Children are born utterly helpless and dependent. Parents prepare for months in advance, but the real work begins after they leave the hospital. Once the kid is born, you have to raise it. A book is no different.
Many authors think after a book is written all the hard work is over. But writing a book is like giving birth to a baby. A baby can’t take care of itself and neither can a book. Both require supervision.
Much like parenting, the book launch process is an arduous and rewarding journey. You’ve produced a living thing, but now you’ve got to make sure it survives and thrives.
Hamsters are the spirit animal of most entrepreneurs. They “spin their wheel” trying to hustle, but never make any progress. They end up burned out and sweaty. Pursuing a passion requires a little more than hustle.
When you see other people chasing a dream, it’s natural to think they had it easy from the start. You imagine they were born with a camera, football, or typewriter in their crib. Reality tells a different story.
Just like no one sits in the driver’s seat for the first time and instantly maneuvers a car like Dale Earnhardt, no one begins pursuing a passion and becomes a legend out of the gate.
Your fingers tremble with adrenaline as you grip each hold. Each time your foot slips your heart jumps a little higher. At last you’re on the edge of conquering the peak. But, instead of reaching the summit, the guide tells you, “No, this mountain isn’t for you. Go back down.”
The death of a dream hurts. You invest your heart and energy toward climbing a mountain you thought was yours only to face rejection at the top. What separates you from the rest of the dejected climbers is how you learn from failure and tackle a new mountain.
I believe everyone has a calling. But the way you find that calling just might surprise you. This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy and I talk about the myths we believe about finding your calling. Listen in as we debunk those lies we tend to believe, so that maybe you, too, can take another step closer to your purpose.