If your indie author career had a color-coded threat level chart, do you know what (or who?) would be at the very top tier in flaming red with blinking neon lights?
Yeah, that’s right.
The biggest threat to your indie author career is YOU, the indie author.
Because you’re human.
You were built with flaws and weaknesses. Yes, it’s what makes you who you are and it’s why your friends and family love you. But it’s also a huge danger to your success in self-publishing.
That’s why you have to take care of yourself if you plan to make a career out of self-publishing.
The best advice I’ve ever received…
Toni and I have a few mentors who really inspire us, one of whom is this unbelievable marketing genius named Clay Collins. A few weeks ago, he shared this beautiful, insightful post about the perils of entrepreneurship on Facebook:
The best thing I’ve done for my business is take care of myself. All your personal issues, hang-ups, fears, flaws, etc. WILL show up in your business and manifest in your company culture. Entrepreneurship has a way of finding your weaknesses (even more so than relationships), so my advice is to constantly work on getting your [censored!] together. Work out, meditate, go to therapy, read self-help books, journal . . . whatever you need to do become as psychologically and physically healthy as you can be is what you need to be doing.
If you’re not already happy, your business isn’t going to make you happier. If you have weaknesses, your business will find them and exploit them. Entrepreneurship can be one of the greatest impetuses for self-growth, and you can either embrace the challenge or run away from it. But the challenge itself is not going to go away.
This is some of the best, most honest advice I’ve ever heard about going into business for yourself. It really made me re-evaluate some things in my life and work harder to get my affairs in order (i.e. joining a gym, getting more organized, adjusting my priorities and leaving my day job).
What do y’all think?
- How does it apply to being an indie author?
- What can you do to help prepare yourself for running your indie career?
- Is there anything in your life you feel like you need to change to give yourself a better shot at success?
- What weaknesses do you need to work on?
- What would you add if you were advising someone else interested in becoming an indie author?