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4 Reasons You Should Develop a Daily Writing Practice

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Lots of people want to make a living writing, but most have no idea what it takes to actually be successful at it. The idea of being an award winning blogger, novelist or journalist is attractive because it holds a certain mystique. Sitting in a cafe or on a beach in some far flung country sounds exotic and sexy, which is why so many aspiring writers are out there trying their luck at making a living through creative writing.

But being good enough to actually be able to make a living through writing is a challenge. It takes regular practice and continuous focus, as well as a fair amount of good luck, to reach a level where you can comfortably support yourself through writing.

With all that being said, there are a lot of reasons to start a writing on a regular basis. Even if you aren’t able to make a living with writing right away, developing the ability to clearly communicate through writing is a rare attribute which should be cultivated.

In fact, there is evidence to suggest that people with above average written communication skills regularly earn higher salaries and are more likely to report higher levels of life satisfaction and overall happiness.

So how do you get started? One of the best ways to get better at writing is to develop a daily writing practice.

Here are four reasons to start a daily writing practice:

1. It teaches you to let go of the idea of perfection

For many people, the hardest part about starting to write is the idea that everything has to be perfect. Throw that idea away and learn to be comfortable “writing for the trash can.” This means that you should write without the intention of showing anyone else what you’re writing.

Sure, you may want to show your writing to someone eventually, but at least in the initial daily writing practice you shouldn’t worry about getting anything perfect on the first attempt. That’s what editing is for.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

2. It drives your creative engine

Writing on a daily basis means you will be constantly looking for inspiration in your daily life.

Whether you decide to write about an experience you had at the store earlier in the day, a memory you had about something that happened years ago, or a lesson that you think would be important to write down to remember later, creating a regular writing practice will teach you to keep an eye out for these pieces of creative inspiration. No matter what you decide to write, you’ll be tapping into and engaging your creative engine, which will feed into different parts of your life as well.

3. It builds your ability to persevere through difficulty

Writing is not always a bundle of laughs. In fact, sometimes writing can be hell. It can be like pulling teeth trying to get the next words out and onto the page. It can be awful, frustrating, and heartbreaking.

There’s also some good news which should inspire you to carry through the tough stretches. Often times, the best writing comes after you’ve fought long and hard to get through a rough patch. This practice of daily writing can teach you a lot about grit and perseverance, and it will help you in both your writing career and your personal life.

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

4. It helps you develop a style and a strong personal voice

Your personal writing style is influenced by a multitude of factors. You may be inspired by the books you’ve read, the people you’ve spent time with, and the music you listen to, but you also have your own unique style which can’t be copied.

The more that you write, the more you are able to develop your own personal, unique style which goes beyond the influences you engage with on a daily basis.

Developing a daily writing practice that is based on writing as quickly as possible is a bit like interval training for the writing muscle. Interval training works because it pushes you to write quickly and actively for a short burst of time, followed by a period of lower intensity writing.

Next time you think about improving your writing, consider adopting a daily writing practice which forces you to write anywhere from between 200 to 750 words a day.

Do you like to write? Share your thoughts on why you do or don’t below!

McVal is the founder of We Write For Growth, a platform for businesses to connect with talented writers and researchers and growth hackers. He is also the author of How to Make $2,000 a Month Online and Start Up your Life: Why we don’t know what we want, and how to set goals that really matter. McVal writes about motivation, decision making, and strategic thinking. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in Spanish, and has since worked as a market researcher and business consultant in Washington D.C., New York City and London. You can reach him on Twitter @mcval or on IG @mcvaliant. 

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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