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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

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Nov 30, 2020

What does it mean to be successful as a writer?

It’s a simple question—you might say even deceptively simple. Why? Because we don’t often stop to think about how we define success. We are so accustomed to certain metrics that we seldom question our ideas of success. Like a dog chasing a car, we continue to run after it, never stopping to wonder if we should be chasing that particular car in the first place.

We typically define success in terms of achievement. When someone has a successful book launch and reaches a certain number of online reviews, we brand that as a success. When someone sells a certain amount of books, we brand that as a success. When someone gets a publishing deal with one of the top five New York publishing houses, we brand that as a success.

On today's episode, Kent challenges the idea that "success" comes only when you launch a book or achieve another major goal.


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