Author Richard St. John spent ten years researching success and asking over 500 extraordinarily successful people in a variety of fields what helped them succeed. After analyzing, sorting, and correlating millions of words of research, and building one of the most organized databases on the subject of success, he discovered the eight traits successful people have in common. Then he wrote the bestseller The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common: 8 to Be Great.
You may want to apply these eight traits in your writing life. Learn about them in this three-minute Ted Talk.
It may seem counter intuitive, but telling your friends your goal, such as, “I want to write a book,” is less likely to make you meet that goal.
Check out this three-minute Ted Talk to see why.
I’m on Day 6 of the 750 words-a-day February challenge. I love a challenge, and I like the way 750words.com puts a framework around my writing practice.
As computer scientist Matt Cutts says, “small changes are sustainable.”
Whether you choose to do a writing challenge or some other type of challenge, I’m pretty sure it will make your life more interesting. And that can’t help but make you a better writer.
For another perspective about 30-day challenges, see how Cutts looks at them by watching this 3-minute TedTalk.