Somebody right now may be…

This song came up on my Pandora just ten minutes ago. The beat and a few of the lines caught my attention, so I tracked down a video with the actual lyrics in it.

I listened to it again, and then one more time, and by then it hit me.

This is how you go big. It’s so out of your hands and random — not even close to being on your own schedule.

This video was uploaded on Jan 31, 2008, and I know nothing about the group. (They may not even be together anymore, but I plan to research them as soon as I finish this.)

But regardless of whether they are or aren’t, I just heard their song and felt compelled to share it, and thus I wrote a blog post and shared it.

And this act I’m in process of completing (my blog post) reminds me — and hopefully you — of the possibilities. Of the immense, uncontrollable chances.

I mean, think about it… Somebody right now may be finishing up your book or mine and working on a blog post as we speak, which could spark your career and begin a snowball that just blows you away. That blesses you and changes your life so hard that you start to think it can’t possibly be real.

But this can’t happen if you don’t finish your work. It might not happen if you’ve written one book or two, but never finish that third — that one that would just take off and explode beyond your wildest dreams.

So, keep the faith. Finish what your working on. Upload it or query it or let your friend read it. Polish and spiff up your blog or website, so that when someone does search your name after coming across your work, they’re impressed and game for singing your praises. Don’t let them think that one work is a fluke.

It’s these little things that could change your life. Or, you could never do them or half do them and wonder why you never caught your break.

Me? I’m going to research this group, and then I’m going to get back to taking my career to the next level.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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6 responses to “Somebody right now may be…

  1. Loved the song and your accompanying thoughts.

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  2. Inspirational Stan! Right before reading your post, I came across this great quote from David Wong (writer of John Dies at the End):

    “”But I’m not good at anything!” Well, I have good news — throw enough
    hours of repetition at it and you can get sort of good at anything. I
    was the world’s shittiest writer when I was an infant. I was only
    slightly better at 25. But while I was failing miserably at my career, I
    wrote in my spare time for eight straight years, an article a week,
    before I ever made real money off it. It took 13 years for me to get
    good enough to make the New York Times best-seller list. It took me
    probably 20,000 hours of practice to sand the edges off my sucking.

    Don’t like the prospect of pouring all of that time into a skill? Well,
    I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the sheer act of
    practicing will help you come out of your shell — I got through years
    of tedious office work because I knew that I was learning a unique skill
    on the side. People quit because it takes too long to see results,
    because they can’t figure out that the process is the result.”

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    • That is such a great quote! And you know those who didn’t put in that time and watched him make it were envious and jealous.

      I’m increasingly trying not to compare myself to others. I’m proud of what I’ve done, and just focused on trying to keep taking my career further forward — one step at a time.

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