And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I decided years ago that I don’t want to be average. I want to be fiscally secure, I want to be physically fit, and I want to be a published author. Which means that I can’t just do what the average person does.
It means I budget my money carefully, work out regularly, and do something writing related nearly every day.
The average person might dream about becoming a writer, but she doesn’t do anything about it. She doesn’t take a class, read a craft book, and most importantly, she doesn’t sit down—or stand up—and write.
(I used to be that person.)
And yet, often that same person is certain that someday her dreams could come true. If only she had more time, more money, no job, no kids at home. It never occurs to her that she has to create the time to make it happen.
(That was me.)
Even those who are actively pursuing their dreams can get off track, and before they know it, they’ve spent years writing without any progress.
(I've been there too.)
Supposedly, Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
If you’re not making progress toward your dream, stop and look at your results. Have you finished the book? Are you querying agents? If you’re getting nothing but form rejections have you tried revising your query letter? If you’re getting rejections with feedback have you made revisions, found a critique partner, or hired freelance editor?
Have you started another book?
Average people don’t pursue larger-than-life dreams, and if they do, they easily give them up when the road gets tough. After all, who wants to give up time with friends, time in front of the TV, maybe even time with family, in order to write?
Who wants to spend years of their life writing and revising books that might never be read?
It turns out I do.
And whatever your passion is, I hope that you’re willing to do what it takes to make it happen too.
Because really, how many of us aspire to be average?
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