This is going to sound lame, but I have an aversion to doing anything where failure is a possibility.
Its a huge flaw, I know, but I've spent the majority of my 39 years only doing things I felt had a high potential for success.
If hard-work or natural talent ensured my success, I was in. Headfirst.
If luck, developing a new talent or relying on someone else ensured my success though, I was out. I wasn't even dipping my pinky-toe in to test the water.
I'm trying to change that though because I think some really great things can come out of vulnerability and failure. At worst, its a great opportunity for growth. At best though, its fertile ground for humility.
So I'm in...or at least I'm trying to be...
I just joined a softball team and am guaranteed failure because no amount of practice can make up for my lack of natural talent.
We lost our first game 39 to 5 and I found myself turning around in circles multiple times during the game, trying to figure out where the ball went after a grounder bounced right between my knock-knees and my pigeon-toes.
I'm not giving up though.
In fact, we've got a double-header on Sunday and I can't wait.
And I decided to do this Clickin-Moms give away thing again, even though I couldn't guarantee its success this time around.
And lets just say it's not going so well.
In fact, I think theres only been about 55 sign-ups (and we need 300 by April 31st in order for me to give away those prizes.)
I'm not giving up though.
In fact, I think we still have a good chance of making it happen, but it's going to take you guys telling other people about it on your blogs, on your Facebook pages and when you Tweet or Twitter or whatever you call it. You just need to tell a lot of people if you want a chance of winning.
I know I mentioned it before, but here's how this whole thing will work...
If 300+ NEW members sign up on Clickin Moms using the Clickin Moms button on the far left side of my blog prior to April 30th, I will do a drawing and will pass along the following prizes to the winners:
- If 10 new members sign up, I'll give away one $25 Starbucks gift card
- If 25 new members sign up, I'll give away one $50 Amazon gift card
- If 50 new members sign up, I'll give away one $100 CMstore gift card
- If 100 new members sign up, I'll give away one CMworkshop of your choice or $300 cash
- If 200 new members sign up, I'll give away one Apple 16gb iPad or $500 cash
- If 300 new members sign up, I'll give away one Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 body or $3000 cash
In addition to all that though, I get a 25% commission for anyone who signs up and I'm going to buy one or two lucky winners a whole bunch of camera gear with that commission check.
So to clarify...in order to be entered, you have to register as a NEW member on Clickin Moms for 6 or 12 months using the Clickin Moms button that is in the far left hand column of my blog. (It's the square icon that says "Clickin Moms, A passion for photography.")
If you click on that button, it will take you to the Clickin Moms home page and from there you'll click the 'join' icon and can select a 6 month ($30) or 12 month ($50) membership. Once you complete your registration, you will AUTOMATICALLY be entered into the drawing. (Renewed accounts don't count - sorry, it's not my rule! And trial memberships do not count either - sorry, that is my rule!)
So if you've been wanting to sign yourself or a friend up on Clickin Moms, now is a great time to do it (and even if you're not all that interested in joining Clickin Moms, consider it a raffle with really good odds of winning!)
I'll announce the winners on May 3rd.
Oh, and to answer a few questions people had...
1. Yes, you will still be entered if you use the 10% off code (FRIEND).
2. Yes, you can enter no matter where in the world you live.
And if it's not a success and I'm not able to give away those prizes?!? You and I will both survive it and we won't be any worse off for trying.
And a couple of photos...
I was taking pictures of Courtney the other day only to turn around find Annie making faces at her.
And when Courtney returned the same expression, Annie pointed and screamed, "Mommmmmmmmm, Courtney is making rude faces at me!"
It was so annoying (but somehow the photos make it look so cute).