What 2013 Taught Me

Well, another year has come and gone. 2013 didn’t suck. In fact, I accomplished a lot. More than I ever thought I would. However, I’m kind of glad to see this year go. Nothing personal 2013, but you were kind of a drag. Anyway, here are a few lessons I learned throughout the year and hopefully I’m better for it. Enjoy!

If plan A doesn’t work go to plan B. Or C. Or D. Or Q. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan. When they don’t, we shouldn’t give up. If one way doesn’t work, search for another.

Sometimes it’s not in your best interest to be the smartest kid in the room. If you want to fly under the radar, keep your big mouth shut.

Be open minded. Change isn’t bad. The unknown doesn’t have to be bad. Explore things with an open mind and you may be surprised at what you find.

Self published/indie authors are just as much writers and creators as traditionally published authors. I don’t care what anyone says. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself and your work out there. Just because one of the big boys didn’t put out your work, doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard at it or won’t be successful. Those guys are no better than you and you shouldn’t feel small or embarrassed about it.

It’s okay to say no. You don’t owe anyone anything. If you feel uncomfortable with something, don’t do it.

But don’t forget to say yes to things. Again, it’s all about being open minded.

Don’t let anyone discourage you from trying to achieve your goals. When I finally decided that I was going to work on being a writer, I got A LOT of crap for it. Although no one ever really came out and said it, I know people thought this was a pipe dream and that I should try to pursue “a real job.” I have one. But that’s not what I want to do forever.

Either way, just ignore the snide remarks and keep doing what you have to do to get where you want to be in life.

Be a little silly. Fun is fun.

Enjoy your family and friends. In the blink of an eye they may be gone.

It’s okay to feel negativity, but don’t let it consume you. Unfortunately we live in a world where we constantly have to be happy and smiling. We have to be positive and ignore the negative. This isn’t always possible and it isn’t healthy or natural to pretend to be happy all the damn time. We are going to feel sadness. We are going to feel pain. We’re going to be angry. The important thing though is to let yourself feel it, and then let it go. Don’t let it take over your life and steal all your sunshine away.

Keep your cool. Don’t let anyone know they have the power to sway your emotions.

Walk on the wild side. Take a risk. Live a little dangerously. Life is dependent on gambles. That’s when the best things happen.

Network. You never know what cool people you’ll meet and how they could help you in the future.

Publishing a book is hard. It’s lot of work, but in the end it will be worth it.

Now it’s your turn. What did you learn this year?

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