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Wanting is Not Enough, Everyone Wants

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The real question is what are you willing to DO to get what you want? What actions will you take? What will you sacrifice? Invest? What are you willing to give up to get your dream, your goal? Everyone wants to win, fewer want to do the hard work of fully preparing to win.

Or put another way, how easily will you be stopped? What will it take to make you give up? How quickly will you get discouraged and quit? How deep is your resolve, how great is your resilience?

Doers do, talkers talk. Writers don’t talk about wanting to write, they write. Many who say they wish to write a book don’t really want to write a book, they wish to HAVE a book. And they don’t and won’t because as George Orwell (1984 and Animal Farm) wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long out with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” I’ve only written one book in my life (Construction Funding, John Wiley & Sons, publisher) and even though I was writing about a subject I knew intimately and had a great passion for, I lived a monkish existence for an extended period of time in order to give it birth. I still remember going out to Vail for a long planned skiing vacation and spending it pounding away at the keyboard in the hotel room while my long suffering wife skied solo.

Closing Quote:

“Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb.” – Austin Kleon (poet/artist)

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

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