Life is not always straightforward. Those who are courageous ask enough of the right questions to better understand themselves, their purpose and their career. If you aspire for success and longevity in the writing business, you also need to ask yourself some critical questions—and answer them honestly. This will help you make the right decisions and take the right actions that bring better outcomes. Here are thought-provoking questions you should ask yourself today.
Not everyone is cut out to be a writer. Listen to that little voice in your gut and you will know if you were truly meant to write.
Writing, like any other craft, requires dedication, hard work and effort to grow and develop. If you are good at making excuses, you will hardly be good at anything else—not even writing.
You can either let fear kill your zeal to live a full life, or you can rise above fear and demonstrate courage to reach for your dreams. It’s all up to you.
Things won’t always go the way you want or plan so it is important to prepare for the stormy days. However, realize that the worst thing that can happen rarely does.
Writers face many rejections. How well you do as a writer will also depend on how well you recover from past rejections and bruised confidences.
Every moment is an opportunity to improve your situation and future. If the things you are doing right now are not helping you improve, they are likely hurting you.
You grow and edge closer to realizing your goals and dream by taking little, deliberate actions-steps day by day, over and over for as long as it takes.
Your daily routines determine how quickly you can reach your goals and dream. If you feel like you’ve been stuck in the same place for too long, it’s probably time to change your routines.
As Jim Rohn famously said, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Understand that you are better off alone than surrounded by people who bring you down.
Adding value to others has a ripple effect that brings good fortunes to you. It even feels much better to give than to receive, especially in our world today that is incredibly selfish and opportunistic.
If your heart is in the right place, you will be happy with what you do and who you are right now.
Happiness and success aren’t always proportional to your paycheck or how many friends you have. They are about something more. You can have all the money in the world and still be miserable.
The last thing you want to do is reach the end of your life and realize you succeeded at all the wrong things. Or, worse, gave up too soon and left an unexpended effort that might have changed the world.
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MacLeod presents some witty keys for creative success, including "ignore everybody. Why should you "ignore everybody"?
Because, he writes, nobody else can tell you whether your idea is worthwhile. People can give you advice, but at the end of the day, it's your decision. The more original an idea, the less helpful the advice is going to be.
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