Everyone wants to be successful. I understand that completely. Why is it so hard to achieve something so popular?
Perhaps it’s because too few people are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.
It’s like writing a book. A lot of people say they want to write a book. What they really mean is they want to have written a book because writing a book is a lot of hard work.
After you come up with a story line you have to develop the characters. Then you need to decide on the setting and time period.
Eventually you get to sit down and actually write the story…which takes a long time to do it right.
The first draft usually isn’t very good, but you have something to work with now.
Editing a story can be draining. Every detail is dissected to see if it’s relevant and necessary.
If you have a good team of friends who actually know what makes a great story you’re in luck. Otherwise you have to pay for that help to improve your book.
When you think it’s finally done you send it off to publishers, agents and anybody you think might be interested in what you slaved over for several months or years.
If nobody shows any interest you either revamp this story or start all over again.
That’s why very few people get published.
Thomas Edison spent a lot of time trying to get his electric light bulb working. After several hundred failed attempts his friends tried to get him to move on to something else.
“It obviously isn’t going to work.” they insisted.
“Nonsense,” Edison replied, “I now know of hundreds of ways it won’t work. That’s all.”
I like to think of success as imitating the sun. You get up every morning and paint the sky whether anybody is watching it or not.
You do it because God is counting on you to do it.
That story might not be for the masses to read. It may just be an exercise in obedience to God.
It’s not just writing stories I’m talking about. It’s whatever you do with your life. Do it to glorify God and you’ll be successful whether anyone else appreciates it or not.
Awards might come to you in this life. If not God has something very special planned for you in the next life.
Count on it my friend.
I’ll see you later. Wade