The most important question a writer asks themselves is: What do I have to say? But more tactically, I think there are two other critical questions that writers need to ask themselves.
Read what keeps you reading, read what makes you better.
The boxer who loses but celebrates their opponent, the football player who offers a hand to the player they just tackled. The partner who lets someone else get all the credit.
Here’s what those same people haven’t told you: your passion may be the very thing holding you back from success.
The world would be a better place if artists, entrepreneurs, executives and creative types got better at explaining and selling what they do. More great stuff would break through in this attention economy we live in.
Especially if you work on anything remotely internet related. Because the amount of people making obscene, life-changing amounts of money doing what appears to be very little work is essentially infinite. Let me tell you, it doesn’t matter how well you’re doing, these people can make you feel like a chump.
“The worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, that you have no energy in, that you’re not creative with and you’re not thinking of the future. To me, might as well be dead.” — Robert Greene
Work aversion is the the flipside of work addiction. They work together, in tandem.
What should you do?
Andrew Carnegie had a great piece of advice for young people (that pre-dates John F. Kennedy’s line by 60 years or so): “Instead of the question, ‘What must I do for my employer?’ substitute ‘What can I do?’”