Prosperity week this week! I received a check for $10,500 for sales of my How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free made about 4 months ago (that's how long book distributors take to pay.) And the book is still selling well. My U.S. distributor has orders for over 1,500 copies already this month that will translate into a check of over $10,000 down the road.
Wayne Dyer is right when he says in his book The Power of Intention that when you operate out of high intention you are successful and prosperous because of who you are. I had to operate out of high intention when How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free was turned down by 35 publishers. High intention meant taking the big risk and self-publishing even though all the major publishers thought that my book was not good enough to compete in a saturated market of similar books.
I believed (rightfully or wrongly) that I had written the world's best retirement book. Today it is Amazon's best-selling retirement book and has been for two or three years. Type either "retirement" or "retire" into Amazon's search feature and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free comes in the number 1 position. Pretty cool, wouldn't you say, for a self-published book that was rejected by 35 publishers. Incidentally, this book has now sold over 140,000 copies and has been published in 9 languages. It will have earned over $500,000 in pretax profit once I get paid for all the copies that have sent out by my distributor to date.
So, my question to you is: Are you operating out of "high intention" or are you just "going with the flow"? Trust me, there is a big difference in the success that you will attain and the results that you will achieve.
Here are some inspirational quotations that relate to writing and publishing with high intention.
It’s not good enough today to be "average"
or “pretty good” at something
if you want to attain extraordinary results
that lead to remarkable success and prosperity.
You have to be among the best at something:
Among the best at writing books,
Among the best at busking in the underground,
Among the best at making speeches,
Among the best at marketing spirituality,
Among the best at astrological readings,
Among the best at ballet dancing,
Among the best at healing the world.
Are you among the best at something?
If not, why not?
— from Life's Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World)
To write books is easy. It requires only pen and ink and the ever-patient paper.
To print books is a little more difficult, because genius so often rejoices in illegible handwriting.
To read books is more difficult still, because of the tendency to go to sleep.
But the most difficult task of all that a mortal man can embark on is to sell a book.
— Sir Stanley Unwain
"Being average is for losers. Being better than 98 percent of the competition used to be fine. In the world of Google, though, it's useless. If you are not going to get to #1, you might as well quit right now."
— Seth Godin
"Perhaps you think that your life matters big time because laziness is your forte. How absurd can you be?"
— from Life's Secret Handbook
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
— Norman Vincent Peale