“I can’t believe I’m sending this to her. This is so embarrassing. In 24 hours she is going to email me telling me to never write her again. Hopefully she’ll forgive me, but I don’t know what else to do.” *click* Send.
This is a snippet of what I was thinking before I sent my latest article to Entrepreneur called, “How to Motivate Employees in Less Than 5 Minutes.” It was the worst article I had written for them thus far. It could have been better, but I had a deadline. I wasn’t sure if it was something they even wanted, much less publish. I was cringing in anticipation of the painful response that was surely on it’s way.
To my surprise, my editor didn’t have any problems with it. When she sent over her edits, she even added the comment, “Nice job!”
Okay, so she might have liked it (probably didn’t love it), but now I was fully prepared for it to be a flop once it went live on the site. This article was surely not going to get any shares, any likes, or any tweets.
I will let this article die the quiet death that it deserves and do better next time.
The morning that the article went live, I woke up to my phone chirping away with Twitter notifications.
Holy cow! People were sharing, tweeting, liking, and even commenting on the article, sparking some very interesting conversation! It even became a “Top Story” on the site and one of their “Most Shared Stories” articles for 2 days!
I share this story with you because I’m an ego maniac and just want you to be super impressed by this small achievement. …. Wait. No. I mean…
I share this story with you because I learned a very important lesson that I’m sure you can relate to.Continue Reading