Friday, June 1, 2012

Is Your Dedication Showing?


I often see writers talking about talent.  “What if I don’t have enough talent”  “What if they tell me I’m a no-talent”  It’s a dark cloud of worry that hangs over our heads. 

Yet, is talent really what we need? 

I’m pretty sure Olympians have talent, but talent isn’t what gets them to the Olympics. It’s the hours, and weeks, and years of training that they put in.  Maybe, instead of worrying about talent so much, we should worry about people telling us we don’t have the dedication to get there. Fortunately, we are in control of how much dedication we have, how much effort and work we put into it. 

Are there Olympians who work and train and have talent that still never make it to the Olympics?  I’m sure there are.  Are there great writers who work and write and never get published?  Probably.  Fortunately, unlike the Olympics there aren’t a limited number of spots.  Publishing may be subjective, and it’s difficult to get people’s attention, but there’s enough room for all of us.  Especially with all the options that are available to us.

So go on, stop worrying about talent, and show the world your dedication.

32 comments:

  1. Great analogy. And so true. Thank you for this word today. I needed it.

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  2. Great post, so short, simple, and TRUE :)

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  3. Wow, SO true. Thanks for this. I needed it today. ;0)

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  4. Great post! :) I'll have to make sure my dedication is showing.

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    1. Thanks, I'm sure people can see it already.

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  5. Very inspiring! Sometimes when I read too many blogs or articles about how hard it is to get published, I feel discouraged about my writing. But I then try and forget about all that other writing stuff and for now just enjoy the actual process of writing!

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    1. It's important to enjoy the process. I think if we did that more we'd stress less.

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  6. What an awesome analogy. No one makes it to the Olympics without years of training, sacrifice, and dedication. Our writing deserves nothing less than that.

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  7. Hear Hear! This is exactly what I need right now.

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  8. I couldn't agree more. Publishing doesn't have a limited number of slots, so just keep working to write the best book you can!

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  9. If I was a member of the English Parliment, I would be banging my newspaper (or a loafer) and shouting, "HEAR, HEAR."

    Bloody well said, my dear :)

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  10. Oh, I like this different approach. It's so true. I've heard the old saying that it takes 1% inspiration and 99% dedication to write a book. Dedication is sooooo important.

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    1. I've heard the 1%/99% thing too. Very true. It's just easier to blame an outside force, talent, vs taking responsibility and working hard.

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  11. Well said and I think as writers, talent can get you to your goal faster than if you didn't have any. But hard work, determination and dedication can bridge that gap. Like you said, there's room for everyone. (:

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    1. While talent is good, I don't think it's ever enough. As you said, we need to bridge the gap.

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  12. This. Post. Is. Amazing. It is exactly what I need. I worry that I'm not good enough. But I'm dedicated. I will be published. Woot! Thanks!

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    1. Glad you liked it. I think we all worry we're not good enough. Good luck with that dedication!

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