Failure is not a bad thing. Without it, we would never learn. Of course, I don’t want to fail. But when I do, I can use that failure in a positive way.

I’ve been writing for more than ten years. My books haven’t sold as well as I’d hoped. Does that mean I’m a failure. I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s my writing that’s the problem. I failed to truly study the process of self-publishing and launching a book, the marketing and promotion. Perhaps, I’d have sold more copies by now if I had.

When we fail to achieve the results we hoped for, we can use that experience to learn. When I think back to my college years, I often learned from the test questions I missed. Why? Because when I got my test results back, I wanted to know the right answers. So I looked them up. I learned from my failure.

The same goes for my writing career. Now that I’ve self-published several books, I can study my mistakes and change my publishing strategies for future works.

Sometimes, we fail because we’re not ready. It takes time to hone one’s skills to the professional level. So a few failures along the way can only help us improve as writers, artists, or musicians. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.