I recently interviewed Trace Haskins, who is an outstanding copywriter, serial entrepreneur and also founder of of the successful business DoodleVideoDude.com. He’s also an accomplished motivational trainer. Motivation is something all writers struggle with. I know I do. So I asked Trace to name his top 3 recipes for writing success. I share them with you here:
1: Figure out what you really want. You’re going to die one day. It’s grim but it’s true. Your time and presence on this earth really is limited. Literally every single minute counts, so figure out how you can use your writing to really create your legacy and create an impact on the world. You can then leave something that will live beyond your time here. Something that has the potential to inspire, motivate or entertain people long after you’ve gone. Don’t waste a second. If you really want to be a writer, you need to understand this every single day and not waste a moment. Turn off the TV and write instead.
2: Surround your self with mentors. It doesn’t matter if that mentor is virtual, it can be authors you like to read that you learn a lot from or even audio programmes that you listen to. Any kind of mentoring is really powerful. You might know people that you look up to that you can model for success. Take in the wisdom of these mentors over and over and make it a daily commitment to learn with no exceptions. Don’t assume you know it all. You don’t. If you want to be successful, hang out with successful people. Successful people know they can learn from others and commit to continuing learning and growing. Make a commitment to study the writers you admire.
3: Be persistent and never give up on your dreams and your goals. Often we want success to happen overnight. Eventually that ‘overnight success’ will come, but often it will take a few months or even a few years to get to that so called ‘overnight success’. But boy, it’s worth it once you get there. Getting started with your book or your business is the hard part, but then once you are persistent and keep going at it, every day and every week, making little baby steps, as long as you are moving forward, you’re getting that thing started and getting momentum going. Once you get momentum going, it’s just a matter of time till you really start to make quantum leaps and start to accomplish everything that you set out to accomplish. Don’t give up!
Powerful advice that can be applied equally to writing or any pursuit in life. Don’t waste your time, surround yourself with mentors and don’t ever give up on your dream.
What strategies do you use to keep motivated? Write a comment below.