In the era of unlimited online shelf space and web addresses, it’s never been easier to go back and see the backlog of any artist. If you Google actor Mark Wahlberg, you just might find some of his earlier work, like Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch. Yikes.
If you Google the rapper Drake, you might discover he was an actor on the TeenNick show Degrassi before he was swearing on Lil' Wayne's records. So hard.
Today, we can go back to the first post of our favorite blogger or the first song of our favorite artist. We can see the first pictures we posted on Facebook and the first picture we took on Instagram. For better or worse, it’s all there for our awesome viewing pleasure.
No matter what you’re working on, your first LP, a book, a business, a mobile app, it doesn’t matter, one day you will have something that was “your first.” You can look back and read your first book and cringe. “Why the f*** would I write that?” You can go back and look at your first business. “Damn, that was a dumb idea.” You can even go back to your first sexual endeavor. “Wait, was I ok? “
The truth is, we all get better along the way. We refine our craft, hone our skills and figure out what works and what doesn’t. We write books that might flop or produce apps that no one uses. But the key is that we evolve and improve every step of the way and have an undying faith that continuous persistence will lead to our success.
When I published my first book, I was scared shitless. What if this book flops and people forever remember my name as “the guy whose book sucked balls?” What if this book is so rejected by critics and haters that people throw crap at me wherever I go? “Oh, there’s the dude with twenty one star reviews!! Get him!!!!” A year later, none of this has occurred.
One day, when someone is reading one of my books, they will go back to my blog and peep an excerpt from something I had done WAY back in the day. Most likely, they will read a couple sentences and be like, “Wait, is this the same writer?” This is a good thing! I’ve grown! Had I not shipped that first blog post or that first book, I never would have made it to the second, and the third, and the fourth. So whatever it is you’re holding on, ship that bitch. If it’s an instant hit, you have nothing to worry about. But if it doesn’t do as well as you hoped, breathe a sigh of relief. The journey has just begun. This is your first attempt of many. Just ask Mark Wahlberg.
Oh and btw, check out my second novel on kickstater. 2 weeks left! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/563551372/a-life-told-from-the-cloud