“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”
– W. Somerset Maugham
It’s an old cliche but for some reason it always resonates. I need it. You need it. We all need it…….that constant voice telling us that sitting idle is not enough.
That everything worth having takes work, dedication and persistence.
The book won’t write it self.
The body won’t magically shed all of it’s fat.
The promotion won’t just happen becuase we think it should.
We’ve all heard it a 1000 times before.
“Practice makes perfect.”
“Everything worth having takes hard work.”
Blah blah blah.
But there is a critical insight here. It’s the part that most people miss. The part that I miss constantly.
Hard work = winning, but winning is going to look a lot like failure. It’s going to look like losing. And, it’s going to feel like stepping in dog shit day after day for a long time.
The first book you write will be terrible. Your first 10 books may be terrible. It might take 200 auditions before your first role. You may have to try talking to 300 women before one actually responds.
It takes deliberate practice and that in and of itself is the win.
The story behind every great success is a lot of failed attempts. Keep showing up.
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