Who is your Sherpa?
I recently opened a journal my friend Lisa gave me and read what she’d written on the inside cover…
It made me smile.
And I thought about all the support I’ve gotten with my writing over the years—support like her note, the encouragement of friends and family, friendships with other writers, and small wins along the way like my manuscripts receiving awards.
They’ve made all the difference; it’s been an awesome journey.
The truth is, when I first started writing, I naively thought it would be easy–that all those best-sellers found their success overnight.
That was before I came to understand, more often than not, behind every success story is a journey of patience and perseverance.
A journey where the support and encouragement of others really helped.
I love the card my mother-in-law gave me several years ago (that’s still on my desk). After the words You can do it! Hang in there! is a quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. Press on!
Literary Agent Sandra Bishop at MacGregor Literary wrote a great post a while back titled Not Going it Alone that talked about how writing can sometimes be like climbing Mt. Everest. And, similar to a climber having a Sherpa to help him or her get to the top of the mountain, it’s a good idea for a writer to have a Sherpa too.
help guide you along the sometimes steep and narrow path,
cheer you on if you get discouraged or start to doubt yourself,
help you stay focused on your goals,
or push you harder when you think about giving up.
And I think that’s true for any situation in life, whether you’re…
pursuing writing or another goal,
battling health issues,
working through relationship or financial difficulties,
struggling as a parent…
the list could go on and on.
We all need someone to come alongside us from time to time and say,
“You can do it.”
What about you? What climb are you on? And who is your Sherpa?
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