Keep Throwing Darts At The Dartboard
The past few weeks have been me focusing on a few key activities: writing a large number of articles, and applying for writing positions.
It honestly feels weird to me to be back in this sort of position. After all, I don’t have a proper resume, I’ve got little experience, and honestly, I still feel like an utter moron applying for some of these positions.
While I’m clearly not applying for freelance positions in these instances, I’m still throwing myself at these attempts for a few reasons. Part of it is because I am still looking for clients and even if I don’t land work I’m still in their system.
The second part is what’s more important as it’s honestly been keeping me going for these past few weeks:
The idea of keep throwing darts at the dartboard.
It’s a quote Will Ferrel said once in one of those Goalcast videos. I don’t remember the entirety of the speech but that line stuck out to me the most.
It resonates with me as it taps into one of the key aspects of who I am: my persistent nature.
Persist, Even If You Look Dumb
Persistence is a unique trait when you really think about it and it can teach us a lot of valuable lessons. Lately, my own persistence has gotten me to this point: I’m not afraid to look dumb or utterly unqualified.
A lot of the positions I’ve applied for are for work that I can show little proof of my skill in. While they all are writing-related, the topics they cover are topics I’m passionate about, but can’t really show.
Take gaming for example. As I mentioned in a previous article, I’ve been a gamer for years and devote time to playing video games. However, there haven’t been many gaming articles I’ve posted.
In fact, there is now basically two of them. You can read them here and here.
But even with my seeming lack of skills, I applied anyway. Even though my logical brain would tell me to move on to something else.
I allowed myself to position myself as an otherwise unqualified individual who has no idea what he’s doing.
Hell, even my resume is pretty bland. I have a few links to writing samples and explain why these are significant. It doesn’t even cover half the page.
I’m not saying this like I’m proud of it. In most situations, I’d be embarrassed about this. But honestly, I think it’s important for us to botch things from time to time. It’s all just throwing darts at the dart board.
And who knows, maybe the people hiring might like the brutal honesty and might find it refreshing to see someone present themselves in such a bland way.
My point here is that allowing yourself to look dumb can help you to broaden your scope. If you let logic get in the way there will be times where you’ll hesitate. But the reality about life is that it’s unpredictable.
No matter the shoddy performance someone might notice and have a desire to help you out or hire you for something. You don’t know until you throw your dart at the dartboard.
Persist, Even If You Are Not Feeling It
Sending what is otherwise a weak resume isn’t the stupidest thing that I’ve done. I won’t deny the fact that my poor attempts are not the greatest.
But I stand behind persisting through any circumstance to be worth it. For one you allow yourself to be open to new possibilities and opportunities. Again, despite my attempts being so poor, maybe someone takes notice. Maybe they might help.
Or maybe they’ll laugh at me and move on.
That’s okay. Because by persisting, you’re removing logic in some cases, but also your emotions from the process. Instead, you’re focusing on developing a habit, as well as breaking down various beliefs.
As I said above, I’m not big on applying for jobs. It takes several hours and in the end, I get little out of it. It got to the point where filling out job applications was actually a depressing process. I then started to look for all kinds of reasons to not apply for something.
But this time around, I’ve been consistently applying with not much thought. For sure I look at the qualifications and make sure that the work is something I want to do. But I don’t listen to the other side of me that doesn’t like the job application process.
I look beyond that and focus on throwing the darts at the dartboard.
Persist, To Fail Faster
One aspect of life is the faster we fail, the more that we learn from the experience. Without a doubt, I expect most of my attempts to fall on deaf ears. I may look foolish in the entire process, but honestly, I don’t care that much about that.
Because another unanswered application to me is another lesson I can learn. When I don’t hear back from someone, it has forced me to be more creative. It’s gotten me to look at new angles and look for new opportunities in other places.
It’s brought me closer to where I want to be or how I want to go about achieving my goal.
By sending out roughly four dozen applications or reach outs by this point, I’ve gotten a clearer idea of where I should be putting my attention in terms of getting clients. And to some extent, I’ve learned how to better position myself when building a rapport with other people.
It’s all skill-building. But when you’re going against something that you stood behind, it can also be emotional building. As a result of me sending out this many resumes, it’s broadened my view of clients.
While it’s important to look at the quality of the client, I’ve started to worry less and less about the type of work. For sure, I consult my moral compass and make sure it’s work I want to do. But as for the specific details, I’m more liberal with it and are willing to give it a shot.
This is a stark difference between who I was before which was being picky about every little detail.
I think that persistence in this sense can open us up and make us realize other aspects of ourselves that can help us. I wouldn’t be applying this much if I stuck to my generally picky nature when it comes to clients.
It’s these kinds of revelations that come from a persistent mind.