When people compliment me on my Kickstarter success, or praise me my audience size, or give me kudos for the foresight I had in using general business tactics to sell books/comic, I smile and thank them.
But in my mind, I think about the thousands of creators who called me an idiot, the authors who said it would never work, the people who laughed when tactic after tactic blew up in my face, and the writers who denounced my plans as shitty for years before they started paying dividends and eclipsed even their our businesses. I am so glad I didn't listen to those people.
And I think about the very few creators who were as crazy as me to delve into marketing in a new way, and how many of them are killing it right now.
Finally, my mind drifts to how hard it is to do anything that matters, and how many failures it takes. I think about how many dozens of projects I launch for every one success, and how much bullshit I sent out into the world before anything worked, even a little bit.
I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I'm further than I thought I would be right now, which is nice.
This shit is so hard, y'all.
It's not complicated, but it's hard as shit. Even now there is so much more to do, but sometimes it's nice to just appreciate how far you've come, and how many failures you accumulated for even one success.
There is an old saying: Successful people have failed more than you have even tried. I really, really believe that.