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I started writing unprofessionally three years ago. Some would say my whole career is unprofessional and I’d agree. Imperfection is damn sexy though.
I began writing only because my mentor Joel Brown said I should and I stupidly said yes without knowing why. Now, of course, I’m crystal clear about why I write: it’s to inspire. I remember uploading articles to Addicted2Success.com and seeing no one like them. I remember thinking I was a failure.
In the early days, I was writing articles about entrepreneurs I had interviewed and I wasn’t that passionate about it. Every article felt like really hard work and it required an incredible amount of willpower. Everyone at the time was doing entrepreneur interviews and there was nothing special.
Then one day, I wrote an article for the fun of it that had nothing to do with anything. It was essentially a brain fart that I concocted after dinner, late one night. It took less than one hour to write and it was written with passion. The words came out of me without even trying.
Since that day, the words have continued to pour out of me in the same way. I get into a state of flow and then it happens. Words appear, people get inspired and we all have one big party that has been named “life.” From the day I wrote that article, thousands of people shared it and they still do today.
I didn’t stop
After my big moment on the internet going viral, everything stopped. The tumbleweed that drifted through the desert with an eerie silence continued. Everything calmed down and people stopped caring again.
I didn’t stop though because I found my writing therapeutical.
“My blog posts became like my own personal journey and it was a way for me to escape from the Alcatraz that was my head. This prison that lived inside my head kept telling me that no one cared and I’d never be successful.”
I decided to keep finding ways to break out of Alcatraz and check in to the Ritz Hotel that was me becoming a conscious, passionate, crazy online leader.
I stopped giving a damn
Over the next eighteen months, I kept writing every moment I got. No one paid attention but I did. I started paying attention to the shift that was happening inside of me. The leader that had always been stuck inside of me started to unleash.
The things that used to hold me back disappeared. I didn’t give two hoots about what anyone thought and I only cared about inspiring those who wanted to be inspired. I worked my butt off and started waking up at 4 am to post new blog articles. People couldn’t understand how I had the time to write working a full-time job.
The part they didn’t get was that because the words flowed out of me so easily, it didn’t take that long at all to write something of value. People watched me posting articles and thought I was crazy. They thought what I was doing was career suicide in the big bad world of corporate politics.
I never liked politics anyway, so I stuck my middle finger up at the way things were traditionally done. I decided to be a rebel writer and live my dream. I continued to make no money and people kept on questioning what I was doing.
A few people believed, but most didn’t. What stuck out like tomato sauce on a freshly dry cleaned white shirt was that I believed and that’s all that mattered. I saw something that no one else could see: my real potential versus my current success.
I had the motivation to continue on when no one cared because I believed I could change the world. I saw myself as someone who had the potential to serve millions of people online. I kept telling myself never to give up and I also spread the same message throughout everything I wrote.
“I thought my writing was going to save everybody else, but what it really did is save myself”
My writing saved me from living a life without meaning and it helped me discover who I really was. I saw the pattern between every goal I’d ever had: to inspire and evoke emotion from strangers.
This clarity fuelled me and I became relentless. I reached out to every blogger, leader and person that had done cool stuff that inspired me. Originally I thought they’d all ignore me: none of them did. See when you have energy and passion oozing out of you, people can’t say no. An unwavering belief in what you’re doing is all that matters.
The tipping point happened
I began to see a change when each day I started to get a message from a reader/fan. It started as one message per day, then two, then three. Now I get more messages of support every day than I have time to read. Success often doesn’t become a reality in a single moment.
Success is something that is hard to measure in the early days until one giant moment happens that everyone sees. The part no one sees is the many smaller moments that happened beforehand. The small successes that may not have looked like a textbook example of “success.”
That big day finally came
So the big day happened when an article I wrote went viral. This was the third time it had happened, although this time the success became permanent. All those years, when I thought no one was reading, people were. What had occurred was that they were too scared to show they were reading because my success was still largely unproven.
It was only after the big success moment that people felt it was okay to come out of the metaphorical closet and say they were inspired by what I was doing. All those nights spent locked away in my office being anti-social was worth it. All those cups of green tea, takeaway meals, indoor plants, and weird emails to myself with possible headlines for articles had meant something.
More publications reached out to me and pretty soon I wasn’t just writing for Addicted2Success; I was writing for the biggest sites on the entire internet. The ones where the editors get pitched one hundred times a day by people who want to do nothing more than self-promote and build a BS “personal brand.”
Before I knew it, I was getting offered book deals, business opportunities, podcast interviews and public speaking gigs. I took some but ignored most. I remembered what was important and the fact that unwavering focus had got me to where I was.
I knew I was ready for some opportunities and not for others like public speaking. The journey had begun, but I was far from the summit of the mountain of my dreams.
Strangely, though, it was all one ginormous anti-climax moment. Nothing had changed. Even today nothing has changed. I still want to inspire people and I still like sharing stories. I still want to live with passion and I still want to create a meaning for my life that outlives me.
What has changed is that people have seen my success as something that’s happened recently – what total BS that is. It’s taken my entire existence to discover the meaning of my life, find a medium to share it on and go after it with relentless optimism.
What you didn’t see with my success
You didn’t see the person that existed before all of this. You didn’t see the selfish, rude, arrogant, brat who lived for material possessions and felt like he was entitled to success because he grew up in Australia, the land of the free. I can say those horrible things because I’m talking about myself. Thankfully that’s the opposite of who I am now.
You didn’t see the transformation that occurred after that one big rock bottom moment. When everything made no sense and I had to look inside of myself to crawl out of that black hole that had become my existence. You didn’t see me step out of the darkness and into the light.
All you saw was me in the light and assumed I had always been there shining away brightly, and living the good life that is passion and purpose. How wrong that lie is. How wrong the whole concept of overnight success is.
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Clive Staples “C.S” Lewis was an English novelist, lecturer, poet, Christian apologist, lay theologian, broadcaster and academic. He is most recognized from his works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Space Trilogy.
He is also known for his apologetic writings such as The Problem of Pain, Mere Christianity and many others. The writings of Lewis have been translated into 30 languages, selling millions of copies.
While C.S. Lewis was alive, his net-worth was estimated around 10 million dollars.
Here are 45 C.S Lewis Quotes:
1. “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” – C.S Lewis
2. “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” – C.S Lewis
3. “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C.S Lewis
4. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S Lewis
5. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis
6. “All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – C.S Lewis
7. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S Lewis
8. “The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” – C.S Lewis
9. “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” – C.S Lewis
10. “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” – C.S Lewis
11. “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.” – C.S Lewis
12. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C.S Lewis
13. “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” – C.S Lewis
14. “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” – C.S Lewis
15. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S Lewis
16. “We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S Lewis
17. “Forgiveness does not mean excusing” – C.S Lewis
18. “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” – C.S Lewis
19. “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” – C.S Lewis
20. “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S Lewis
21. “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C.S Lewis
22. “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C.S Lewis
23. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” – C.S Lewis
24. “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S Lewis
25. “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C.S Lewis
26. “God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.” – C.S Lewis
27. “We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C.S Lewis
28. “Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.” – C.S Lewis
29. “We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C.S Lewis
30. “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.” – C.S Lewis
31. “Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” – C.S Lewis
32. “The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” – C.S Lewis
33. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis
34. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” – C.S Lewis
35. “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” – C.S Lewis
36. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S Lewis
37. “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” – C.S Lewis
38. “It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.” – C.S Lewis
39. “To walk out of His will is to walk into nowhere.” – C.S Lewis
40. “Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” – C.S Lewis
41. “‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.” – C.S Lewis
42. “To love at all is to be vulnerable” – C.S Lewis
43. “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” – C.S Lewis
44. “Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.” – C.S Lewis
45. “One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” – C.S Lewis