This is a powerful Will Smith interview whereby he talks about the Law of Attraction, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and getting ahead in life by choosing who you want to be. This is from a guy who has done some amazing things in his life starting as a hit-making, song-writing teenager, to a star in of a hit TV program, to a string of iconic movies. And yes, he still sings.
What he says also applies to writing, choosing who you want to be and out hustling others to get the deals you want and that means beating out those who are more talented, more smarter than you. When it comes to writing, talent is a given, but it's not enough. It often comes down to, how how hard are you willing to work, and how bad do you really want it.
For example the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, I know some talented, unpublished writers, who are thinking about entering, but who probably won't get around to it, or others who will try on the last day and find themselves closed out and will make excuses, blaming everyone but themselves.
Meanwhile, I'm working around the clock rewriting novels, redoing the excerpts, and going over those pitches until I'm sick of them, but that's what it takes. I may not win, I may not even get to round two, but right now, like everyone else who has entered, I have a chance, and I'm taking that chance given to all of us. It comes down to what choices are you choosing to make? It comes down to pushing yourself just a little harder to get where you want to be.
I believe, if you put your self out there, if you give yourself a fighting chance, magic will happen. At the very least, you can tell yourself, you did your best, and you went down fighting. And who knows, your dreams might even come true. Will Smith is living proof of that.
*Update, the 20th anniversary of Lovers and Strangers Revisited