Welcome to Day 24...
Not sure where the summer went, but it's that time of year again...
Back to school.
And speaking of back to school...I recently read an article by author & business strategist, Jeff Beals. In it he shares the 3 words that can make or break a student's success when they go away to college.
And as Jeff points out, "the keys to college success are quite similar to those of the professional world..."
As far as I'm concerned these 3 words could also make or break your writing career.
Here they are...
1. Responsibility - you must take on total responsibility for your own life. If you miss handing in paper or miss a deadline, it's your fault and your's alone - even if there are outside forces in play.
2. Authority - You and you alone have power over your own life. Spending an extra hour watching TV, on Facebook or sleeping in? That's your choice. So is deciding to spend that hour studying, or writing or marketing. You have the power to decide. Choose wisely.
3. Accountable - As far as all those choices go...you must own the consequences, if they're good or if they're not so good, they are the direct result of your decisions and your actions.
Beals also goes on to explain that the most successful people in the room are the one's that take initiative to make things happen. It's about "living active, not passive lives".
You simply can't sit around waiting for things...great things...to happen in your life. And it really doesn't matter if you're a student, in business or if you're a writer...
The key is taking steps and moving forward. Everyday.
BTW...Before the school year starts, I'm forwarding the article to my kids...if you're interested in reading or forwarding, here's the link.
Just a reminder...My contest for designing my next book cover is still open...Go to Synchronicity or http://www.maggiecollins.net/ now to vote for the best cover picture!
And don't forget today's Take Away Lesson...it comes from Beals, I just took some artistic liberties...
"Like so many things in life, writing requires that you throw your whole self into the experience. Make it your passion. Be a writer with all your heart. There are some things in life that you can do half-heartedly. Writing is not one of them. You need to give it your all and be fully committed."
Here's to Being All In,
365 Days & Counting...