Reposting from the Crooked Table
I wrote this in August 2008 and it still rings true!
How bad do you want your dreams to come true?
This was a question asked of me recently and it actually freaked me out. I didn’t really know how to answer the question. It made me think about what the question really meant. Here’s what I came up with.
Because of what my dreams and goals are…
How bad do you want to be published? If you don’t want it bad enough it simply will not happen. Sitting on your ass talking about a book idea, a screenplay or even an article will get you nowhere fast! To make it happen you gotta get your butt in the chair, write it, edit it and shop it. You have to WANT to eat, breathe and sleep it to make it. Don’t want it bad enough? Then move on. Half assing anything is not worth it.
How bad do you want to be known? Once the book is written and edited you have to market the crap out of it! There is no excuse to not turn yourself into a brand that you are trying to advertise! Steven King is a brand, Danielle Steele is a brand, JK Rowling is a brand and without a successful marketing plan, they never would have gotten to be household names!
How bad do you want to retire/be financially independent? You have to decide now how much you need to retire or to be financially independent and then set all tracks towards that goal. Just like everything else though, if you don’t eat, breathe and sleep it, it’s over.
In case you haven’t figured it out 🙂 My goals are to be well known, get books published and be financially independent. If I don’t want it bad enough I know it’s not going to happen. Other people telling me to make it happen won’t help! I have to pump myself up and make it happen.
So, figure out what you want and decide if you want it bad enough to make your desires come to fruition!