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Quest 2016: No Failure

Quest 2016 Theme, Day 3: No Failure, from Visionary Debbie Millman

Today’s Quest 2016 prompt:

How would you do business as unusual in 2016 if you knew – no matter what you chose – you would not fail?

For my copywriting business:

:: I would pitch higher profile pubs for guest posting opportunities, rather than just the ones that feel “safe.”

:: I would plan and deliver a hands-on, in-person, local copywriting workshop to a small group of 10-12 participants 1-2 times this year.

:: I would get over my resistance and fear, and finish writing my damn copywriting guide for creative entrepreneurs already! (And self-publish it to Amazon.)

:: I would create and deliver an online copywriting & marketing course targeted specifically to creative entrepreneurs.

:: I would create other products and services that my audience would truly love and benefit from, all of which would incorporate beautiful design and my quirky approach to doing things, which is not business the way most people teach it.

:: I would FINALLY start interviewing creatives for my Creative Rebel Profiles project!


:: I would submit 3-6 pieces of my “other” writing – essays, narrative non-fiction, etc. – this year, and even enter my work in a few writing contests.

:: I would begin work on my book about surfing in earnest. First, I would figure out what this book is even going to be, because you know, I know nothing about surfing. 😉

:: I would create and deliver a writing workshop/brunch in my town at a local restaurant and get 6-8 participants for yummy food, mimosas, and fun, deeply satisfying, writing projects that could be completed in a 2-3 hour period.

:: I would find a local group of talented writers to hang out with who would up my game & hold me accountable to my writing goals and dreams, and who would also be a total blast to spend time with.

:: I would find a volunteer opportunity where I could help kids discover the beauty, joy and magic of writing, and help them develop & improve their creative and expository writing skills, etc.

In general:

:: I would stop telling myself “I don’t have time,” 87 times a week (rough estimate), and simply find a way to work on the creative projects that are truly important to me.

And there you have it, the very short list of ways I’d do “business as unusual” in 2016 if I knew I would not fail.

Quest2016: What Am I Willing to Give Up?

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Today’s Quest2016 theme is: What’s Knocking

The Quest2016 Prompt today, from Visionary Jonathan Fields:

You wake up to discover a knock at your door. A wealthy uncle you barely knew has passed and left you a fortune. It’s more than enough to live out your days in glorious splendor, but there is a condition. To be eligible to collect, you must commit your full-time working energies to the pursuit of an answer to a single question of your choosing for the next 12 months.

You are welcome to continue that pursuit after the year ends, for years or decades if it warrants, but you must remain fully focused on seeking the answer until the last minute of the 365th day. A minute shorter, the entire inheritance goes to your annoying and equally long lost cousin, Philly.

What is your question?

What am I willing to give up to make my writing dreams, plural, come true?  

The biggest of which is to get something published in one of my very favorite online pubs this coming year, a publication whose name I dare not mention in case it’s ridiculous & laughable to even think I have a shot in H-E-double hockey sticks of seeing my byline there.  

Related questions: How hard am I willing to work to make this happen? How early am I willing to get up in order to focus like a laser beam on this piece of writing before the business of the day begins? How much Bravo TV/Modern Family re-runs/Empire episodes am I willing to miss? How many daily distractions will I let go of? And how committed will I remain to the practice of completion and shipping, so that no matter what the eventual outcome, this piece of writing comes into the world this coming year? 

And because I want to keep these Quest2016 responses short and sweet, now I go off to ponder an equally important question: what to have for dinner.  

Quest2016: What I Most Need to Tell Myself About 2016 Is . . . .

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of December, I’m replying to Quest2016 prompts, put on by the fine folks over at Tracking Wonder.

Today’s prompt comes from New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and mindfulness expert, Susan Piver.

Today’s prompt is #TellYourself.

What I Most Need to Tell Myself About 2016 Is . . . .

 My dreams are as valid as I am prepared to make them.


Which means, in 2016, unlike in 2015, darn it all, I WILL MAKE TIME FOR MY OWN CREATIVE PROJECTS OUTSIDE OF CLIENT WORK.

(Sorry to resort to shouting, but I’m shouting at myself here. Because I sorely need to hear this, and more importantly, act on it.)

My biggest and most important creative project for 2016 is, dah tah dah dah . . . working on my book.

There: now it’s “out there.”