Just over 2 years have passed since I’ve launched this publishing journey. How do you determine success when you think about the publishing world? I think most would say bestsellers and other things that come with large amounts of money. But is that how we should define it?
I coached football for over a decade, stopped watching sports many years ago, but keep hearing about the greatest this and that. I firmly believe that the best players and coaches may never be labeled the greatest at anything because they never won a ring. That’s how we measure success in sports, right? You’re not great until you’ve won a ring.
So much pressure is put on us in all aspects of life and we feel upset, depressed, and a host of other feelings when we set out to do something and don’t reach the peak of what society considers to be successful or great.
None of my works have reached best-seller ranking or gotten a #1 slot in their Amazon categories but does that mean they’re not successful? I’ve won 8 awards but none of them were first place so does that mean they’re not successful?
After some reflection, I am choosing to believe this: Each one of my works represent a moment of success. I am incredibly lucky to have 4 works published in 2 years and to have won 8 awards for 2 of the 4 books. Am I J.K. rich? No, but I have so much to be proud of and fortunate to have an amazing support foundation from people I know in person to those I’ve met digitally.
I want to thank all of you who read this for your support, even if you’ve never read my work. You’ve taken time out of your day to stop by here when you could have been doing anything else and I am grateful for you doing so.