Are You Running a Race or a Marathon?
Author: Tom Blubaugh

In 2011, my novel Night of the Cossack was published. After selling 500+ copies to friends and relatives, I jumped on the Internet with big plans of selling thousands upon thousands books to the entire world. I bulldozed my way into social media.

Then one day someone told me I was in a Marathon–not a race.

I thought of all the times Barbara, my wife, suggested I slow down and smell the roses, enjoy the journey, take my time.

About a year later another person suggested I consider quality instead of quantity–give instead of receive.

Suggesting these things to a workaholic, like me, is like throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire. However, I kept reading it and hearing it from many sources and eventually it sunk in. To my surprise, it worked.

It was really hard at first–in fact it still isn’t easy, but then nothing worthwhile is.

My mind started recalling childhood stories.

  • The Tortoise and the Hare


  • The Little Engine That Could
  • The Aunt and the Grasshopper

Running a race wears me out, tires my brain and causes me to emotionally run in place. Slow is indeed faster in marketing and promotion.

Having a mission statement is a key factor in success.  What is a mission statement?

A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing. The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. Wikipedia.

Every time you have an idea–look at your mission statement and ask yourself if your idea will take you closer to reaching your goals or further away from them.

A saying I read years ago is still true for me–“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” I would rather move 10 feet toward my objective than 100 feet down a detour. Steady, solid movement in the right direction will give you peaceful sleep at night.

Thank you, Barbara.

Change something today to make your tomorrow better.

Tom Blubaugh
Literary Strategist, LLC

1 Comment

  1. Angelique Cooper-McGlotten


    This blog is “on-point!”

    C.S. Lewis once said, progress “means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong [turn], then to go forward does not get you any nearer.” (Mere Christianity)

    Like you, I too “would rather move 10 feet toward my objective than 100 feet down a detour.”

    Blessings to you,


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