Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Does This Make You Mad? (Why What Others Are Doing Isn’t Working for You)

Ever seen someone succeed at something and then try it yourself — only to utterly fail? Doesn’t that make you mad?

What was so different from what you did? Why did they see success, and you didn’t? Maybe you failed to ask one important, but often overlooked, question.

Two years ago, I got serious about leaving a job I absolutely hated in pursuit of becoming a full-time writer.

For the first year, I messed around, not taking the work seriously enough. I self-published a book that completely flopped, selling five copies in the first three months — and those were to friends.

After this disaster, I thought about not ever using the Internet or social media again. I was done.