with money. You know what I mean. You see ads almost every day promising you’ll
make hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions doing any number of
questionable things. Sure I’m sure somebody makes a million dollars with
network marketing, maybe several somebodies but it’s not what I want to do. How
do I know? Back in the day I tried it – in fact I tried it several times.
me to tears. I really don’t want to spend my working hours talking to people
about soap or vitamins or cell phones. When I finally figured out I didn’t like
it I restored myself to choice. I quit being dazzled by promises that might
even have come true at I’ve kept at it, and started being sure to myself. For
me that’s writing.
imply that if you’re not making six figures are more you’re not successful. Or
if you’re not getting a buck a word, you’re somehow not a good writer, or if
you’re not overwhelmed with new clients every week you’re doing something
wrong. Often these are coupled with ads offering a course or series that
promises you’ll earn at least six figures, or a dollar a word, or have to beat
clients off with a stick… if you only follow their instructions to the letter.
learn something. Unfortunately the lesson has often been that I’ll make more
money selling courses them I will actually writing and marketing my writing.
offer webinars for writers. Although I promise to make some part of your
writing business easier or more effective, I have yet to promise you six figure
income. Don’t hold your breath for that class at least not from me. Giving a
webinar is a kick, although I’ll admit I sometimes drag my feet over the
marketing. But I know I’ve learned some things along the way about writing and
it’s fun to show that off to a group of people in an interactive way. That I
haven’t become a guru on the writing course market circuit does not mean I don’t
consider myself successful. I am successful, my way.
fat check for my writing, I also like taking a walk, spending time with my
grandchildren, sitting in meditation, reading a novel or any of the other
non-income producing things I do. That freedom is one of the things I love most
about freelance writing.
not. I grant you the same privilege. While it’s interesting, sometimes,
to know what others are earning I’d really rather know what they enjoy and what
makes them feel successful. Sure I can always learn something more about my
writing and marketing my writing and so can you. Come to think about it I
consider being my being willing to learn as part of mice feeling of success you
certainly can’t measure it by money.
feel successful in my writing career. The day I actually sent off my first two
magazine queries was a day of triumph. When two printed rejection slips
came back in spite of being disappointed, I also realized I had cracked some
sort of barrier and felt successful as I posted both of them on my bedroom wall
in celebration of actually following through on a dream.
and I published a few books myself. Each one of them made, and still makes me
feel successful in one way or another. My blogs delights me most of the time.
It gives me a chance to interact with other writers – what’s not to like?
is recognizing that how I define success is totally up to me. I remember my mom
telling me that “comparisons are odious.” It took me a long time to really
understand that rather old-fashioned saying. If I’m comparing your income with
mine for the purposes of feeling better about myself or worse about you in any
combination, something’s out with me. A six-figure income sounds delightful.
I’ve even experienced it one or two years or maybe even three or four or more.
I hope to again, as long as I don’t have to work my behind off to get there.
this: “I have enough money to meet my needs and some of my wants consistently.”
someone else’s definition of success usually leads to a sense of failure.
Instead take time to define success for yourself. Be willing to be surprised
and be willing for your definition of change over time.