Learning from those that have come before us is the key to success in life. If you can save yourself the growth pains, you’ll place yourself in the position to capitalize on opportunities earlier, and thus experience a longer period of compound returns.
What’s more, learning from fellow artists in different disciplines helps clarify the fundamentals to focus on. As an independent author, you are a corporation, and it’s vital you learn to manage your assets (the books you produce) accordingly. That means learning to place the financial needs of the business above your personal desires.
Health is the core element of general life quality. There is obviously far more than health, such as self-actualization—a core reason I’m an author—and social network of friends and family, but health directly affects those elements.
Develop a growth mindset and ignore everything else.
Talent X Hard Work X Perseverance X Learning X Luck = SUCCESS
This led to another insight: writing is challenging, not hard. Webster defines challenging as, “arousing competitive interest, thought, or action”, and hard as, “difficult to bear or endure”.
The purpose of this article is to help those authors who are just starting out. Experienced authors who’ve been publishing for some time may find this information redundant or basic. However, I felt that hearing from a new author would help those who’re are still early in their careers like myself. It’s always encouraging to learn from more advance authors, but I’ve always wanted to hear from fellow authors who’re just starting out.
Set aside several hours for setting up your Dragon. Much of the time will be your PC working without you, but it will bog down your computer to where you won’t get much else done. This is not the project to start when you’re in the middle of that manuscript which is due to your editor in three days!