What is the Opposite of Success?
I’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview:
The business of publishing gives us frequent opportunities to feel like a success or … not a success. At every step of the journey, we receive feedback and results that tell us whether our efforts are working. It’s an uncertain path riddled with possibilities for disappointment.
→ We pitch our book at a conference and nobody seems to want what we’ve written.
→ We search for an agent, to no avail.
→ Our book is being submitted to publishers, but none are biting.
→ Our book is available for sale, but the numbers aren’t good.
→ We arrange a booksigning event at a bookstore, and nobody shows up.
When things happen that don’t make us feel exactly like a “success,” the instinct is to brand our efforts a “failure.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I no longer believe the opposite of success is failure. Instead…