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Are You Starving for Writing Success?

by Jennifer on September 10, 2009

By Jennifer Blanchard

Yesterday at my company’s annual “Fall Campaign” kickoff event, former NBA player, Walter Bond, gave a motivational speech to help encourage the sales people (and everyone in the room, for that matter) to be confident and go out there and make sales.

Bond’s speech was very in-your-face with truth and reality. This is what made his speech so effective, at least for me.

As many of you know (and as was pointed out in a recent review of this blog), I tend to approach this blog in that same manner: being a little in-your-face with truth. I do this because I believe in telling it like it is. Sure, some people may like things sugar-coated for them, which is fine.

But only truth will set you free.

Bond’s speech gave a lot of good advice that can be applied to your writing career:

  • You Must Have Confidence–When Bond played high school and college basketball, he said his teammates’ confidence always fluctuated. Some days they were confident, other days they didn’t think they could do it.

    He said the difference between playing high school/college ball and playing in the NBA was confidence. Not once, he said, did his NBA teammates’ confidence fluctuate. That’s what made them successful. That’s what got them into the NBA.

    “Confidence is arrogance under control,” Bond said.

  • No Pity Parties–‘I don’t have time to write.’ ‘I am blocked, I don’t know what to write about.’ ‘I’d already have a book published, but my life is too busy.’ Bond said that people who throw themselves pity parties are weak-minded.”

    A pity party is when someone meditates on the wrong thing over and over and over again,” he said.

    Bond then went on to say that 90 percent of your life is great, and 10 percent sucks, so why place your focus on the 10 percent? He said most people do.

  • If You Quit, You’re Done–“If you quit when the going gets tough, you’ll never make it,” Bond said. I agree. If you don’t push through tough times and keep on going, you’re dead where you’re standing.

In order to be successful, Bond said you “Must have an appetite for success the same way in which a person who is hungry will not stop until they have eaten.”

“Suck it up. Go for it. Get tough,” Bond said. “Only the strong survive.”

Tough love, but good advice…do you agree or disagree, and why?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison September 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I totally agree! The only way to do anything, including write, is to do it confidently, believe in yourself, and most importantly keep on doing it! I think every writer struggles with doubts, especially at times when everything is getting rejected, but you can’t let those doubts turn into pity parties or the work will suffer. Writing must be approached like any job that you are passionate about. You can’t think of it as a hobby or something you do in your “spare time.” It’s work!

I like Bond’s advice to “get tough!” Write stuff, submit it, take rejection and criticism well but not to heart, and then write some more.

Great post! Just the bit of motivation I needed this afternoon. 🙂

2 Brittany September 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I agree. This is really helpful and true advice.

3 Indian Book Publisher September 14, 2009 at 4:04 am

If we began to observe things around us and read frequenly enough, then we can feel the urge to write. Mixing with people and being a newsmonger can pep up a writer’s spirit and can make his/her writings more contemporary and relevant. A writer needs to connect with his readers in as many possible ways.

4 Karen Sills July 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

THANKS FOR THE REMARKS ABOVE. I HAD SOMEONE PUT MY STORY DOWN SO BAD I JUST TOLD THEM THAT I DID IT FOR FUN. BUT NOW IT’S MY WORK, MY DREAM, MY JOB!!!

5 jblan July 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

@Karen Sills Congratulations!!

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