Success Can Be Learned
I’ve always loved to read. When I was growing up I often had my head in a book, and the habit has stayed with me since.
In my early twenties I started reading complex thrillers and intricate dramas, and I often wondered how the authors managed to get it right. What supernatural writing abilities enabled Stephen King to develop complex plots and intriguing characters? Where did Toni Morrison draw inspiration for her heart-wrenching dramas?
I always assumed that these and other successful authors had some special skill that was completely out of my league.
Then in 2010 I had an irresistible urge to write. I saw a pamphlet for a creative writing course and I decided to investigate. It only took a short time on the course provider’s website to shatter my illusions about writing. I realised that writing was just a process, with techniques and strategies that, if followed and practiced, would yield the desired results. Talk about a paradigm shift!
I have since learned many techniques for writing both fiction and nonfiction, and out of these have come two award-winning books.
Success can be learned; it’s not a gift bestowed on the chosen few. It follows a predictable path:
- Decide what you want.
- Find those people who are successful in your chosen field. There is no shortage of inspiration; the self-help industry is founded on providing just this kind of information.
- Learn the success lessons. Supplement your reading with courses, workshops, mentorship, coaching…whatever is necessary.
- Apply what you are learning, and refine it as you go along.
Success is sure to follow!