NOT SURE? ASK ANYWAY!
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
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.