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Authors Must Work at Their Own Pace to Achieve Their Goals

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No writer is in the same place, career-wise, as another writer

At every stage of a writer's career, we all look to other authors, silently comparing ourselves.

However, doing so is detrimental to our own definition of achievement.

Why? Because every other writer has been where you are at some point in their own career. Whether this is a planning stage, a learning publishing stage, a receiving rejection to query stage, and so many more.

When we compare ourselves to other writers' success, we are more susceptible to falling into the self-doubt trap.

Will I ever write that many books? What if I never score a publishing deal? Does this mean I’m not a good writer?

Allowing these thoughts to enter your mind when you see the success of other writers can bog you down.

What is important to remember is that every writer finds their own success.

Pushing away thoughts that compare you to others is imperative because two writers shouldn’t be comparing their successes.

Here are some important things to remember about success:

  • Your day one is someone else’s day 100

  • Success is measured in both the big and the small things

  • Lift others up for their success and see what you can learn from them

  • Success is also about what failed, how you regrouped, and how you moved forward

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” — Dale Carnegie

Setting goals for yourself, both big and small, of what equates to success in your eyes is helpful.

When you figure out the things that mark success for yourself (publishing your book, learning something new, letting someone else read your work), you discover that success looks different to everyone.