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So, You Want to Write for a Living…
Have you ever thought about starting a blog?
Are you a trainer who would like to expand your business and develop an online presence?
A few years ago I started this site. It wasn’t an ambitious undertaking that took a ton of risk, but promised either the world as a reward, or an endless pit if I failed. I started this site as a passion project. A place where I could speak my mind, and help guys who were like me, accomplish what I’ve accomplished with my physique.
I have my own business. Four years ago if you told me that I’d be earning a living doing something that I genuinely loved to do, I wouldn’t believe you for a second. At the time I was working a sales job that taught me a ton, but it wasn’t something that I was passionate about by any means.
I’ve completed two years of college English, and I enjoyed it, but I never saw myself as a ‘writer’. From what I’ve learned in books like, The Education of Millionaires, Turning Pro, and On Writing Well, if you can write well, you can do anything. And as I’ve grown with my writing, so has my business.
…Not that I think I’m a good writer, but I’m a lot better than I was even 6 months ago. The only reason for this improvement: a hunger for reading, and a love for writing. I write all the time. From the time I wake up my world revolves around words. I read a book to start my day (currently reading How to Stop Worrying & Start Living), then I start writing, not stopping until my day is over.
To say it’s taken time for me to improve is like saying it takes time for bits of coal to form flawless diamonds. It took me a long time – A LONG TIME – to start developing the most important skill I could have with the business I’ve created.
Is Writing About Talent or Skill?
Like everything in life – yes, you read that right – writing is a skill that is developed through purposeful practice. Not just practice, but purposeful practice.
For my first two years I read a decent amount, and I wrote a lot. Even as much as I do now. But my improvements weren’t dramatic by any means. It wasn’t until I started reading books ABOUT writing, that my strides began to lengthen. That I began to catch myself making mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »