There is one way that anyone can accomplish what they want to do, and even more than they dreamed of doing.
I’m living proof of this and I’m excited about my results which is why I am here to share them with you. The great thing about this is that anyone, yes that includes you, can do this one simple thing.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s necessarily going to be easy. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it won’t be. But it will definitely be worth it! Anything in life that is meaningful and worthy of your dreams will always take some work.
That’s just the way that it is.
We can’t change that. It wouldn’t mean as much if it was easy.
Let’s get down to business, shall we? What is the one simple thing that we can do to achieve much more than we thought was literally possible?
You might have even heard this before, but I might have a unique take on how you can apply it to your life.
Spend time with people who are achieving what you want.
If you’re like me the first time that I heard about this, you’re probably wondering how on earth you are going to find the people who are achieving what you want and how on earth you will convince them to spend some time with you. If they’re even in your time zone, much less your zip code.
One benefit to living in this information age is that we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. We can easily access the wealth of knowledge of those who are living your dreams.
How to spend time with them:
- Find them online. Connect with them on their blog, Facebook page, twitter, subcrscribe to their email list, or wherever they are.
- Read what they have to say: buy their books, read their old blog posts, read their emails, purchase their program if they have one, etc.
- Listen to their postcast if they have one.
- Be creative!
Tip: Spend regular time with them. No less than weekly. Make it a commitment and a habit to read their posts, listen to their podcasts, read their emails, read the books, etc.
Learn from them.
Don’t waste the time that you spend with these successful people who have what you want. Listen intently to what they have to share and put it into practice! Ask them questions and interact.
Most people are willing, and even happy, to interact with their followers. They won’t have time to mentor you personally unless you’re forking over the big bucks, but if you ask a question here and there you’ll likely get some help or at least pointed in the right direction.
Even if you don’t achieve the same levels of success that they have, if you follow the above steps, you will achieve more success than you have – and probably more success than most other people.
A real life example.
I started out my rough draft with no real aim aside from writing a story that I thought might make a decent series. I wrote here and there, when the feeling struck. I had no word count goals: I didn’t know how long I wanted the book to be, I didn’t have a daily writing goal, I didn’t have any kind of outline, or anything like that.
I knew that I wanted to fulfill my dream of publishing a novel, and I knew that I was going to use Amazon’s kindle publishing program. But I didn’t know what steps to take to get there aside from just write. I knew that I would need to edit and come up with an eye catching cover. I had no clue about marketing a book, aside from the marketing that I’d learned from blogging, which is similar but also a different animal.
I listened, I learned, I applied.
When I started listening to the podcasts, they were on their third episode. I listened to all three in one day. Since then, I’ve been listening to these guys on a weekly basis (or more if I listen to a podcast that I’ve already listened to).
These guys are nuts. I don’t just mean that because of the jokes they crack (which is also true!) but they produce a super crazy amount of books. Sean and Dave have been collaborating for a long time, co-authoring a ton of serials (not to be confused with series). On average last year, they produced one episode of a book a week. That’s about 50 pages a week published – drafts, polishes and edits. We’re talking about 200 pages a month!
Like I said, they’re nuts. Now Sean and Johnny are working on a serial too at about that insane amount also. Sean and Dave are still working on their stuff, Johnny has a vampire series on the side that he’s producing at a rapid rate, and I think Sean is working on a kid’s project too.
They may be crazy, but you know what? Listening to them discuss how they do what they do and listening to their brainstorming sessions is wealth of knowledge. They could charge people a lot of money for this stuff, but they don’t. Anyone can listen in and learn from them.
No, I’m not producing anywhere near the amount of books that they are. I don’t do this full time, but I have still seen some pretty amazing results. Results that I never would have seen without spending about 50 hours over the last year listening to them.
Last November, I published my first novel which is about 135,000 words. This Monday, just over three months later, I published my second novel in the series, Betrayal, which is about 110,000 words. I’m aiming to publish a standalone novel called Chasing Mercy, in May that is about 40,000 words.
That, my friends, is:
3 books at about 285,000 words in just six months!
That’s not bad! I may not be Johnny, Sean, or Dave – but I have had a lot of people impressed with what I’ve been accomplishing – because I’ve been spending time with those crazy guys.
My question for you is: Who are you going to start spending time with?
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