Will It Be Worth It?
So what do you think… should you do it?
Should you write that book you’ve been thinking about…
Should you share that story you’ve been keeping to yourself….
Should you follow that idea that doesn’t seem to be going away…
I can’t answer that question for you, but I can share a couple things I’ve learned.
1. Sometimes we just need someone to hear all our doubts and say, “yes, yes, go ahead.”
There’s plenty of reasons to not do it. Making time for creative projects can seem indulgent, or selfish. Pursuing a dream project that is uncertain or unlikely to “pay off” might seem silly, even reckless.
Look, I write a lot. I’ve written two books, over two years of newsletters, many years of blog posts, and lots more. And even I struggle with this one from time to time.
Knowing that none of us is alone in that feeling, I actually built a permission page right into my workbook, Share Your Story. Because sometimes that’s exactly what we need: someone to tell us to just go ahead and make the thing, no matter what.
Luckily, I had a friend give me “permission” and encouragement to write my latest book, contrary to all the reasons I thought I shouldn’t. He even wrote a blog post about it, here: Little Poems for Big Hearts.
So here’s the deal, if you’re looking for permission to make your thing, you have mine.
2. Still, you might wonder — with good reason — will it be worth it?
Making your own thing isn’t always easy. In fact, a lot of the time, it can be hard.
The writing process can be long. If you’re writing about difficult, highly personal, or sensitive subjects, it can be emotionally taxing.
If you want to get published, you may have a long road ahead as you chase that goal. And if you’re self-publishing, you have a lot to consider, including editing, design, publishing software, marketing, sales, shipping, etc. This can take time and resources — possibly more than you might expect.
Like any challenging undertaking that requires us to dig deep and keep going, there are a number of “Things it Might Be”:
3. So will it be worth it? Heck yeah, it probably will be.
I told you I can’t answer the question “should you do it?”.
But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you love the thing you’re making, if you really believe in it, then it will probably be worth it.
There are no guarantees of “success,” however you define that. You might not get rich or make money or be well-received or any of that.
But I’ve come to find that if you put your heart into something, your heart is usually repaid.
That’s how I felt with the launch of Little Poems for Big Hearts.
As I prepared and shipped my books out to my first batch customers, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and fulfillment.
“Yes,” I nodded to myself. “It was definitely worth it.”
Finally, I’ll wrap this up with a picture from the new book. If you’re working hard on a project, pursuing a dream, or putting your heart into your work, this is for you: