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9 Inspirational Quotes to Get You Writing

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

~Dale Carnegie


What do you want: The pain of staying where you are, or the pain of growth?

~Judith Hanson Lasater


You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.

~Paulo Coelho


How often do you think we write our own ending before the story is even finished? How often do we give up on ourselves when our lives are just starting? Things get hard and we immediately back away and assume that means we’re going in the wrong direction, doing the wrong thing. If anything, when the waters get thick, that’s our sign to keep going.

~Rachel Van Dyken


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

~Dale Carnegie


If I’ve learned one lesson from all that’s happened to me, it’s that there’s no such thing as the biggest mistake of your existence. There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.

~Sophie Kinsella


I am not a product of circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

~Stephen Covey


The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

~Unknown


Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

~Thomas Edison

 

 

The Pain of Progress

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That ache you feel in your muscles, in your mind, in your soul is not illness. It is an awakening. It is progress. It’s telling you things are changing for the better.

Continue to do those things that are out of your comfort zone. It is you growing as a person, an artist, a human being. Do them long enough until they become your new habit, your new way of living. Do it until this becomes your new comfort zone.

Then begin to do new things outside of your comfort zone…

Writing Every Day and Deadlines

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Happy Leap Day, February 29th

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Now that my network issues have remarkably resolved themselves, I can once again post to this blog.

Even though I haven’t been online since last Friday, I’ve been writing every day. I’ll have to post the handwritten notes I kept later on.

Not only did Hugh Howey talk about the importance of blogging every day in his Guaranteed Success Writing Plan, but so did Seth Godin in his recent interview with Tim Ferris. After only two weeks of writing every day, I get it.

  1. It gets me back in the habit of writing. It sets me up to feel bad if I don’t do it, like there’s something unfinished, incomplete.
  2. It gives me the sense of having to meet a deadline. I am used to deadlines in the corporate world. Whether they are real deadlines, or just arbitrary ones set up “just because,” they do work. Having a deadline gives you a sense of urgency to get things done before time runs out. The mind perceives that if it doesn’t get a task done in time, there are negative consequences involved.

That negative consequence? A feeling of failure.

Nobody likes to feel like they’ve failed, especially when they knew it was an easy deadline to meet. Failure is not a good feeling. We also know deep down that making excuses is just a lame way to cover up that feeling of having failed.

The combination of writing every day and meeting a deadline is a great habit muscle to build – especially if I’m working to be an Authorpreneur.

The Choices We Make

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I have a friend who is a very good and decent person…and I can’t help but feel bad for my friend. After my friend left my house recently, someone else I know saw my friend in a store picking up a few things, This person told me my friend, “looked incredibly sad.”

My friend didn’t give that impression when they were at my house, but knowing their very tough situation, it’s plausible. This friend deserves better, but most of the decisions and choices my friend has made has led to where this person is now – as it has for most of us.

How do you help a person who makes a lot of poor choices? Propping them up only enables them more than helps them. It comes down to the parable of showing them how to fish instead of just handing them one. But where do you start when they have a negative mindset and blame circumstances instead of the choices they make?

 

1980

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1980

Today I picked quarter up off the ground, and just happened to look at the year on the coin. It said 1980, and that made me smile.

That was a big year for me, a good year. The 70’s were over, and we were facing a brand new decade. The music and clothing styles were changing, and so were the attitudes of the younger generation.

I graduated from Lindenhurst High School, on June 20th, 1980. (Thirty years to the day, it was Father’s Day, the day I lost my older brother, but that’s another story)

That year I was finally done with high school. The summer was here and I was free!

I drove a blue 1965 Impala, and my friends and I went to the beach in it whenever we had the chance, and we had a lot of chances that summer. I had a job at a machine shop, but they were closed every Friday, so I took advantage of those three-day weekends to have as much fun as I could.

Back then the legal drinking age in New York was still 18, and we did drink. We bought beer and hung out at the shore, or a friend’s house. We bought beer at the ball games in Shea Stadium, or went to bars and ordered them.

The thought then was if we were old enough to be in the military, then we were old enough to drink. This thinking was reinforced by the fact that Selective Service was recently enacted. Young men everywhere thought the draft was going to come back and we’d ended up going to war with Iran, or Russia. Thankfully, none of that came about.

I attended Nassau Community College in the fall, and reinvented myself. Back in high school, I wasn’t popular at all. In college, no one knew me. There were no preconceived ideas or notions about me at all. I made a point of stepping out of my comfort zone and engaged lots of other kids.

I quickly found myself a popular member of a large clique of people my age – including girls. All of a sudden, girls were interested in me, wanted to be around me, and be with me. Life was good.

There were frat parties, there were beer hall parties, there were parties at Hofstra University up the street, and there were parties at clubs. Oh we did some school work, but we mostly socialized and partied that first semester.

I didn’t learn much academically that first semester, but I learned tons about myself. With the rich experiences I had, my confidence and self-esteem to soared, I gained a real sense of independence, and built tons of lasting memories.

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