Some Monday motivation for you

Some motivation for you on your Monday as you get serious about tackling this week… (Yeah, that’s right. I said tackle this week. Don’t let that shit tackle you.)

First, a quote: “Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.” —  Stephen Vincent Benét

Second, here’s you some serious motivation for you. I read today about how close Ford Motor Company came to failing.

Henry Ford had used up his $28,000 in start-up funds and had just $224 left in the bank when he sold his first, original Model A in 1903.  He’d, of course, later go on to create the Model T and invent the idea of the assembly line.

But, to know how close he came to failing and changing the world… That’s pretty incredible.

Read the whole story — it’s only about five or paragraphs long. Link here (toward the bottom of the page).

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn. P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. It’s already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War. (Link to be uploaded soon.) You can learn more about both books here.

6 thoughts on “Some Monday motivation for you

  1. Embattled Farmers 07/24/2012 / 2:42 am

    I didn’t know that Ford was down to his last couple of hundred bucks. I thought he had folks lined up to buy “horseless carriages.”


    • Stan R. Mitchell 07/24/2012 / 2:30 pm

      I know. Same here. I thought he pretty much took off from the beginning.


      • Embattled Farmers 07/24/2012 / 3:17 pm

        I’m always shocked to read about famous authors struggling with their work. I just assume they sat down and it flowed effortlessly from their pen or keyboard.


        • Stan R. Mitchell 07/24/2012 / 4:27 pm

          I know, right?

          I wish I had saved this quote I read a day or two ago. Some famous author from the mid 1900s or so said something like, “It was easier to be a writer before I landed a best-seller and became famous. Now, I’m expected to write great stuff when deep down I know I’m really a fraud and might have gotten lucky.”

          That’s a loose paraphrase, but wow. It’s no wonder so many writers commit suicide.


          • Embattled Farmers 07/24/2012 / 4:34 pm

            I’ll take the best-seller and the fame and worry about how I feel about it then. I’d be thrilled to have one successful book.


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