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Secrets of Success in 8 Words

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Rapping on Writing, but I promise to get back on track with it.

And here’s a doozy for you dojo-monkeys -

The Man Who Would Be King pointed me to this talk on Ted.com (which is a great site for many things, BTW) where Richard St. John breaks down the keys to success in 8 words.

Eight (8) Words.

It’s awesome - the whole talk is here: Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success

It’s only a few minutes to watch the whole thing, but worth it. I’m gonna recap, but I recommend you also watch him.

Success in 8 words. I’m gonna apply it to writing in my descriptions, but it can apply to anything. Here they are.

1 - Passion. You must have passion for what you do. Stephen King has famously said, “if you don’t like to read, you have no business being a writer,” and that applies. If you don’t like to write, if you don’t have a passion for it, you’re not going to succeed.

2 - Work. You must WORK at it. It’s all hard work. It takes hard work to succeed.

3 - Good. Be good at what you do. If you are not good, you won’t make it. If you don’t know what good writing is or isn’t, you’re failing in one aspect and you need to recognize the difference between good work and work that’s not so good.

4 - Focus. Must focus on what you want and how you want to get there. If you’re planning to be a writer and also a professional volleyball player, in addition to the sax lessons so you can have a band that makes a load of dough, you’re someone unfocused. Not that one cannot be accomplished at different things, you can, but that it takes focus to know exactly where you wanna go, what it takes and how long it takes to get there.

5 - Push. Push through fear, push through doubt, push through resistance.

6 - Serve. Very important when it comes to writing. Serve others something of value. Whatever it is your offering, it must have value to those you’re offering it to. It must serve them, in that regard.

7 - Ideas. You need ideas.

8 - Persist. Persist through CRAP, which Richard helpfully breaks down as follows:


Persist through CRAP with Passion, Hard Work, Focus, push your ideas until they’re good and it serves others something of value, and you will have success in your writing life.

That’s Richard St. Johns Secrets to Success in 8 Words.

Thus endeth today’s Rapping On Writing nugget. Don’t thank me, however. Thank Ted.com.

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