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The Key to Being Successful at Persona Paper: A Life Lesson

Before I left for my business trip, I worked my hind end off to set things in motion to reach some goals that I set for myself. A lot of people asked, "Why?" and wondered how or why it is important to me for me to do these things.

I also read quite a bit that people get discouraged when they see that their numbers do not come to them as quickly. My response is always:

Read and comment.

As I look at my own numbers since I left Seattle, it would be very easy for me to become disappointed and want to give up, if I were inclined to do so. So, I want to share some things that may put things in perspective for those who might read this, as well as for myself.

I left Seattle 11 days ago on the 13th of October. In 13 days, I wrote 95 articles. I earned 3039 coins. The majority of those coins came from my interaction with others' articles, and some from the views that each of mine received. So, using an average of 10 views per each of my articles, my coins from others would total 950 coins.

So, let us just say that I received 1000 coins from your views, it would mean that approximately one-third of the total came from you, as my unique viewers. I thank each and everyone of you for that!

This also means that if all 1000 unique viewers left a comment, 1000 coins would be generated to add in the viewers' banks who did so.

So, the additional 2000 coins I received were earned from my writing 95 articles, and commenting on YOUR articles. That is the long and short of it.

So, now let us look at what has happened since the 13th...

I have written 18 articles. This will be my 19th article on my 11th day away from home. I have had little time to write, read or comment. It is true that I now have over 700 articles, which others could read, if they were so inspired to do so. But from what I can see, it has been primarily what shows up in daily notifications.

In these past 11 days, I have earned 397 coins (as of this submission). That is an average of 39 coins a day. One day's average is what I have earned by posting articles. I have commented on a few other posts earlier on the trip, so it is probably a good estimate that 300 coins have come from you, and your unique views. That means there are on average 27 coins a day from what others do. I am always grateful for them.

However, I think this is an important thing for us all to understand. It certainly puts things into more perspective for me.

I have heard throughout my life that "you get from life what you put into it."

We each get to make those choices. We cannot blame others for what we do not get. We must look in the mirror and take ownership of what we do (or CAN do) and stop pointing at the "they."

I am ever-reminded of what life teaches us, no matter where we learn the lessons. Whether at PP, or the call center, or anywhere else, workers/people point at others and complain:

"But, I would be more successful if THEY were more cooperative."

"It is too hard to get or earn anything because THEY do not give us the (fill-in-the-blank) incentives I need to make me want to work harder."

There are many other variations of this theme, but this is what I know to be true:

Motivation comes from within.

We may try to influence others, but the choices are ultimately theirs to make. We can ask others for their buy-in for whatever it is that we want, but it will always be the choice of the individual.

Just as it is with the one staring back at us in the mirror.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

114/125 October articles stretch goal; 704 total

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deafdiva wrote on October 24, 2015, 2:29 PM

You are very right! Motivation comes from within! I had some hard times in college but I was still motivated to graduate and I did!

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2015, 2:31 PM

You're absolutely correct here -- we need to look to ourselves and not to others/outside sources for success or failure. There's many ways to be active here, but in the end, it is the posting and even more, the interaction, that spells success whether that's measured in coins earned or the satisfaction of reading and being read by others. Thanks for this valuable reminder. : )

JohnRoberts wrote on October 24, 2015, 3:09 PM

I think the best policy is to go at one's own pace be it your high level to the more casual as myself. It's a matter of comfort level and just maintaining a steady presence. If everyone posted 4 articles a week and 10 comments daily which doesn't sound like much but add it all up and that's healthy participation without PP having to rely on a handful to keep it going.

MegL wrote on October 24, 2015, 3:35 PM

Oh, how true. And I wish I had understood that many years ago in school.

markgraham wrote on October 24, 2015, 4:00 PM

Motivation is the key to doing anything that you do in life. You are motivated and a motivator.

6snowroses.6doves4peace wrote on October 24, 2015, 4:12 PM

Very wise suggestions, Coral. I read and comment and write whenever I can. That's the only real way to be successful in a group like this. It's the same in the other group I belong to. But, as I've said before, I write more for the companionship and friendship I find in these groups more than any other reason.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 24, 2015, 7:42 PM

You are right, we will only get back what we put out. But it is easier to blame others and so people will continue to do so

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 24, 2015, 8:44 PM

All I can say to that is...BRAVO! You have put it quite well and I hope other will read and take note of your counsel and advice. (Okay, so BRAVO was not ALL I could say.)

Paulie wrote on October 24, 2015, 10:44 PM

You are absolutely correct that motivation comes from within. Whenever i have motivated myself, I have been successful. Thanks for sharing a great article!

inertia4 wrote on October 25, 2015, 7:50 AM

The true fact about any site like this is that interaction is the main key to earning. Always has been. I learned that years ago when I first joined MyLot. and it proved positive. So, no matter what site we write on or spend more time on, interaction is the only ingredient that moves us along. Yes, we do need to write posts to keep things fresh. it all goes hand in hand.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 25, 2015, 12:28 PM

Thanks for the encouragement and motivation to keep going here and not to stop.