I closed off The Guest Post Not-Contest a few days ago and it was interesting reading the e-mails and comments over the previous three weeks.
One person commented to me that it was "a great opportunity, but your rules are like that of a 4th grade school teacher." He said some other stuff, but I deleted it before getting bogged down with the loser mentality. That person completely missed the point of the not-contest. (I'm actually pretty sure they don't regularly read this site. Mostly because it's not written for them and there is purposefully nothing of value here for that person.)
The point of the not-contest was NOT to get a guest post here.
Seriously, who the fuck am I?
- Some dude with a site that gets a mid-level amount of traffic.
- 1 of almost 7 billion people on Earth.
- A guy who knows what it takes to be successful and what it takes to be a failure. Yay! I've been both!
You want a chance to make it to the NBA? Train with people who have trained other NBA players.
You want to have almost no chance of making it to the NBA? Train with your neighbor. The fat one who watches TV and eats McDonald's all day.
You want to run a successful restaurant? Apprentice with a successful restaurateur.
You want to run an unsuccessful restaurant? Learn from someone who has never owned a successful restaurant. (Probably one of your business school teachers.)
You want a successful blog / online business that you can run from anywhere? Learn from the people who do exactly that. Maybe their lessons are created for a reason.
Here was my thinking:
Make it seem difficult by having lots of rules and details. I wanted to scare you into not submitting, because if all it takes is a few pesky details (which, honestly, were not tough) to stop you from creating your best work then you're in for a massive surprise in the future. And it's this: you will never be successful. It might not hit you today, or tomorrow, or even any time soon. But some day in the future you're going to think "I know what Karol was talking about now! How can I possibly expect to be successful if I scare myself out of taking action?"
Bonus: read this story and then this one about how Derek Sivers was "born with singing talent" after only 15 years of practice and doing the crazy exercises his teacher demanded.The rules were in place because that way I would only read articles by people who ship no matter what. People who if not already incredibly successful today, will be. Without all the rules I would've received an overwhelming amount of articles, many of which would not have been your best work.
There's that phrase again, your best work! We're onto something ...
Anybody who followed the directions and dug deep created a piece of their best work. Whether I post that work here or not you know what happens when you know you can create great work? Your synapses start firing like never before and you achieve a bit of clarity. You know you can create more great work.
You know what happens when you continuously create great work? People. Fucking. Notice.
I think everybody who submitted got it because along with most submissions were comments like "Even if you don't choose this, it was worth it. I really pushed myself and it feels amazing."
Although I can't accept all of the submissions I will choose 3 that I did receive. Everybody I don't accept will get a link to their site with a paragraph about themselves in a special post on April 18. Boom! Everybody wins.
I alluded to this in tweets and on facebook. "Less than [X amount of time] before the guest post not-contest ends. You ship or you fail." Thanks to everybody who submitted.
If you thought about submitting and talked yourself out of it, it's OK. You failed this time. Reframe it, learn from it, and use it to light a fire under your ass. Get pissed at me, get pissed at yourself, do whatever it takes to create.
Very special announcement on Thursday. I've been sending out cryptic tweets with maps and other malarky over the past couple weeks, but the big reveal is coming. It's going to be a fun ole time. :)