March 28, 2016 BLOG, WRITER'S CIRCLE4


One thing I learned years ago is if you’re not sure about something, ask anyway. You will get one of only two possible answers, right? Sure, you might get a “no” but if you don’t ask, you have nothing! And if you get a “yes”? Well hey then! So I say, ask away!

So I asked for permission to use articles, verbatim, by one of the writers I most admire,  JAMES ALTUCHER. If you’re not familiar with James Altucher, you can meet him here on his ABOUT page. Seriously, this guy blows me away. He’s funny, witty, sometimes self-deprecating, but talk about rich, not just financially…though he seems to have succeeded there too…but rich in the wisdom he’s gained along the way to success and which he shares daily with his followers. And he sure has lots of those, including me. There’s a link to subscribe to his newsletters at the bottom of his website. Do it. You won’t regret it. James keeps me inspired and motivated. That’s why I want you to meet him and why I posted one of his newsletter posts below.

All of which brings me back to where I started. Remember I said if you’re not sure, ask anyway? Well I’ve just proved to you my statement is true. I asked James’ people to use his material and got a “Yes!” Next time you’re not sure about something, ask anyway. It works! And now, with pleasure, I give you a taste of JAMES ALTUCHER.

And by the way, James is the author of many books. I love his books in the “CHOOSE YOURSELF” series and have two of them. You can read up on James’ books and click through to buy them on his BOOK PAGE HERE. 

Are You A Somebody? Or Are You Just Waiting For One

By James Altucher


When you wait for a “somebody,” you’ll be a nobody.

Bukowski wrote every day for twenty years without any hope of publishing. He sent out his poems to the smallest literary journals. He’d give readings in bars and classrooms on his own dime.

Finally, John Martin from Black Sparrow Press offered to pay him $100 a month. Bukowski quit his job at age 49, accepted the offer, and began his first novel.

One month later he finished, “Post Office,”  and it instantly became a bestseller, launching a massive career.

Could he have done it earlier? Of course. $100 a month didn’t really mean anything to him.

It was the 20 years of daily work without hope for compensation that enabled him to act when the time was right.

It was the 10 years of doing readings and self-publishing “chapbooks” and appearing in small literary journals.

It was dealing with all the rejection and failure along the way. It was reading every writer that he admired over and over again.

It was dealing with all the critics that hated his work. He hated his life but loved writing.

All of this while working 9 hours a day at a job he hated and then writing all night.

It’s hard to get “chosen” to succeed. Nobody will do it for you. There are no magic blessings from the gatekeepers.

It’s even harder to put in the work by yourself and lonely and struggling.

But then it works. Choosing yourself, without expectation, is the formula. He said, “I’m going to do this.”

Then everything clicks. You never look back.


4 thoughts on “NOT SURE? ASK ANYWAY!

  1. Cindy Keiger

    March 28, 2016

    I’ve been out of town, so I’m just now checking out your new website. Impressive! And James Altucher is impressive, too. Thanks for sharing and continuing to be an inspiration to so many.

    • Viga Boland

      March 28, 2016

      Thanks for checking out Vianvi Cindy. I look forward to your contribution when you are ready to write one for us, Just check the ABOUT and SUBMISSIONS pages before submitting. And I hope you;ve subscribed to the VIANVI BLOG

  2. Daliah Husu

    March 28, 2016

    This is an inspiring story, one that I admire and relate to. It’s fascinating how much we must endure in order to reach a high level of success. I think that in a way, James represents all of us who are currently working a job we hate and making time to write daily. I certainly relate to that, and it propels me forward to excel as a new writer. James’s story is admirable and it proves that perseverance is the key to succeeding as a writer.

    • Viga Boland

      March 28, 2016

      James is amazing Daliah and so prolific. I don’t know how he does it but I just love reading his uplifting motivating posts. I’m so glad you recognize that he speaks for us all and that we can all aspire to be like him.

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