Doing something well always requires your time and focus. It’s rarely easy to stay focussed. There are always other tasks competing for our time. But all these things can serve as distractions that keep us from the work we should be focussing on.
Passion and practice. Those are two ingredients required for your success. Without passion, the work feels rote and mundane. Without practice, it gets sloppy. You need both.
“If you don’t like my book, I’ll buy it back from you.”
That’s what I tell every single negative Amazon review I’ve ever responded to.
If you bought a car and it didn’t work right, you’d bring it back to the dealership. If you bought a cell phone, and it didn’t do all the amazing things the ad said it would do, you’d want a refund. Right?
So why don’t authors do this with their books when people don’t like them?
The writing life is difficult but it doesn’t take a special person. If you have a good work ethic, a reasonable amount of talent, and are pretty driven, you can write a book.
For the longest time, I wouldn’t chase my dream. I’d regularly give objections for why I wasn’t doing what I was meant to do. And it ate me up inside.
We all face the same excuses in moving towards our dreams, and when we stare those enemies down, they become powerless — or at least a lot less intimidating.