Keep Going … Or Else
‘Keep going’ is probably the top advice I offer to writers. So often writers start feeling energised and enthusiastic … but as time goes on … and the rejection piles up … they just STOP.
Look, I get it. It’s effing hard to keep going when it feels like every door is slammed in your face. Plus there’s no guarantees, so it can feel easier to quit rather than bang your head against a brick wall.
But this is the thing … if you stop you will NEVER get anywhere!
This is why writers need perseverance. You have to keep going. Stay on that bus, no matter what.
So whatever you’re striving for, know we’re all with you. We are doing the same, focusing our efforts down the word mines, networking or sending out submissions.
Just keep going … like number 10 on the list below, success is inevitable that way. Also, don’t forget to bookmark the B2W FAQs page, which will help you on your way.
1) Marie Curie, scientist
‘Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.’
2) Samuel Johnson, author
‘Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.’
3) Gillian Anderson, actor
‘Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.’
4) Kalpana Chawla, astronaut
‘The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.’
5) Ramana Maharshi, philosopher
‘No one succeeds without effort … Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.’
6) Travis Bradberry, author
‘Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.’
7) Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
‘Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.’
8) APJ Abdul Kalam, politician
‘Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.’
9) Coco Chanel, designer
‘Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.’
10) Tamara Taylor
‘As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.’