The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.
– Traditional Proverb
I found this quote today on the hunt for an inspirational message for twitter. You see, building our platform for our book takes more time than writing the book itself. There’s blogging, tweeting, Facebook, marketing, researching…you name it is included when it comes to writing a book. Writing itself is just a tiny portion. So…when I found this quote, I thought it fit the way I’ve been feeling lately.
You see, some nights, I just want to have a glass of wine and watch Real Housewives. Or a movie. Or do absolutely nothing. Even with the excitement of the impending book publication, the great feedback from people who’ve worked with us on the cover or who have already had a chance to read it…even with very popular mommy bloggers requesting to review it. Or, even with one of the most exciting career steps ever in my life…I still sometimes just want to park somewhere along the way and chill. But the thought is fleeting…because I know I can’t.
There’s Amazon descriptions, SEO key words to decipher, design decisions, launch and twitter party planning. This doesn’t even begin to cover it, but you get the point. Momma won’t be parking anywhere, at least for a little while. And you know what, that’s perfectly okay. Because I know that the difference between the successful people and the people who fail isn’t only about talent, it’s about drive and work ethic. It’s about busting your a** and knowing that you can’t take a day off. It’s loving what you do; it’s the sweat, the blood and the tears at the end of the road that makes that sweet pay-off soooo worth it.
My dad taught me what it means to have work ethic. He works so hard- I used to wonder if he had something supernaturally on his side. I’ve seen him fail, then get back up again. The man can come up with 100 different ways to make money, and he knows how to work smarter before harder. But, there isn’t a day that goes by that he hasn’t already earned every dollar he puts in his pocket. And that my friends, is something to be proud of.
I feel guilty if I sleep in in the morning, because I know how much work there is still left to do. I feel guilty for even thinking about folding laundry at naptime, because that’s precious work time. We all have different work ethics, and that’s perfectly okay. Just remember, the road to success is lined with many tempting parking places. If you do choose to stop, pick your detours wisely and remember…never stay too long.