Success, nah.

Don’t ever accept just ‘good enough’. It’s not about perfection either.

We often do as a protection against the fear of either success or failure. Most often we fear success as we are fearful of the changes that can bring to our lives.

But just ‘good enough’ is letting ourselves down and we have a responsibility to us to do the best that we can.

It is not about doing better than others or striving to achieve other people’s view of what success is.

It is about doing our best and achieving what success looks like to us.

Stop following the formula

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Someone said to me the other day ‘I have written a book, but it’s not long enough, they said a book has to be at least 30,000’.

Well, who are ‘they’? ‘They’ are the creators of the formulas we have to follow.

Ignore the formulas. Some of the best books I have read have been a lot less than 30,000 words and some have been a whole lot more.

It is the content of the book and whether by publishing it the author made a difference, created something worth exchanging our time to read it, not how many words it was.

Formulas are created by people trying to sell certainty, trying to create a jelly mould to churn out money-making certainties. Average safe formulaic stuff, sold on mass to average people.

If you want to write a book that means something to you and enriches the life of others who read it, then follow your own formula.

If you want to paint a picture that is unique and will add something to the world, then don’t paint by numbers.

If you want to create a product or service that will stand out, don’t use someone else’s template and stick your own label on it.

Ditch the ‘formula’ of certainty and take a risk.