Ah, The ‘F’ Word (No, Not That One)

Failure, the opposite of the “s” word (no, not that one). It comes and goes, bringing you down when you least expect it, complicating your overly drawn-out workday. The only way to overcome this psychologically harmful concept is to free yourself from the fear of failure.

We all fail every day, even when these shortcomings are on a smaller scale. Wake up late for work? That’s a failure. Forget to iron your dress shirt? That’s a failure. Didn’t take into account morning traffic before driving your children to school? That’s a failure.

What’s important is that we learn from our failures, instead of dwelling on them, allowing us to become stronger, both mentally and physically. Failing encourages us to push for a better tomorrow, and, in return, giving us what we need to thrive and work toward more successes.

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Read Before You Submit

Read before submitting. This might sound simple enough, but it’s advice that’s typically not followed, especially by writers who are just starting out.

There’s nothing worse than sending an editor an article that doesn’t fit the overall image of the publication he or she is managing content for, even if your writing is praiseworthy.

Take some time out of your day to really get to know the brands you’re hoping to get something published in. Find out who the readers are and the topics editors are focusing on. It isn’t easy to nail everything down right away, but going through and familiarizing yourself with publications will make the submission process a tad bit less stressful in the long run.