Sometimes I get myself too worked up and excited for my own good. Once I start planning something my brain automatically goes to, “how could this not be a HUGE success.” Such is how it is with our current funding campaign. In my head I was thinking, “I’ll post the link to my facebook page and all of my friends will rush to contribute, especially considering the perks we’ve included.”
Of course, it has not worked out that way. And that’s OK. I need to remember to keep my pie-in-the-sky tendencies in check so that my realistic side can be heard through all the cheers and bright flashing lights of the huge success that my idealistic side is conjuring up. Laura wrote an amazing book. That’s true. But it’s going to take time and effort to get to where we want to be.
Campaigns like this are tough. We’re not asking for contributions to help sick kids or start a non-profit that fights for equal rights. We’re asking for support in a business venture. I would hope our family, friends and whoever else happens across our campaign believe enough in us to support us. But still, given limited budgets and lots of options for what to do with the money, I can see how it would be hard to justify giving to this campaign. I like to believe that if the tables were turned I would be willing to help. I think I would. But its hard to tell exactly what you would do until faced with the situation.
So my realistic side is finally breaking through and I am seeing that we’re going to have to work hard over the next 100 days to convince people that we are serious about following through with this venture. And that’s good. Nothing should come too easily. You should have to work for things. It’ll only better prepare us for movning forward, cause future steps in this process won’t be any easier. Of course that super optimistic side of me is already painting pictures of this book becoming a best seller within days of being released, interview requests from Ellen and Oprah and Today and Good Morning America, deals being offered left and right for the story rights to make it into a movie, etc.
Baby steps, Dave… remember… baby steps… crawl, walk and then run.