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How To Be Like John…

March 9, 2009

John Grisham woke up a couple hours earlier at 5am every day to write his first book. It took him three years to complete but he created at least 12 hours a week of spare time to write what would become “A Time To Kill” in 1987. He didn’t become a success overnight. He was rejected like many first time authors by a number of publishers until he found a home at Wynwood Press who ran 5000 copies of the book.

Unlike many first time authors Grisham didn’t mooch about checking his in-box every five minutes nor did he mope around the telephone but he continued to write and completed “The Firm”. Since he has pumped out a book a year for the past two decades. Like his books or not, the success of the publications and the films is the consecration of his ability to marry popular with hard work.

The rest, as they say, is history. Millions of books sold. Millions of dollars made. Millions of people happy.

Now my point is this, imagine you have some extra spare time. Spare time which has become spare because the orders have slowed, or because people are waiting to see what the stock market is going to do. What are you going to do? Here are a couple of ideas from Seth Godin:


Learn something. Become an expert. For free, using nothing but time, you can become a master of CSS or HTML or learn Python. You can hit the library and read the entire works of important authors, or you can borrow some books from a friend and master Analytics or discover case studies and corporate histories that will be invaluable in a year. You could learn to become fluent in Spanish…

Or in English (give us a call!)…But the key is to do something. As Guy Kawasaki once said:

You have to sit by the side of a river for a very long time before a roast duck will fly into your mouth.

Now what did you say you were doing again…?

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 10, 2009 2:03 pm

    Loved ” marry popular with hard work”.
    if we can combine the two, success would really not be that far away!

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