What Makes or Breaks a Professional? #Author’sCorner

What Makes or Breaks a Professional? #Author’sCorner

Over the past few months, while continuing to grow my business as a marketer the most consistant problem I have at every turn is dealing with people who are in many ways educated more so than I will ever be who simply cannot for whatever reason seem to follow instructions. This I must say frustrates me to absolutely no end.

Many times, people ask me things like, “Why can’t I get my work published in magazines? It seems like no matter how hard I try no one wants my work.” Or “Why am I not selling more books? I mean I know I’m just one of many authors, but my reviews aren’t bad, so I just don’t understand.”

While continuing to deal with more “Professionals” in both the writing and business world, I find one common denominator which is, people do not for whatever reason follow instructions.

I don’t know if this is because they don’t pay attention to them when they get them or if they simply have no regard for the rules of the game, but it is my firm belief that the thing that is keeping people from reaching their true potential is their lack of ability to follow the instructions they’re given.

There are reasons for guidelines. There are reasons that people make specific requests, and if you don’t follow those guidelines or obey the requests made of you by the editors or supervisors you work with you’re going to find yourself remaining at the bottom of the professional ladder.

Just this evening I’ve deleted four emails from clients who sent me material that didn’t meet the guidelines I set forth. I used to make allowances. I used to overlook their blatant disregard for the few things I ask of them. But no more.

Ladies and gentlemen we are all but snowflakes in a blizzard of writers and business owners and if we expect to climb the rungs of the ladder of success we must work harder than we ever thought possible to see that we’re the best we can be.

I ask nothing of anyone that I haven’t done or am not doing myself. That has always been a strict rule of mine.

When I was volunteer coordinator of 2-11 Contact Concern, we had a high success rate of phone shifts being filled and referrals given out working for the clients who called for them. The reason for that was simple. My volunteers knew what I wanted from them and they did those things without fail. The ones that didn’t, didn’t last long in my phone room.

Now, here I am running my own business and the work I promote reflects on me. So, I’m going to expect excellence from those I’m promoting.

I always say…

“I’m only as good as the content you provide me to promote.”

So, if you want to be the best of the best and leave behind the rest get in touch to learn how you can work with me to tell the World all about you.

But, if you’re not willing to put your nose to the grindstone and work every single bit as hard as I am please don’t ask.

From this moment forward, Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) isn’t doing anything halfway. From this moment forward it’s all or nothing.

I have some major goals for me and those I service in 2021 but it’s going to require a lot of sweat.

For now, this is Patty who has a podcast to review and upload which she knows is going to be top-notch because her audio editor is the best in the land saying…

Work harder, climb higher, and don’t let the inability to follow instructions stand in your way.

May Harmony find You and Blessid Be.

6 Comments

  1. Can you hearing me cheering for you? I am giving you a standing ovation, Patty.
    You are taking a very important step – to no long allow people to drag you down and want the monkey on their back to step right over and onto your shoulder. You do not ever need anyone like this in your life – be excellent and expect excellent. You will get what you are expecting. Lynda

    1. Hi Lynda.

      Thank you for that ovation.

      I love what you say here.

      “Expect Excellent and you’ll get excellent.”

      See, I think when people don’t do that, they automatically set themselves up to fail.

      We must first expect excellence from ourselves, and the way to do this is to make sure that we’re putting forth the best product we can.

      Take for example my podcast.

      Earlier last week, a listener wrote me to say that there was in her mind a little problem with something in the show. I’d already been thinking along those lines and so I got with Casey and just this night we’ve fixed the problem. A new podcast is due out in just an hour or so and I think it is one of the best sounding so far.

      The only way anyone will ever succeed in life is to work…work…work… and did I mention work…? Hard as they can and always strive to be the very absolute best they can be.

      That means that you don’t skimp. You make sure you read those guidelines or the instructions given you and you follow those to the letter.

      A person wouldn’t leave ingredients out of a cake they were making for their child’s birthday so why leave them out of their work?

      Anyhow, thanks for reading and for making this comment. I appreciate you.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

  2. I like your concept of a recipe. Yes, your guidelines are a recipe – you are laying out a list of the ingredients and how to measure them out to be successful in getting work published. Competition in our craft is very strong and no editor has time for dealing with people who can’t even follow simple directions for material submissions, due dates, and other peramaters.

    To disregard the guidelines shows a level of disrespect not only for the person you need to be working with for the publication, but for your own self as the writer. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing it right.

    In my profession, students are given an assignment. It has specific guidelines, and due date. It had a time on a specific date that was the deadline. At that time, I went to my mailbox to gather the papers. I accepted no papers after that time – no excuses. This prepares the students for real life when they are working a job. In that capacity there are no do-overs and they must learn this well in advance of going out into the world to support themselves by working a job. I view my writing and my art making in the same way – I know where I want to be at any time in the process, and I make certain I am there on time and that everything is in order.

    We cannot control what gets accepted or what does not get selected for any of the work we send out. But, what we can control is our attention to details and getting the pieces out on time and doing it as specified in the submission guidelines. You don’t have time to babysit people, Patty. They have to decide to step up to the plate, or not.

    1. Hi Lynda.

      You hit the nail on the head with a resounding clang when you mention how having students follow specific guidelines and deadlines prepares them for life, getting a job, Etc.

      Not long ago, I had a conversation with someone about their employment status. They continued to insist they were unemployed.

      I maintained that though they were unemployed outside the home, they were not unemployed. If you are a writer, and you’re selling your work, you’re employed. Writing is your “Job” and it must be viewed as such. To do otherwise says that you’ve no respect for your work. If you don’t respect your work how can you possibly expect someone to want to buy and read it, let alone publish it into their own magazines, onto their blogs or anywhere else?

      When I went to The Seeing Eye and got a Guide Dog, I learned the great import of rules and routine. Soon after I returned home I began being labeled as a “Rigid Handler” even others who had the exact same training I had said so. My response, “Thank You!”

      In 2017, I fell seriously ill. I had to be in first hospital and then nursing therapy. Campbell needed to go with me, and while these dogs are allowed into hospitals and nursing therapy facilities the staff is under no obligation to care for them and furthermore, if the animal cannot behave the hospital or facility has the right to ask you to remove it.

      Granted, I was fortunate that the staff at both hospital and nursing therapy facility were equipped to handle assisting with his care while I recovered enough to take it over again, but the one stipulation was that he must behave.

      Well, at that point my “rigid handling” paid off. Campbell was so well behaved that I could call out commands to him without laying hand on him and he obeyed without flaw or fail.

      When the volunteers would return him to the room after taking him out to relieve they would remark on how well mannered he was and how even though he was unfamiliar with them he behaved without argument if they remembered to use the commands I’d given them to use.

      This gave me an immense sense of pride, and accomplishment.

      The moral of this story is simply, “If you always follow the instructions you’re given, you will succeeed.”

      Even in Campbell’s very last days, when he was so grievously ill he behaved as the well-mannered dog he was intended to be. He never lost his status of class, not even at the very end because he too knew the value of following instructions.

      OK. I think I just wrote an entirely new post. LOL.

      Love ya!

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

  3. barbaraspencero Reply
    November 3, 2020

    Good article Patty – keep reminding us

    1. Hi Barbara.

      First, thanks tons for reading. As busy as you are, well, I appreciate your taking the time.

      Next, you do a great job when you submit stuff. I never mind people asking questions, or needing info resent, I just hate it when people send me stuff that I can’t outright use.

      It wastes everyone’s time.

      Anyhow, Thanks again.

      I hope you liked your #TuesdayTeaser

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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