Apparently over 80 percent of Americans think they have a book in them but only 2 percent have ever written a manuscript.
If you have ever really wanted to write a book but have not gotten around to it because of various excuses, may I suggest that your excuses are mere fabrications. Put another way, your excuses are, in fact, mental dishonesty that you utilize as a convenience with others and yourself. You are not alone, however, given that most people do this.
This is a e-mail that I received last November:
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From: Daniel C.
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:31 AM
Subject: Capable People
I think that there are many literary people who are quite capable of writing a book, but they just don't have the technical skills (mostly computer) to get one published and marketed. Let's face it, while using the computer can often be a simple task, such as when, for example, surfing the net, other aspects can get a lot more complicated.
And whenever there's a problem, fixing it is no simple matter or task. The computer is, after all, not a simple device. It's a very complex machine.
A reader/fan from Ottawa)
This was my response to Daniel:
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From: Ernie Zelinski
To: Daniel C.
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: Capable People
I will acknowledge your comments about computers and wannabe writers but I certainly don't agree with them.
The first thing that comes to mind is one of my favorite success quotes by one of my top-5 favorite writers.
"Argue for your limitations and sure enough they are yours." — Richard Bach
Fact is, I know people who were broke and didn't know anything about computers and have become multi-millionaires marketing on the Internet.
Same with writers. Why? Because they didn't use excuses.
Even the lack of money is a big-time phony excuse.
This is another one of my all-time favorite quotes:
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." — Norman Vincent Peale
I know the above quote is true because I was totally broke when I self published my first book (The Art of Seeing Double or Better in Business). I had to borrow half of the money. It at least three years before I started making decent money from publishing my own books and part of the reasons is that I didn't give up.
Plain and simple: If I used the same excuses or operated with the same mind set, belief systems, and behaviors that most people operate with, I would never have attained the success that I have attained as a writer.
Trust me, I have had many struggles and I have had many barriers to overcome. I could write a whole book about this but I won't.
Fact is, if it was easy to do what I have done, everyone would be doing it.
Have you noticed this about the majority in society? They are looking for the easy way out and the results that they have attained show it. .
As Jack Canfield says, "Results don't lie."
What it takes to make it as a writer or an Internet marketer is commitment.
My favorite mentor Brendon Burchard of the Experts Academy says, "Commitment is the willingness to do something even if it sucks big-time."
Here is another important quote to place success in proper perspective:
"I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts." — Martin Ritt
In short, for anyone who comes up with an excuse or several excuses why he or she have not been able to become a successful writer or Internet marketer, I will come up with an example of a motivated individual who had less talent, fewer resources, and less money — and still became highly successful!
For instance, check out the stories at the links below about Gary McPherson, a friend of mine, who passed away recently.
Gary spent half of his life in the hospital before he learned to frog breathe so that he wouldn't need a respirator to survive.
In spite of being severely handicapped, (a quadriplegic since he was nine), Gary McPherson accomplished 10 to 100 times as much in his life as most people will who don't have the limitations that Gary had.
As another friend Graham Hicks of the Edmonton Sun wrote about Gary:
"A quadriplegic since he was nine — one of the last full-blown cases of polio paralysis in Canada — Gary did more in his 63 years on this Earth than most of us would do in several lifetimes."
"Who and what was this Gary McPherson, that on his death he is so lauded?
"The Order of Canada, the Alberta Order of Excellence, Honorary Doctor of Law, social activist, political strategist, political candidate, superb organizer, administrator, health nut, sports addict, a great dad and a loving husband."
And as Bob Steadward said “From the day I met him, I never saw a trace of self-pity, not an iota.”
This I can tell you: my friend Gary McPherson never considered using an excuse such as not knowing enough about computers when he wanted to write his book With Every Breath I Take. Remember that he was a quadriplegic.
Gary just wrote the book — in spite of being a quadriplegic — and left the excuses to people with 10 times the abilities and resources that Gary had.
Here are the links to articles about Gary.
Thanks and so long for now,
And much to my surprise, this was the response that I received form Daniel:
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From: Daniel C.
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 8:16 AM
Thanks for responding to my email letter about my difficulties in learning various aspects of the computer, with it being such a vast field. And thanks for the pep talk not looking for excuses. (I didn't realize that I was making excuses). I need to hear that type of stuff. I am truly spoiled!
I bet many of your readers need to hear it as well. Maybe you could use it in a future book.
I printed out a copy of your email (yes, I learned to do that now!), treasure it, and will refer to it, and use it for motivation and inspiration.
A reader/fan from Ottawa