Wednesday, 1 August 2012

New Horizons

Trying is the first step to failure. So the infamous cartoon character Homer Simpson said to his son, Bart. Fear of failure can overwhelm the desire to succeed – a warning meted out in sales training rooms around the world.

A new day a new way?
 Robert the Bruce reputedly once shared a cave with a spider and later an observation - a story of an epiphany - with an appreciative audience.
Sherlock Holmes, one of the greatest fictional detectives, would have deduced nothing less. “How do you know the audience appreciated anything?” Watson may have asked. Elementary, dear Watson, for the story made it into the annals of history; a fair body of men must have liked it for its repetition to succeed so comprehensively.

Trying is not the first step to failure, starting out with one eye on the exit may be and beating the drum ahead of the march of anticipated criticism will certainly dampen any desire to succeed: an occasion perhaps when getting in first does not gain advantage. 

Be bold; love your work, refuse to be the first to criticize and above all share your ideas, your story, and if at first you don’t succeed…
Step 1
Step 2


  1. Found you on Twitter and now following there and here. Good advice. Trying could always be a potential first step to failure, but not trying is failure and the first step to many successive failures.

    Keep pursuing your writing quests S.K.

    A suggestion: scrap the Word Verification on your blog. It's a hassle to decipher sometimes and discourages comments. You may not even know it's on your site.

    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks Arlee Bird for the advice. No, I didn't realise it was on my site. Thank you. And thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  2. Great advice SK. Beautifully articulated.

    I wish you well in your publishing endeavors.

    1. Thank you. Took a while for me to reply.


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