I read somewhere that this is attributed to Michael Chabon who then attributed it to someone else who then attributed it to yet another person who then attributed it back to Michael Chabon who just emailed me to tell me that he would like to attributed it to me. So I will have to then attribute it back to Michael Chabon who is an entertaining and awesome writer and one of my favourites.
If you want to succeed in writing (or life) you need three things:
3) (It’s either or all) Self-Control, Determination, and/or Motivation.
The beauty of these three things is that only one is in your control – Number 3. Talent is in our genes. Luck comes to us from the outside in terms of connections we make and people we meet thereby opening up opportunities for ourselves. Some may say that “you make your own luck”, but all that means is that you have a lot of 3 (either or all). So really, the only thing in your control is how hard you work. Find something that fills your heart and makes you feel as though you are a part of the world, not apart from it, and 3 the hell out of it. Unless it’s bad for you and/or others, ’cause that’s just a big waste of time.