Over the last six years of trying to achieve the dream of becoming a published author, I’ve thought a lot about motivation. About what keeps us die-hard writers pushing through rejection after rejection (I’ve faced 100’s) to write book after book (BLOOD MOON was my fourth attempt), all in some mad hope that ONE DAY our stories will make it into the hands of readers.
I think it comes down to two things: passion and discipline. But is one more important than the other?
I’m going to say yes. An emphatic yes!
Lots of people are born with or discover a passion. Something we can’t live without, something that is directly rooted in our souls. That is passion. For writers, for me, that is creating and telling stories. For as long as I can remember, words have been fire in my veins.
But without the the discipline to mold that passion into success, the fire will putter out under the stress of real life and become a hobby or just ‘something I like’ or ‘used to do.’
On the road to success, passion is the car and discipline the gas. Passion gives us a direction and a reason to go, to move, to try. Discipline to work at it every day, even when it’s hard, frustrating, ridiculous, is the means by which we push forward and arrive.
The two men behind the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, had a passion for inspiring others. They took their small idea and created a book. The book was published. But they did the work of turning it into a success. When the first book was published, they committed to doing five things EVERY DAY to help get the book on the New York Times bestseller list. Their sales now total in the BILLIONS.
Without discipline we get NOWHERE. The discipline to work hard is the difference between being successful and being average. So in a fight to the death, DISCIPLINE takes the prize every single time.
What helps you stay focused, stay disciplined? Do you agree that passion can’t get far without discipline?
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