Never Give Up
I recently met with an author friend whose name I shall withhold for privacy’s sake. Suffice it to say this person is one of today’s biggest name writers, with so many titles published they took up a both walls of a long hallway, the shelves of which climbed from floor to ceiling.
During my visit, he related several stories from his illustrious career, some of which to encourage, and others as cautionary tales. One of the recurring themes he kept facing was the discouraging and defining words of his agents and publishers, who would say, “You’ll always be a midlist author, nothing more.” Not only did they speak that over him (as a young writer), they framed everything around that assumption including book deals, publicity, and advertisement.
But despite what they’d told him, he knew he had #1 bestseller stuff inside of him, and if they didn’t believe in him, he would just move on and defy their warnings that he’d never amount to anything more than what they’d said he would.
Today, I, and millions of his fans are so glad that he didn’t allow others (even significant people in his life, career, and industry) limit him with their opinions (and agendas.) Currently, he is easily among the top 10 authors in the world.
Let’s bring this home. Close to home: Do people say that you’ll never do this, never be that, will always only be…?
I have a better idea. Believe that you are a “masterpiece”, designed by the cosmic Creator of all things, and that you were created to do the great things He has prepared in advance for you to do.*” As you look to your designer, you’ll understand your purpose and specs. And you’ll do greater things than anyone (yourself included) could ever imagine.
So, whose words are you listening to today? What are your dreams that you would reach for, regardless of what others say? Leave a comment below!
PS: Sorry, I really can’t disclose the name of this author. 🙂
Joshua Graham is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, winner of the International Book Award and Forward National Literature Award. His thrillers include DARKROOM, LATENT IMAGE and BEYOND JUSTICE, and TERMINUS. Graham's works have been characterized as thought-provoking page-turners.
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