Never give up

9:49 AM

I think Earl Nightingale must have been pretty smart; like many people who pull themselves out of the poverty of their parents. Apparently he grew up in a tent after his father left him and his mother. (Bastard. This was back in the 1930s so I guess this is nothing new...) At any rate, he joined the marines and was on board the USS Arizona on December 7, 1942 (Pearl Harbor, for you out there that don't like history!)

He was inspired by a book by Napoleon Hill called Think and Grow Rich, a book I am thinking about reading myself. It delves into the psychology of the brain that basically goes along with: you are what you think.

I believe that.

If you think are a failure you will always be a failure. If you think you can never make it, you never will. Those who achieve their dreams are the people who stuck with them through thick and thin. Who had a passion so intense to see that dream come true that they just couldn't let it slip by them. Even if it looked like they were never going to make it.

I hear and read all the time that the book market is saturated. There are so many obstacles to becoming a published, known author. Sure people make it, but so many DON'T, the blogs scream at me. But I don't care. I don't begrudge anyone who has made it before me. And I won't get down on myself for now being over thirty and still not having made this dream come true. There is a time and place for it to come true, which I believe is soon. And I don't care what anyone has to say to me about not getting my hopes up or how saturated the market is, or how hard it is to do this. I only have one focus: that it will happen.

The only person who can convince me that this isn't going to happen is me. And believe me, I did that for a few years. I was so down on myself and the obstacles in my way that I let time slip away from  me. I let these voices come into my head that claimed I would never make it.

But then I woke up and saw the reality of my situation: the only one in my way was me. I needed to change my attitude and my thoughts about my dream. I needed to start thinking that it was going to come true. I needed to start talking and writing like it was going to come true. I needed to put myself out there, tell the world that I am going to be a published, known, successful author.

It is uncomfortable for me to give people the chance to laugh at me; to give them a reason to put me down. And believe me, quite a few people just can't keep their opinions or comments about my dream to themselves. They think they are doing me a favor by showing me the reality of it all. They think that I should try but they tell me not to be upset if I fail.

But I don't have failure in my head. It is going to happen. I am not going to look back on the lost time, because really, it wasn't lost. It was filled, just filled with other things. But now is the time for this for my dream. And it is going to happen. And I won't give up even if it takes longer than I expect it to take. I won't give up. I will just keep putting my mind to thinking all about my success and the days ahead when I can call myself a published, known, success author!

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