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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Who do you want to be?

Who do you want to be? Or maybe a more accurate phrasing of the question is: What do you want to be?

Each of us chooses a path in life that leads to successes and failures, and ultimate success or ultimate failure. Do you want to be an author? Then what is your message? Who are the people you want to reach?

I have known too many individuals who say they want to be something great, but they let failures shape them instead of their successes. Be a winner! Fall when you must, but always get back to your feet and try again until you succeed. When I started writing I determined that I would not fail. I would succeed in spite of the odds; in fact, even use them to drive me to greater success. When people told me I couldn't do it because so few writers get published, I let their words fuel my drive to prove them wrong.

So who are you? The next phenom, or the next common person with uncommon dreams that will let those dreams slip away?


Rachel Danielle said...

I love this- I was thinking about it today actually! It's a cliche but cliches have been around for so long because of the truth to them: If you never fight for anything you'll never fail, but you'll never succeed either! Why don't we turn our failures into sucesses by turning them into lessons learned, and fuel for later conquering?

Scott Appleton said...

Hi Rachel, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this! You cannot succeed if you do not learn from your failures.

Jake said...

Very good post, and true.

And I know you didn't leave this out on purpose, but I feel I should say this: basing my writing career on God's glory and the advancement of His kingdom, no matter how my book does (in success or failure), is much more reliable than my own efforts. Treasure in heaven rather than earth.

Scott Appleton said...

Right Jake! And I think you'll like my post for Sunday, as it relates to what you said.

I would add, however, that if you do something for the glory of God He will bless it. Failure, in my book, is never an option when doing the right thing. Calling something failure is often, in the eye of the beholder.


"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.