You know that question that inevitably follows after you’ve told someone you’re a writer: “So, what do you write?”
I used to tell people I was a journalist, but that’s not entirely accurate anymore. At some point, I started saying I’m an author. I’ve also used “I run a creative business.”
All of those answers seem inadequate. And boring.
Because what I do is fun.
I write books. I tell stories. I hang out with cool people and show them how to make more money using just their words. I create products. Run communities. I take incidents from my daily life and turn them into wisdom.
And I get to do it working fewer than four hours a day. (Watch out for tomorrow’s email, in which I’ll explain how.)
I’ve come to realize that the more creative you are, the more you succeed, and the more freedom you have in your life (to travel, to work by the beach, to play video games in the middle of the day), the less people will understand what you do and how you do it.
Most people don’t even believe it’s possible, let alone that it’s available to them.
So if that’s what you’re working towards?
Don’t expect people around you to understand it.
Don’t expect them to support you.
Don’t expect them to give you kudos for trying to break out of the mould.
When you’re struggling, they’ll pity you for chasing stupid dreams. And when you succeed, they’ll tell you that you got lucky.
Instead, remember this quote by Sir Colin Rex Davis, an English conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra:
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.
You won’t know you’ve made it until you’ve made it.
So might as well have fun along the way.
The creative life is worth living. It’s worth fighting for. Win or lose, it’s worth it in the end.
True freedom comes at a cost, but by the time you get there, you don’t even mind paying.
My ticket out of normality was creative entrepreneurship.
It feeds your curiosity.
Gives you control over your storytelling.
Allows you to impact hundreds of thousands of people.
And, if you do it right, works fast.
Go here to take your writing career to the next level: