Small successes lead to big ones

My friend Erin Darby wrote a nice piece about “small successes leading to big ones.”

I love how she’s able to avoid getting distracted by the long-term goal of big money or publishing her first book, and able to just focus on the step she’s currently on.

Good stuff. Check it out if you get a moment.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Best tweets of the week, 9/12/14

As my regular readers know, I’m always trying to combat the cynicism that mostly consumes our country (and world?).

And Twitter, for all its faults, provides a decent daily nourishment if you know where to look. And since most of you probably aren’t on Twitter, I thought I’d share some pretty good Tweets from the past week. (As well as just a few that may be newsworthy, but something you didn’t see.)

Hope they encourage you or make you think, as well!

[ ] “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato (From @BetterManProj)

[ ] Poll: Strikes in Iraq, Syria supported: stripes.com/1.302150 (From @starsandstripes)

[ ] Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. — John R. Wooden (From @MuscleProdigy)

[ ] Barnes & Noble climbing back out of the abyss as book sales stabilize. pwne.ws/YwtQ3b (From @PublishersWkly)

[ ] Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better! (From @InkyJohnson)

[ ] What U.S. airstrikes in Iraq look like, mapped by region. pic.twitter.com/AiBmbtpBWl (From @DanLamothe)

[ ] Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others. — Kahlil Gibran (From @mindfuleveryday)

[ ] “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” — Eric Butterworth (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] The World’s Top-Earning Authors: Veronica Roth, John Green and Gillian Flynn join ranking — ow.ly/BiAvR (From Forbes)

[ ] “As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.” (From @DalaiLamaPosts)

[ ] “A good book is all-consuming: part of it becomes you, and part of you becomes it.” — Wisława Szymborska (From @i_Author)

[ ] “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain (From @BetterManProj)

[ ]  “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates (From @AncientWisdoms)

[ ] “He is able who thinks he is able.” — Buddha (From @TrainingMindful)

[ ]  “Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses (From @Dakota_Meyer)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

I had no idea the music industry was struggling this bad. I mean, I knew I was pretty bad, but this is really bad…

The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

Love to hear your thoughts on the matter, and make sure you’re supporting whatever groups you’re big fans of. (Hat tip, The Passive Voice.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Find true happiness: announce your dreams to the world today

Dear amazing friends and members of Mitchell’s Militia,

It’s been a great week or so with the release of “Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)!” Myself and many others spent a lot of time trying to get the book as perfect (and hot!) as possible, and so far, the feedback is we scored pretty close to the mark.

And with my feelings at an all-time high, I thought it the perfect opportunity to try to motivate those who follow me on here to do your own creating and race off — or crawl off, at first — after your own dreams!

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“Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)” has arrived…

Finally, it has arrived!

Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)” is live and up for sale on Amazon! (This is the follow-up/sequel to “Sold Out.”)

So, buy it, tell your friends about it, share it on facebook, and go yell at that neighbor across the street. Tell him, too!

Book Description:

Nick Woods is tired of waiting. America’s greatest sniper has spent the better part of two years up in the mountains of Montana, waiting for the government to double-cross him and try to come get him.

Cover_Mexican Heat - SmallHe has good reason to be wary. The government has betrayed him twice already, but Nick’s a hard man to kill.

And just waiting in isolation, with his wife Anne gone, and his paranoia at dangerous levels, is killing him, day-by-day.

And so Nick ventures out. Carefully, like Nick does everything.

But what Nick doesn’t know is that the Mexican government stands on the verge of complete collapse.

A brilliant madman has united the drug cartels into a deadly alliance, and the Mexican President holds a perilous grip on power.

Now, Mexico’s leading businessman — a multi-billionaire who owns much of the country — is about to exit the country, selling off his businesses and taking his capital out of the country.

Such a move would lead to an exodus of other businesses and just like that, America would face one of its largest catastrophes in recent times: a third world country on its borders, run by a drug cartel whose reach spans from South America into deep within the United States.

America has already sent special forces to deal with this cartel, but that proved a catastrophe.

The country needs Nick Woods again, and it needs him now.


Hope you guys enjoy this book half as much as I enjoyed writing it!!!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. Please consider subscribing to my blog or taking a look at some of my books.

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