some small changes. I’m hoping those small changes will add up over time

Melissa Lund

Loving this from Paper and Stitch. Secrets to Success: Rule #1 http://t.co/xikq9gSg via @sharethis @papernstitch

Creating Space (@creatingspacesf)

Words of encouragement for artists & bloggers who want to quit their day job, but can’t just yet 🙂 via @papernstitch http://t.co/qvJcapqJ

alignbetween (@alignbetween)

Give It Your Best Shot…paper n stitch’s Secrets to Success http://t.co/qlYdTwU2

Karyn (@den10studio)

I thank you for this post. Humbling honesty and inspiration. I believe what you’re saying though. Just need to keep pushing forward. I look forward to some more tips.
=)
x
aspiring blogger
http://www.misscocolima.com

miss coco lima
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