Success is progress.
Excellence is a journey, not a destination. In order to achieve excellence you must continue to pursue it. But yet, the fear of not being excellent deters me from pitching my app. My brain runs wild thoughts of humiliation, inadequacies, and doubt, but the opposite, sanguinity awaits once I conquer them. Just getting SOMETHING out there is important; its progress towards a goal.
From that I've concluded that fear is a deterrent of success. I don't let doubt of it not being 'right' stop me from demoing, pitching, or presenting Hooopla. Also this variety of success provides me with feedback, one of the most precious resources. I exploit feedback to make Hooopla 'right'. I also utilize my friends, the right friends are provident.
Success is stepping out your comfort zone.
I step outside my comfort zone and go to Meetups, conferences, and networking events. As comfortable as I am with successfully releasing update after update, my goal won't truly be accomplished until Hooopla partners with local businesses to offer Instant Deals to its users. So periodically I pursue this different type of success to keep me motivated. As scary as it is to stand up and front of strangers and broadcast my dreams, I get the biggest sense of accomplishments when I overcome my fears.
Success is a lifestyle.
Daily, all I have to do is one thing to progress a little more toward my dream and I continue to succeed. Being successful in itself is motivational. Done daily, it becomes a routine.
This blog post was originally written by Devin Partlow for the Tru Story Blog. Please contact the owner of Tru Story and The Educated Emotion, Leslie McGraw, for reprint or other inquiry.