02 August 2011

Is it worth it? [Can I] work it?

Okay, that may not be the  connotation that Missy Elliot intended, but a recent blog post by J Scott Savage's blog "Find Your Magic" got me thinking about the "work" aspect of writing and publishing.  In his blog post, he talked about the idea of "deserving"  success and what it really means to achieve your dreams. He talked about being willing to work, and to overcome the failures, and the rejections, and having patience. This is when you achieve your dreams; "deserving" has nothing to do with it, he concludes.

Reading this post, really struck a chord with me. Something I have been thinking a lot about lately.  You see, I've recently graduated from college, and if my mom were standing behind me while I typed, she would probably say, "My God, Colee. You've just graduated from college with a 3.91 GPA, Summa Cum Laude...not only that you are looking for work and being out of work is one of the most stressful periods of time in anyone's life. Do you ever give yourself a break?"

My simple answer is no. I am the type of person who believes that if it isn't happening or something I am doing or working on then it isn't enough or it won't happen. I know, I know...Just stay with me here.

Let me tell you this, when I was in college....it was work.

The thing that was "work" though wasn't what you would expect. It wasn't the classes. It was the maneuvering I did to fit in my work schedule with my classes, the advisors I saw to bend the rules for me to fit in a class, the financial aid I had to practically beg for, the public transportation (and its people) that I had to deal with, the older brother with a mental disability that I helped my mom with....all of that seemed to serve as a hurdle i had to achieve my dream.

And, despite all of the barriers...I made it to my dream of getting my college degree. I walked across the stage and waved to my family who were sitting in the stands cheering me on. 

And you know what?

I was willing to work for it. I gave up all of myself to pursue my degree. I gave up my time. My energy. My distractions. My devotion. I promised to complete my goal.  And to stay with it. And to do give it my all.

It was everything to me to achieve my dream.

And I did it.

And yes, it was work. And it was worth it.

Now I face the same type of dedication with writing. The same time. The same devotion. The same promise. Can I do it?  Is it worth it? Can I "work it"?

You see, I have wanted to publish since I could remember. I remember at the age of 10 I was getting books from the library about how to write. I remember wanting to be able to find myself one day in the library catalog and see my books checked out with people on the waiting list. It was everything to me then, and it still is today. So...I think the answer to those questions...is yes.

My inspiration to write today comes from the dedication and the promise I make to myself to become a published writer.  I am writing today because I know the road to success isn't easy and no matter how hard you work or think you deserve it, it may not happen for you very timely. But it's important to keep that promise. I made that promise to myself in pursuing my degree. I make it today about writing. And I never let people down, most importantly myself.  So, readers and writers, make that promise today. Whether its about your writing dream or something else.

Just ask yourself, "Do you feel lucky, punk? Well do ya?"

Okay, no, not what I was going to say...Sorry, I couldn't help it.  But seriously...ask yourself, "Is it worth it?" Can you work it?

Yah? Alright, well remember what Missy Elliot says, "Ain't no shame [people] do your thang, just make sure you ahead of the game...."


  1. Great motivational post. It has me thinking, am I willing to work for it? Is it worth it? This is very timely for me as I prepare to make some life decisions. Yes, I can work it! :)

  2. The biggest thing that college taught us is to persevere. Yes, those who persevere DO deserve to succeed, and we do. :)

    Nice post, Nicole.

  3. Go for it! I love being a writer. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

  4. Great post! Great nickname your mom gave you, too.

  5. Awesome post!

    I have to believe that all the hard work and dedication I'm putting into my book and getting it published will work out for me. It's the first real dream I've ever had JUST for myself. I simply cannot give up on that.

  6. Great post! I love Missy Elliot. Very inspirational. I went through a similar train of thought before deciding to head into another M.A., I think its definitely something worth asking oneself.

    I awarded you the "Versatile Blogger Award" on my blog, I hope you will accept :) I really enjoy your blog!

  7. @Optimistic Mom - Oh I'm so glad this post helped you. Good luck in your new ventures, whatever they may be!!

    @Diane Carlisle - Yup...a student I mentored once told me that when you keep failing, eventually you fail at failing. :) Ain't it the truth?

    @Kelly Hashway - Wooo! Thank you for the commeent! And yes, I wholeheartedly agree!!

    @shelly - Thanks! And me too!! I've always loved that nickname! :)

    @Nancy Thompson - It is worth it!! And good for you for sticking with your dream. It pays off!!

    @Mitz - YAY!! My first award!! I'm so proud!! I'll be stopping by soon! Thank you for reading!


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