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In this episode, we discuss:
- The difference between writers/musicians/artists who “make it” vs. those who don’t
- The 10,000 hour rule and the definition of insanity
- You’ve got to learn through trial and error…
- When to just buckle down and stick to it, and when to change direction (big OR small)
- How focused to be
- How diversified to be
- Know who you’re taking advice from (successful? Failure?)
- My story: 2007
- The story behind the piano solo, If You Could Hie to Kolob
I heard an interesting interview with a bobsledder. He was talking about a ride where one of the major turns went incredibly well, and then, almost without warning, the sled flipped, and the crew was going down on their heads.
Being the one responsible for leading into the turns, he apologized to his teammates, who asked what went wrong.
“I did turn twelve so well that I lost sight of turn thirteen.”
Photo by familymwr on flickr
How easy it is for writers to make the same mistake; after experiencing a small success, to get lazy with the next thing. It could be a well written chapter, a book that was accepted for publication, or even a brilliant signing. When confidence clouds vision, and you become lazy with with your discipline, technique, or schedule, you crash. A great turn, though invaluable, is not the finish line.
How to Prevent Missing Turn Thirteen
Let a successful turn refine your focus, rather than distract you from it. You should be grateful, and celebrate—but don’t look back. When things go well, work harder. Instead of softening your grip, tighten it, and let the momentum of your mini-success propel you into complete success.