Friday, November 17, 2017
For those who don't know, my first book is the Struggles and Growth of a Man. It's about a young man in his 20s named Robert who has learned a lot about life, daily struggles and trying to mature into the man he wants to be. He's been brainwashed about the world and his role as a man and he's trying to break from that mold.
If you haven't read the first book, you definitely should as it is a journey into the mind of a man, his daily struggles in life and also insight into our thinking. With Part 2 releasing on December 15th, this is the continuation of the series and it is an emotional roller coaster ride for Robert the main character.
The writing of this book was very emotional, impactful and also insightful as you learn more about Robert and how he deals with many adversities in his life. Part 2 delves into things that we all experience in life and you get to learn about Robert the man a lot more in this book.
So if you haven't bought Part 1, please go get it as the eBook is currently 99 cents until the release of Part 2 on December 15th. I want you all to get a chance to read Part 1 as it's a great read and I've received great feedback from readers.
Here's the link on Amazon to go get Part 1. Part 2 is also on pre-order on Amazon and all other major bookstores!
Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!
Friday, November 10, 2017
The biggest thing for me is to get better at my craft everyday. Do you know how I do that? By competing with myself everyday. If I sat and worried about what everyone else is doing, I wouldn't have progress. I would not have published all of the books I have so far, I would not have written all of these poems and posted them on social media.
I always say you're only as good as the last accomplishment you achieved. Everyday I accomplish something on this journey of mine. Do I get complacent? Nope. Why? Because I have more to get done, I always have something that needs my attention.
I do everything on my own for the most part, I would say about 90% of it. There are a few things that I need other people to do for me and I pay them for it. Marketing my books, formatting my books, making book covers, doing interviews (I can't interview myself), I'm not good at everything. That's the self-awareness in me (as Gary Vaynerchuk would say).
For me, every poem I write about what I'm thinking, it's to engage and write better than that last poem. Most of my books are series and with each book, I'm looking to get better. I challenge myself daily and I believe in my talent and ability, that's what makes me special and unique.
I write poetry books on societal issues, something that's never been done. When I first started publishing books, I used to read articles on how to market myself. I would read things that said to study the competition, see how other authors got their audience and see how they do things. It's a good thing my mind told me not to do that because I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't listen to my mind and my gut.
See, the type of books I write are totally different than what others are writing. I write stories and formulate them into poetry format. If you ever go on Amazon and read most of my reviews from my books, most people are surprised at how my book was written and they appreciated the hell out of it. That's what keeps me going and keeps me motivated and inspired.
So if you go on a journey to greatness, be mindful that you don't need to compete with others. Everyone's journey is different and what they have done may not work for you. Keep that in mind when you start thinking that you need to do things someone else's way.
Plus when you get to where you're supposed to be, you want to say that you did things your way. Which is the exact reason why I'd rather learn by doing instead of listening to gurus, spending money on classes on content that I can find for free on the internet for the most part.
Be good and go accomplish your goals.
Friday, November 3, 2017
The one thing that I tell people a lot is that most people can't go on the journey that you're on. Here's why and I'll explain. You have the people who settle for mediocrity and will complain about their lives and not do a thing about it, and then there's the people who want to do better and will work at their craft on a daily basis. It's one or the other, when it comes to your life journey, it's black and white, no grey areas (at least in my eyes).
With that said, most of the people that I know are perfectly fine with their lives and where they are in life. They either have desk jobs working 9-5, go to the gym, watch ratchet television shows with no substance, wait for Friday and then go enjoy their weekends. Those are people who will not understand your goals, your vision and you striving for greatness. Nor will those people necessarily support you either so don't have any expectations from them either. Very few people will support you because they know that they don't have the mental drive to do what you're doing.
Now, the ones who don't support you want to see the end results when the lights are shining on you. They'll sit and watch your journey on social media (whether you choose to post that kind of content) like all of your posts and then when you come out of that dark tunnel and the lights are on you, they'll be the first ones to say they know you. Be careful of those people, always remember, there are very few who truly, "know you" and your journey. Most people know "of you" and will play the role of saying or thinking, they "know you."
You will lose a lot of friends along the way and you'll have family members who won't understand and support your journey either. All I can tell you is to keep going. I say these things because I've experienced them myself and you can only learn from experience.
Whatever your goals are, keep striving for them. When you accomplish one, move onto the next one. Continually set goals for yourself, it's how you stay motivated.
Please subscribe to my blog on the right side, just put in your e-mail to get these blogs sent straight to your email.
For those who don't know, my first book is the Struggles and Growth of a Man. It's about a young man in his 20s named Robert who ...
While I discuss a lot of societal issues in my poetry and in my books, there are so many things that we as people need to talk about more an...
Hey everyone! I hope all is well and everyone is having a great week and start to their weekend. I know, I'm long overdue for a new bl...
One thing about writers, whether you're an author, poet, blogger, screenwriter, your mind is always processing thoughts and ideas. To be...