. . . and don’t look back.
So my adventure continues. After a meeting with my editor, Rachel Small, from Faultless Finish Editing, I made the decision to move forward with BawB’s Raven Feathers Volume II. But my adventure with Volume I is far from done. Over the course of the next several months, I will be looking into new marketing avenues, and with the help of Carrie Mumford, my social networking guru, I will improve my existing blog and website pages to help promote all the volumes to follow.
I feel I have not taken any steps backward since starting this adventure last year, and the reason for this is quite possibly my energy level — which is at its peak. Right out of the gate, I felt like the world would appreciate my thoughts and that sharing these thoughts in book format was the right thing to do. And so with much help and guidance, this became a reality. My theory now is that if you move forward two steps, taking a step backward is a choice, not a necessity. Of course, if you are uncertain of your direction, then it is important to take a step back to observe what you have done so far. But then you need to move forward once again, in a positive way.
I wish I had a nickel for every time my dad told me to pull up my socks and stay in school. He drilled the idea into me that education is the key to success. Well, now that I’ve had a chance to look back, I realize that the key to success is not JUST education — you must also have the desire to learn and the determination to finish what you start. School introduces us to ourselves. It is our window to the future, as life is all about learning and determination.
I learned all of this too late in life. I received an education, but I missed the lesson on follow-through. If you start a project, finish it; believe in what you are doing. See things as adventures rather than tasks, and then right or wrong, win or lose, you will always come out on top. And not only that, you will also leave footprints for others to follow. Imagine how many lost souls there would be out there if no one completed anything they started.
The challenge of life is not just living — it’s about finishing what you start;
Begin your adventures with an open mind and take what you learn to heart.
Beautiful post. Best of luck with your next volume, I can’t wait to read it. My mantra for November/December this year appears to be “turn your obstacles into opportunities” and this post really brings it home. Lots of love from out east.