I’ve been writing daily for the last 173 days online.
What started as a 30 day cohort, has turned into an almost 5+ month writing journey. In that time, I’ve grown as a writer, I’ve explored my ideas further and I’ve found my audience. But I’ve also made lots of mistakes.
Today, during a Zoom call, one of my Ship30 mentees asked what I wish I had done differently when I began writing.
I worried too much about getting results.
When I signed up for Ship30, I saw the testimonials of people growing massive audiences, launching courses, and making money.
And while I’m smart enough to know “results aren’t typical”, I’m also optimistic enough to believe “if they can, me too.” Throughout my first 30 days I became somewhat obsessive about my follower counts, checking my analytics, and comparing myself to other shippers. And it distracted me from the experience. It cheated me out of building relationships instead of competing.
If I could go back to the beginning of my first Ship30 cohort, I would make a conscious effort to focus exclusively on putting in the reps, developing a writing habit and shipping daily.