26: Don’t put your eggs in one basket!
My father was a man who loved his expressions, and this was definitely one of his favourites. Throughout the years, I've heard it probably a hundred times, but it’s only recently that I’ve realised its true wisdom and have been able to put its lessons into solid practice.
If you’re anything like me, your emotions carry you between soaring high above the clouds with excitement when one of your projects begins to get interest, to that painful crash when what was sure to be a ‘yes’ suddenly turns into a disappointing ‘no’. What I’ve come to realise is that the life of a writer is a never-ending journey of ups and downs and in order to go the distance, it’s important to be able to step away from your emotions and adopt a professional discipline.
One important trick I’ve learned is to ‘never to put my eggs in one basket’ and as a result, I always make sure that I have several projects on the go. At the moment, I’m in the midst of negotiations on a new series I created, and whereas the ‘old’ me would have been sitting around anxiously waiting, the ‘new’ me has made sure I’m busy with other writing and consulting jobs. Hopefully things will work out in the next few weeks, but it’s because of my other work and travel that I am feeling strong and centred and confident. I’m busy focused on each day’s work and thankfully don’t have time to keep checking my inbox for my lawyer’s update. Things take time, and I’m so grateful that I am no longer dependent on that one job, or one script or one chance of a lifetime.
And since tomorrow is a free day, I am determined to wake up early, head to my favourite café and begin to flush out a new idea. After all, I’m a writer and have a lifetime of stories to tell.
And so do you!