I won’t pretend that I am camera shy, but being on screen is not my favorite thing either. My true passion lies in storytelling, and I love writing as a way to do that, because I don’t think I am a natural storyteller. Putting it on a page gives me the chance to edit out all the unnecessary details that I think are the most revealing and riveting truths that not only shed light on the story but to the entire human condition . . . but really have no relevance to the story (Truthfully, I should cut the previous sentence. And this parenthetical).
But I started the whole Driver Ed Youtube thing as I was looking for a platform for my storytelling, with the end goal of using it as a way to propel my book, “I Hate You Jimmy.”
A Youtube channel about driving Uber in order to sell a memoir that isn’t directly related to uber written by a 30 year old that hasn’t really doesn’t anything significant in his life? It doesn’t escape me that it sounds a little off. It gives merit to the quote from Jimmy on the back of the book, “nobody is going to read this.” And yes, he actually said that, just like my grandmother said she wouldn’t pay for it.
Anyway, as I was setting up the kindle version of “I Hate You Jimmy” (should be available today) I noticed this review:
It reminded me of a line from my book where I admitted that “I like to go into things confident it will work out, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get super surprised when it actually does.”
I wanted to immediately text Jimmy with a “I told you so!” It’s an awesome feeling, when you come up with a plan that sounds good but in the back of your mind your not sure if you’re crazy, and then it actually works. But then I got to thinking… and as they say, overthinking is the key to unhappiness. I realized the guy who wrote that review was the lone respondent, from the entire world wide web, to the first Youtube video I made about my book. I recalled how that the response from that video, or lack there of, had me really questioning the merit to my plan. And it’s a question that is still to be answered.
My point is, I don’t have a freakin’ clue what I am doing. I don’t if the Driver Ed Show will be an effective means to get my book out there. But I do know that I enjoy doing it, and it at least got my book to a fellow driver all the way out in Colorado, which I think is pretty cool.
I love sports, because its so simple. Shoot 1000 foul shots, and you will get better at shooting foul shots, so when you shoot a foul shot in the game, you should be confident. And you get a clear answer when the foul shot goes in or not. The thing about life is, you don’t get 1000 chances to practice for the real thing. The whole damn journey is the real thing. (And the whole damn journey is practice *hits blunt*).
You don’t get 1000 chances at a marketing plan … or that job interview … or that first date. You only get one. But the secret lies in knowing that the worst that can happen is that you have to move on, and this time, with the knowledge you learned from your previous attempt.
I guess I wanted to share this just to encourage anyone else who feels as clueless as I do. Come up with a plan, and take a shot. The worst that happens is you miss.
J R Smith is notorious for shooting his shot. But here is what happens when you don't use all the information available to make a good plan.
*Mom, since I estimate you are at least 25% of my consistent readership, I want to let you know that I’m not actually smoking weed as I write this. It’s a meme "the kids these days" use to describe trippy ideas.
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