In our culture, we’ve been taught that life is supposed to be hard. The narrative of the American dream always includes a long period of hard work and struggle and heartbreak before success. We are taught that the struggle is the path to success. If you consider the rags-to-riches stories we are so familiar with in our culture, it sounds as though people just kept pushing and struggling until they finally got their big break. We tend to latch on to the parts about homelessness, rejection, abuse, and bankruptcy because it seems unbelievable that the wildly successful stars and businesspeople we know today could have ever experienced that level of adversity.
There’s a reason I love entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are hungry — and the successful ones aren’t afraid to dream big. You talk to any startup founder, and usually you’ll walk away feelings strangely energized…or downright exhausted. Many of the entrepreneurs I know think, work, and talk a mile a minute. They have lots of ideas, and … Continue reading Want to Make It as a Writer? Raise Your Standards for What Is Possible
It’s inevitable in any creative career: No matter how hard you work, no matter how great your writing is or how well-placed your niche, there will be times when it feels as though you just can't get traction. Maybe you’re struggling to complete your first novel. Maybe you have been fielding one rejection after another. … Continue reading How to Stay Positive as a Writer When You Just Can’t Get Traction
This week I’ve been reading “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. It’s a little book I picked up by chance last week when I was looking for something else. It was originally published in 1978, but it is a timeless classic in personal development. Creative visualization is, in Gawain’s words, “using your imagination to create what … Continue reading How Writers Can Use Creative Visualization to Manifest Their Best Work