Thursday, October 10, 2013

Is Success Just Around the Corner?

How close are you to success? Do you see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

We never really know, do we? We don’t know what is around the next corner. Just ask someone like Hugh Howey of Wool series fame. In his interview with IU he mentioned that he attributes a lot of his success to “… dumb luck. Things just take off sometimes.”

How do we know if success is just around the corner for ourselves? 

We don’t. 

I’m not a Starbucks Coffee fan, but its founder, Howard Schultz, once said, “I believe that life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all.”

As an indie writer/publisher/marketer/etc., we don’t have the “corporation” looking over our shoulders, giving us deadlines. Sometimes, discipline and perseverance are tough to find. I remember a story by Napoleon Hill that he penned in the early 1900s. During the gold rush of the 1800s, a man had set out to find his riches. After weeks of work, success. He struck gold! He sent a message back east to raise the money and bring out the equipment to mine the gold.

They mined the first car of ore and shipped it to the smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado. They went to work mining when suddenly the vein disappeared. They drilled on, trying to pick up the vein without luck. Defeated, they sold off the equipment and headed back east.

The individual who bought the equipment did a little calculating and took into account “fault lines.” He determined that the vein should pick up three feet from where the others quit. That’s exactly where it was and he made millions.

You can and will be successful. In so many cases, you are just three feet from the gold. We just need to see what other people don’t see and pursue that vision. 

We’re a different breed. Keep writing your goals. Keep getting better every day. It will change your life. Whatever you do, don’t be the one to stop three feet from the gold.

A version of this post appeared on Indies Unlimited. is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling Young Adult novel, The Card. He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!