There, I said it. You can fail. It's OK to fail.
There is an overwhelming pressure in today's society that if you're not instantly successful, then you must be an instant failure. Completely untrue and honestly it is a reflection of the world we live in. Patience is small and dreams are big.
This applies to voiceover as it does any other profession.
Fail. Fail over and over again. You don't start out amazing at anything in life. You have to fail a great number of times before you can get good at something. I've failed so many times so far and I've only been doing this over two years. I've been frustrated, angry, disappointed and had zero confidence in the fact that I was making any progress. If you fail - find another way to make it work.
Pick your phrase, 10,000 hours....big oaks from little acorns grow...the list goes on. The point is, look at anyone that you consider to be great or successful. Do you think they came out of the gate that way?
Let's take successful/career youtubers as an example. I dare you. Find the one with an insane amount of subscribers. Go look at their first video. I am willing to place money on the fact it is 5 years old or more.
Pick your favourite athlete - Research them, see when they started playing the sport. Compare it to their age and status now. Is it less than a year? I doubt it. I'd bet 10 years of playing the sport even before he or she went pro.
Think how many hours of practice, planning and so on that went into getting their channel/persona to the stage you see today? 5 years. Think about that number for a moment. Are you trying to sprint or are you marching toward your goal?
If you can sprint and can get there sooner, bravo my friend. However, for the vast majority, you will be marching. You will not see the goal, you will just see the road. You may fall, collapse from exhaustion or be injured. The question is do you let obstacles in your path dictate your success?
Surround yourself with people that support you. People that are more talented then you. People that are further along in their journey than you. People that will make you reach. People that will push you to excel.
Is being 'okay' at something going to fuel you to strive for greater things for yourself and your business?
This applies to any one who is running their own business or in life in general.
Grind. March forward. Take risks. Be patient. Don't compare your journey to anyone else. Remind yourself, it is OK to fail. Just don't let failure consume you.
Only you can dictate how far you take anything.