I’m working on a new novel and the writing process is not an easy one. Every day I set a writing goal and fail to meet it, every time I get distracted and want to start another story instead, every time I wonder if I have it in me, I question if this is really what I want to do. I think I should be done already. I consider changing it into a short story or a novella. The internal battles are the hardest ones to fight. But every time I think about quitting, I am reminded of other people who have worked to develop their gift, and the stories they tell. There are no accidental success stories, otherwise their memoirs would read only pages long. Successful people overcome! They tell tales of plodding through loss, poverty, opposition, rejection, failures over and over again. I think everyone wakes up with doubts. Can I really do this? Is this going to work or is it just a pipe dream? If we all have doubts, what is the real difference between those who quit and those who find success? Successful people overcome. These are 3 habits of successful people I am adopting today:
- Just keep pushing: J.K. Rowling, arguably one of the most successful writers of our time, is also well known for having lost her mother, gotten a divorce and living on state benefits while she worked on her first Harry Potter novel. But write she did, producing 10 of the most sought-after books of the last 20 years.
- How you spend leisure time can be just as important as your job: As a 13-year-old middle school student, Bill Gates spent his free time writing computer programs and used up the entire year’s allowance of computer time in just a few weeks. When his parents grew concerned over his fanaticism and banned him from using the computer, he spent his time reading the biographies of other successful people who inspired him. So when he was ready to work on the computer again, he was returning to his craft armed with not just renewed invigoration but also with new perspective.
- Take advantage of every situation: Steve Jobs couldn’t afford to stay in college and dropped out after a few months. But he stuck round and used his status as a past-student to visit classes and learn new things like calligraphy, that he could incorporate into his life. He credits that single calligraphy class with inspiring typefaces and fonts on early versions of the Mac. (No judgment but I wonder what the other students did with the information they got in class that day.)
There are no accidental success stories. In his book, Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success, Steve Harvey says that successful people fail a lot because they are constantly trying new things – they prefer to try and fail than to miss out an opportunity. So no matter how hard this process is, no matter whether my novel is considered awesome or mediocre when I’m done, I’m writing it. It’s taking a lot longer than I imagined, it’s much harder than I thought it would be but I’ve learned a lot about myself and about life during the process, so it’s already worth it. And maybe this will be part of my “accidental” success story. Follow me on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter