Keep Going Even in the Face of Failure

Jennifer March, MS

It’s time to learn how to face failure head-on.

I began freelance writing as a way to make money during this time. I wanted to create a platform where I could share my thoughts, ideas, and writing. I wanted to make a living off of freelance writing.

With nearly 3 months in I’ve made $200 from Medium — which is amazing in itself. But I have to live, and $100 a month just isn’t cutting it. I had begun studying how be a freelance writer like Zulie Rane or Elna Caine. I studied their videos, and others out there in order to understand the field.

I’ve always loved writing so this was a natural fit for me. But I’ve been struggling with getting caught up in my own progress. I look at where I am and where I want to be, and I feel discouraged.

Why do I feel discouraged though? Because I no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going or how I’m gonna get there.

But what I’ve learned is that you’ve got to approach failure head-on in order to learn, grow, and get better opportunities.

If there is a potential for failure, then you most certainly will fail at some point. Nobody is perfect — that’s just how life is.

What really matters with failure is how you handle it.

Keep going, even if you don’t want to

Don’t stop — you can rest, you can take a break but down run away from what you are doing. Every time you stop or doubt yourself, you are simply wasting time. That time spent ruminating and going over your lack of progress is only delaying your future success.

Of course, there is no timeline so you can’t tell when you will make a livable wage, but you’ll never know unless you give it your all. Currently, my only option is a work-from-home job, so I have to make the best of it.

I know it’s hard to keep going while making minimal progress, but you have to keep going.

Keep going through all the hard, uncomfortable times — I promise it’s worth it.

Becoming uncomfortable is good

Our bodies always want to stay the same. Since I have been living a sedentary life (thanks to the pandemic), I find myself uncomfortable needing to leave my home. That feeling of being uncomfortable is uncomfortable in itself.

But how can I grow if I’m always comfortable?

What real change can I see if I never try?

I want to earn money as a freelance writer, but I am terrified to email people. I’ve always been nervous about putting myself out there because I do not want to face rejection. But unfortunately, rejection is a very big part of life. We can’t avoid rejection.

Avoiding rejection is like running from success.

Without failure, how can you know how to improve? There’s no path that will lead you right to your dreams and goals. There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into it.

I’ve never been in a moment where I was uncomfortable and didn’t change. Doing something new can be scary and overwhelming. As I write this pep talk for you, me and anyone else who stumbled upon this post, please take my advice: go for it, because we never know unless we try.

I need to keep going and so do you, no matter the journey you’re on.

It’s okay to have no idea what you’re doing

Anything I have ever started professionally in my life has always left me lost. I have to find my way, slowly but surely I will. And you will, too.

Maybe your situation is similar or drastically different from mine. But always remember to keep going, and don’t give up. Consistent work is hard but it is worth it.

Consistency is an underrated tool in life. We can’t just declare that we’ve started a weight loss journey and then magically lose weight. I cannot just start as a freelance writer and magically make money.

I have to work hard to see results, even if results take a while to come.

Don’t give up. You’ve got this.

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As Originally Posted on Medium

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