I just read a perfect example of how dangerous it is to listen to the stupidity of discouragememt. My Blackberry went off signaling a message from a Linkedin group of writers. One guy asked the group for opinions about whether it was a good idea to write a memoir about how he overcame extreme obstacles. Some fool wrote back that no one would be interested unless the writer was a celebrity. Typical idiotic negativity. I wrote to the guy who asked for the initial advice and told him to never be dissuaded by self-professed experts who try to convince you not to do something just because the odds are too big. I strongly urged him to write his book and publish it because itâ€™s his calling.
If you believe that you should write a book, write itâ€¦if youâ€™ve got the strength and stamina to finish. Over 90% of manuscripts never get finished. Or started. If I had listened to conventional negativity, I never would have written any books. If I had waited for encouragement, I never would have written any books. The majority of what Iâ€™ve ever personally been told about writing and publishing is depressing.
The good news is that Iâ€™ve learned a number of lessons from this mess:
1. Never wait on external encouragement to start moving toward your goals. Just get started. Make your own encouragement. Be fearless.
2. Never, ever let anyoneâ€™s foolish discouragement get inside your head. Never make the mistake of letting anyone plant the seeds of self-doubt inside your mind.
3. Just because something is extremely hard to do doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t do it.
4. Follow your heart. Your calling is serious business.