I read an article recently stating that the idea of “go big or go home” is a “dangerous” one, and that we shouldn't necessarily aspire to that as writers, blogger, entrepreneurs. The argument is very interesting, saying that this “all or nothing” mentality can be a way to set ourselves up for failure, and the cycle of frustration that comes from not getting what we want.
I do think this can be true, but only if your “go big” is completely unrealistic for where you are right now as a blogger, writer, photographer, or entrepreneur, AND you don't set interim goals to get to in the mean time. Think about it: if you're a fashion blogger just staring out (less than six months old), and your ultimate goal is to work with Kate Spade (or whoever BIG designer strikes your fancy), how realistic is it to think you'll achieve that in the next six months without working with some smaller designers along the way?
I DO believe in going big, and shooting for the moon, or else what's the point? But if we're too caught up in the “big” things, we miss out on the things that come in between, and may sabotage our chance at success altogether.
The key now, whether you're just starting out, or have been doing this for a while, and you're ready to step up your game, is to shoot for the moon, but make sure you have lots of little stars as stepping stones along the way.
Also, try to be realistic about what to expect from where you are on your path. Yes, sometimes a lot of factors conspire together and a blogger becomes SUPER successful in a very short period of time, but that's rare, and I would argue that the success may not be sustainable for very long. And it's never a good idea to start comparing yourself to other bloggers; figure out what is “success” for you and focus on getting there. Nevermind what success is for blogger x or y.
If you're ready to take your blog to the next level, achieve your OWN blogging success, or just try something new, here are some of the best resources on IFB to help get you there:
It's the Little Things that make up your Big Goal
5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Resolutions Stick
Enough is Enough: The Key to Blogging Success
How to Find & Work Within Your Passion
Competitive Analysis for Fashion Bloggers (the only time it's good to compare yourself to other bloggers!)
You Don’t Have to “Beg” to be Successful
Update : You Don’t NEED 250,000 Page Views to Earn a Living Blogging
5 Simple Ways to Succeed With Self-Discipline
How to be Ready for Success
How to build meaningful relationships with brands
How to Treat your Blog as a Business (not a Hobby)
5 Smart Tips for Working with Brands
How I Would Start a Fashion Blog in 2013
Blog Like No One is Reading
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