Hi Nick Brodd here. Nobody I know wants to lead an average life, but too many people actually do.
For a long time I was on the same path, getting practically nothing exciting or important accomplished. I was trying to fly under the radar, but very few meaningful or worthwhile things came from being mediocre.
As a US writer, being average would mean that your books will sell less than:
- 250 copies per year.
- 3,000 copies over its lifetime.
In other terms, most average author make less than the guy flipping burgers at McDonalds.
So it’s time to stop being an average writer.
Per definition it’s not possible for everyone to be above average, so here’s how I suggest you move from any level of mediocrity towards being a more awesome writer:
- Your Passion. Your desire and drive is dependent on a deeper sense of purpose. Write down your ultimate purpose of being an awesome writer.
- Your Curiosity. Albert Einstein attributed his success to being more curious than other people. He never gave up until he found a solution. Neither should you.
- Your Friends. Change your environment, at least once in a while. Hang around awesome people. People awesome enough to write about.
- Your Resolution. Never ever give up. Resolve to be among the top 20% writers that in many cases make more than 80% of the money.
- Your Playfulness. Experiment with new paths and approaches. Persist and have fun. One of your solutions will most likely work.
- Your BIG thoughts. Don’t settle for “getting the job done”. Think big. Focus on how you can overwhelm your audience.
- Your Inner Voices. We’ve all heard the inner voice of fear and doubt. It’s the voice of a liar. Stay firm and never listen in.
- Your Consistency. We all do the things top performers do… Sometimes! We just don’t do them often enough. Develop key writing habits.
After all, being normal is just another word for being average. So stop being so normal. Get on the path to sticking out. Remove your excuses and start being extraordinary today.
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