I’ve been reading a lot of posts by recently-agented writers lately, and it’s got me thinking about success. What differentiates successful people from the unsuccessful? In an industry where so much is subjective, and so much comes down to chance, how can anyone hope to rise above?
Adding to this train of thought was the quote that appeared on my daily calender at work today:
“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there are things we can do. That successful people — or people who will in the future obtain success — share some similar qualities. And these are qualities I want to adopt.
Lisa Ann Chickos (one of the wonderful recently-agented writers) wrote a post recently about finding three words that represent the person you are, or want to be. This appeals to my goal-loving nature, and I do think there is power in writing something down, committing to it. So what are my three words? What are the qualities that will one day set me apart?
These are the ones I’ve chosen:
Now, I can’t claim that any of these words describe me now. Especially the first two. I find those difficult. But the only way I will succeed in this crazy business is if I can grab onto these words and LIVE them. Become them. Become the person I want to be.
I will be confident in my own abilities. I will stay optimistic in the face of failure and rejection. And I will persist. I will always persist.
So tell me: What are your three words?
Who do you want to be?