#CarnivalOfHealth: 8 Freelance Healthcare Writers Offer Their Best Advice For Turning Mistakes Into Learning Opportunities

The truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure.

Every person you admire has walked this road: the Wright brothers, Arnold Palmer, Truett Cathy, Amelia Earhart, Hank Aaron, George Bernard Shaw and Mother Teresa have all experienced failure and learned how to turn it into a stepping stone for success.

Leadership expert Peter Drucker says, “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.” Mistakes really do pave the road to achievement.

Here’s the thing about making mistakes.

Sometimes you know the actions you take will result in a mistake or maybe it might not result in a mistake but if you don’t make the mistake you will always be wondering “what if.”

“What if it does work out for me?”

“What if this is the path that I am supposed to make?”

You will never know unless you take action and make some mistakes along the way.

And it takes confidence to go out there to make mistakes in our life and to be okay with them. I have learned to appreciate them because if it wasn’t for my mistakes, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Wow! What a great turn out we had for our inaugural blog carnival, despite the busy holiday season!

We wanted to give members an opportunity to network with one another (We have an AHHHHHmazing tribe!!), learn about the magic of a blog carnival, and gain traffic to their writer websites.

The inspiration for our topic this month? A desire to leverage the strength and creativity of our community and an inspiring quote our Co-Founder Carol Bush AKA #QueenOfMakingItUpAtSheGoesAlong read one morning:

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde


We are proud to host and launch the #CarnivalOfHealth this month on the topic of turning a ‘mistake’ into an opportunity which moved our business forward. Check out the other healthcare freelance writer posts below for their excellent contributions to this important topic!


Carol Bush

Website: The Social Nurse

Title: Learning to Fail: Turn Mistakes Into Success in 2017

Carol experimented a lot in 2017 with her business. And, the reality is that each adventure is really as demanding for the body & mind as giving birth or running a marathon ! And here are a few realities that we really need to remind ourselves everyday… As launching a new adventure is a journey. And it’s ok to feel overwhelmed when you look at all the mountains that you need to climb every single day.  She has grown her network (and we call her the networking Queen), and has helped writers grow their client bases this past year. She is one dedicated woman, who doesn’t wallow in the fails, but makes them a springboard for success!  In this post, she shares how learning to fail and learning from failure are important parts of a growth mindset.


Jodi McCaffrey

Website: Inspired View Communications

Title: How I Found Myself Unemployed — and Found My Voice

Jodi was laid off this past year and was facing a huge life change. Was she able to start a freelance business and find success? She shares her vision for the future and the stages of grief she went through to get where she is now and how she is going forward for 2018!


Melissa Mills

Website: Making Space

Title: Surviving the Mid-Life House of Mirrors

Melissa was stuck in the beginning of 2017 with discovering who she was and where she wanted to be. She found herself surprised and in limbo…achieving her prestigious Masters degree in Administration and then realizing she was not fulfilled in her job anymore. The constant running around was starting to take a toll on her. She connected with Janine and hired her as a writing coach. She took her advice, and hasn’t looked back. Now, she is moving forward in 2018 with fewer hours at the nursing job, and more writing income than she ever knew she could have.


Vicki Warren

Website: Vicky Warren Writing

Title: For Solopreneurs, Less is More with Social Media

Vicky totally did a shift her in audience and realized who she needed to serve for 2018. She shares her own experience with burnout and how that helped her realize that she needed to focus on what she was good at…social media! She has now created a workbook for solopreneurs…her perfect clients…so she can focus on what she loves and help her clients soar!


Janine Kelbach

Website: Write RN

Title: Mastermind Group : My 2017 MISTAKE turned to SUCCESS for 2018!

This year was a year of transition and experimentation for Janine’s business and she tested a Mastermind group for her own accountability. A lot of research and preparation went into the group, and she came out with a greater mindset, an amazing group of women, and a plan for 2018!


Anne Llewellyn

Website: Nurse Advocate

Title: Lessons and Learning: How I Turned a Major Medical Event into my New Normal

Anne shares how she took medical complications as a cancer survivor and turned them into a a positive for herself and her business. Lots of transitions for her in 2017 led to her focus on helping others grow their businesses. Dealing with the late effects of cancer treatment is challenging.  Anne has such a positive outlook and constantly looks for adaptive ways she can manage her challenges.. Many people could settle on something they didn’t like, but Anne decided that wasn’t good enough for her. She wants to grow herself and her business in 2018 by working on projects that give her purpose.


Maureen Bonatch

Website: Charmed Type

Title: Embrace The Threat of Failure and Move On

Maureen explains the role of overwhelm in her life for 2017. Maureen has twin daughters, and is an author of fiction books. She branched out into freelance writing for nonfiction work this year….in addition to her other nursing job! She shares two lessons she has learned this year and is able to tell Mr. Overwhelm, “not today I have work to do” in 2018.


Cheri Clancy

Website:  CheriClancy.com

Title:  11 Hard Lessons That Made Me More Successful in 2017

Early in 2017, Cheri launched her business as a consultant and keynote speaker. Cheri says, “Although I knew I had the experience and education to endure this journey, I didn’t realize how much I would learn in the process.  For example, I learned that the tactical skills such as building a website, consulting, blogging and participating in speaking engagements are the easy parts. The soft skills such as tenacity, perseverance and attitude are the harder ones to master. ”  Read through her lessons.  My favorite is #5: You’re only as good as those you associate with. 🙂


Annie Donahue

Website: Annie Beth Donahue

Title: It’s Not You, It’s Me: Knowing When to Break Up With a Freelance Client

We’ve all been in some sort of relationship where you had to end it, by being a ‘bad guy’. Sometimes, it’s a friendship, sometimes it’s a romantic relationship, and sometimes it’s a freelance relationship with a client. Annie shares how she had to break up with clients this year and why she did it. A key take away from her post?  Never settle with clients who don’t bring joy and energy to your business!


If you are reading this far, our wish for you is to have the courage and confidence to make mistakes because your mistakes will give you your greatest opportunities.

All in all, launching a business as a freelance writer is a thrilling and unique experience that not every individual gets to have in their lifetime.

Believe me when I say that it is so worth it.

If you’re up for the challenge, I suggest taking the leap of faith and defy your deepest fears of failure and inadequacy. You wouldn’t want to go another day without knowing your potential, right?

We’d love to hear from you!

In the comments below, please share a ‘mistake’ you experienced in your business this year and what you learned from it.

If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018!


3 replies
  1. Millie Elia
    Millie Elia says:

    Indeed the path to success is paved with lessons learned ! My business was still fairly new at the start of 2017 and I was a newly minted certified health and wellness coach ready to take on the world…. or so I thought. Although I had very happily spent my entire nursing career in oncology once I became a health and wellness coach I believed I could , and should, help EVERYONE – no niche required. It wasn’t too long after that I realized not only was that impossible , it was also not productive to moving my business forward as there was no particular person I was speaking to and therefore I wasn’t drawing any kind of audience in particular. The universe was very kind to me though and it wasn’t long before people were directly asking me to speak on what I knew so well and to develop my services around that – cancer care. Lesson learned …. no need to hitchhike around the world if your happiest and at your best at home 🙂

  2. Carol Bush
    Carol Bush says:

    Janine- great job on this round up post! Holy Cow. I have to tell you a secret…I full on cried crocodile tears right in the middle of the bar at Old Chicago when I read some of the submissions! I love the diversity of this tribe and the talented writers who readily share writing tips and support one another in their writing biz! #RisingTidesLiftAllBoats


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