Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare
It seems to me that it is some people’s inexorable destiny to become great. But to most folks, greatness is simply about being determined enough.
The only way out of a struggle is to hustle.
There’s no other way. No substitute for hard work. No shortcut.
Simply put, you can’t climb the ladder to success with your hands in your pockets.
There’s no elevator. Continue reading
It’s a mountain of a dream and a mile-high climb to the top. And what it took me a long time to discover is that I didn’t like to climb much. I just liked to imagine the summit. – The Subtle Art of not Giving A Fuck
We would all like to be something we’re not. We all wake up on certain days, terrified that we are less than what we all dreamed of becoming when we were kids.
That is okay.
The thing is, we all like to imagine having certain results.
We fantasize about being famous or rich or married to someone hot as hell…
We all like fairytales…
The thing is, that’s superficial.
And my definition of superficial is this: you want something without knowing the full range of pros and cons, without being aware of the circumstances and the consequences.
It’s like this: you’d like to be rich, so you win the lottery.
Now you’ve got to worry about what to do with all that money. What to buy, what to invest in, what to do to not lose it all.
You lose a lot of friends, or you might try to keep them by helping them with some money… Continue reading
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
In a way, everything that ever exists in this world was first a word. What you call the Universe is made up of words, not atoms. The people you have loved and lost you keep alive by using words.
What you think you are, what others think of you… words.
What you tell yourself, what you tell others… words.
If words didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be much. Maybe we wouldn’t be anything at all. Continue reading
It’s been almost six years since I decided to become a full-time creative. To write, to self-publish, to blog, to vlog, to create all sorts of content, and work on all sorts of crazy ideas.
Six years ago I chose this because I wanted my words to change the world.
What happened along the way? How did this journey change me?
What are the struggles of being a full-time creative?
Well, let’s find out…
They don’t say pressure builds diamonds for nothing
Psychologists claim that uncertainty is the most painful thing we have to go through. How we deal with the uncertainty of life determines our success.
That being said, being a full-time creative means that you do not have a fixed income.
Sometimes you earn a lot of money, sometimes you don’t.
I often say that people should set short time achievable goals and crazy long term dreams. The thing is, we live in a world of small steps. Even though we don’t like to admit it, even though we often choose to search for a shortcut, progress is an extremely slow process. Excruciatingly so at times.
So it’s understandable that this year I set out to write. That’s the most important thing a writer can do. Then, I wanted to sell a few books. Not a precise number… I just wanted to sell a few books. Self-publishers know how difficult it is to sell just one copy of your book. Not ten, not a thousand, just one. Continue reading
Voice is one of the most important elements of any great writer. No doubt about it.
Without a unique “voice”, they wouldn’t have had so many readers.
But what is this voice, exactly? And how can you make it come through in your writing?
Well, let’s think of voice. Some have a deep tonality, a certain way of articulating words. They have a style. They talk like no one else you ever met. Others have this squeaky voice that sounds like scratching a blackboard with your fingernails, and even though what they’re saying could make a lot of sense, and it could be something witty and smart, you can’t wait for them to shut up, because you can’t understand a thing they’re saying anyway.
Well, the same is true for your writing. No one can hear you, but they can feel you through the words you use and how you choose to use them.
Odds are that you are struggling to find your voice as a writer. To find that style. Odds are that you are also putting a lot of pressure on yourself to be unique. To write like no one else before you.
If only you knew how simple it really is.
You just got to write like yourself.