Blood, sweat, tears and imagination.

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”

-Napoleon Hill

You’ve got to have tough skin in the writing business. If you want your work to get published you’re going to have to show it to people, and it’s only a matter of time before it gets criticized and rejected. Sometimes this criticism and rejection is easy to take, sometimes it’s crushing. Often a writer feels at the total mercy of the agent or publisher to whom they are submitting, like they have no control over acceptance or rejection. A writer might feel like they have the next Harry Potter on their hands, but if an agent is in the wrong mood the day they receive the query, it’s going to get rejected. These feelings are not exclusive to writers either. Anyone who sets a goal in their life is going to experience them.

Enter Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, an inspirational book I’ve been reading recently. I generally steer clear of books like this. I’m not interested in getting rich without any effort, or any advice that tries to convince me that I can. The title of this book is deceiving in that regard. Riches don’t always come in the form of money.

I love this quote, yet at the same time I find it very difficult to swallow. Human beings want tangible evidence that what they are doing is getting results. Thought, motivation, dreams, and faith don’t cut it. We want payoff and we want it now. Test the quote and you will discover its validity. I’m a writer and I’ve studied the lives of successful writers. Their success always starts with their imagination, literally. They never gave up and it has payed off. We see the end result, lots of money and notoriety. We aren’t there to watch them slave away in the corner of their trailer home, at a makeshift desk in between the washer and dryer.

Sometimes we feel like we’ve given all the blood, sweat and tears that we are able. If payoff hasn’t come by now it’s not going to. I know I feel that way sometimes. Study the lives of those who succeed and you’ll find that their greatest triumph happened shortly after their darkest defeat. Maybe it’s your turn.

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Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Aaaaaamen. Success is a completely relative goal. And being in artsy industries, we often don’t get temporal success in a timely, necessary or emotionally healthy manner…but if we love our art, it will come. It’s nice to be reminded of this from time to time. Good quote.


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