To complete the assignment, I am passing it onto YOU.
My blogger friend Davina told me about this book and when she forwarded the link to me, I downloaded it immediately. Within the first few sentences, I was hooked.
I knew “the flinch” played a major part in my life and wanted to learn more.
The first words which resonated with me are in the introduction,
This is a book about being a champion, and what it takes to get there. It’s about decisions, and how to know when you’re making the right ones. It’s also about you: the current, present you; the potential, future you; and the one, single difference between them.
It’s about an instinct “the flinch” and why mastering it is vital.
This book is about how to stop flinching. It’s about facing pain.
Now you might be asking, “What does this have to do with blogging?”.
Let me share a few more paragraphs,
Forget secondhand learning. It leaves no scars. It doesn’t provide the basic understanding that sits in the body as well as in the brain. There’s no trace of its passing. It might as well have been a dream.
Firsthand knowledge, however, is visceral, painful, and necessary. It uses the conscious and the unconscious to process the lesson, and it uses all your senses. When you fall down, your whole motor system is involved. You can’t learn this from books. It just doesn’t work, because you didn’t really fall. You need to feel it in your gut – and on your scraped hands and shins – for the lesson to take effect.
But if you’re surrounded by padding, scar-free learning is all you have left. It defines who you are. It limits you, but those limits aren’t actually yours – they’re the limits of the men and women who came before you.
When I read those words, I was reminded of how easy it is to learn blogging from others. How we can avoid making the same mistakes they did, and how we can possibly advance faster in the blogosphere if we follow the lead of fellow bloggers.
But, is that REALLY beneficial? Is it REALLY helpful for a blogger to NOT go through some of the pains associated with trial and error?
I think it’s one thing to learn how other bloggers succeeded, what steps they use(d) to promote their blog, what they think of different blogging issues and to even hear about the mistakes they made, but that’s their blogging journey. Not ours.
To copy what others do (or have done) “may” work for us, however not learning from our own mistakes, could be detrimental to our authenticity.
It could also make us lose sight of other possibilities.
That’s not something I want.
What about you?
How do you prefer to learn blogging?
Trough trial and error, including by making mistakes?
Or would you rather fast track your blog and avoid the pitfalls?
Care to share?