Ok. You wrote a book. That’s great. So have countless other writers. In the age of self-publishing it seems everyone is throwing their hat into the arena for a chance at literary success.
But what exactly is success? Seriously. Is it making enough money to retire on? Is it having your name in lights? Or is success just putting in hard work and being satisfied with the end result. Be it good or bad.
Or maybe it’s just how you decide to look at the big picture from a higher perspective. Nobody will crucify you for trying, yet these days, in our fast-paced lives which are often adapted to fit a fast-paced world, some people are pushing themselves towards unrealistic goals and getting upset when “success” doesn’t arrive conveniently.
To me, success is just the effort that goes into an endeavor, regardless of outcome. I believe if more people viewed success from this higher perspective standpoint, they would realize that success is ultimately the cumulative result of many separate efforts, amassed over time.
Sure, there are those who “hit it big” after one book, album, business deal, or any other endeavor. But these “successes” are usually one-offs. Sometimes victory can ultimately lead to defeat. And defeat, when studied and analyzed, can lead to eventual success. I’ve personally learned more from my setbacks than I have from my successes, and the same rule applies to those of us who meticulously study where we went wrong, and seek to fix it.
So if your first novel or other artistic endeavor fails to generate that elusive six or seven-figure payout, don’t despair. Simply consider it your first setback on the road to success.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.