It’s the first Monday of January and I’m sitting here at my computer mustering up some confidence to pitch ideas to people. It can be exhausting to wait and see if anything I propose will be accepted and what ideas will be rejected.
This is the constant struggle of someone who is self-employed and creative; asking for work, creating work, and finally monetizing the whole effort. There is nothing simple or easy about these tasks.
I have been fortunate to actually be paid for what I do. This is amazing and I feel blessed, however that work does not remove the need to constantly have to find more work…which is daunting. Especially when the end result is so often being rejected or ignored.
In a world of social media where so often people can choose to only share their positive reality and hide their struggles, it is easy to look at someone else and think “Man, are they lucky or what?” In reality, their poo stinks too and they are struggling to make their life work just like the rest of us.
I usually do what everyone does: hype of the wins and hide the losses.
Today I feel like sharing some of my reality.
So, 5 days into the year and here is my win/loss ratio so far:
I’ve sent out 3 pitches.
One has been accepted.
One has been rejected.
One is in limbo.
If I maintained a 1:1 ratio for the rest of the year I would be ecstatic. That is unlikely to happen though. It will probably be more like 20:1. Everyday I will have the choice to try ( and potentially win or more probably fail) or to simply do nothing.
Doing ‘nothing’ does not appeal to me, so a bunch of rejection, and hopefully, some acceptance will be coming my way this year.
Some days I wake up motivated to throw my ideas out to the world and accept what happens.
Other days, like today, I sit here trying to think of anything other than subjecting myself to the probable failure awaiting me at the end of a phone call or email.
And I will do something.
Even if what I do is write a blog post about failure.