Earlier this month, Seth Godin wrote a post in regards to the origin stories of successful people/companies. It really struck home for me. I love to read the biographies of successful people like Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, and how their humble beginnings fueled the fire that launched their careers.
But no one would be able to duplicate their success by following in their exact footsteps. It's ridiculous. Create your own success. Create your own origin story.
And then yesterday, I was listening to the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast when the host Simon interviewed bestselling author Mark Dawson, about how he can write to prolifically while maintaining a full-time job and raising small children. It struck me that he could've been interviewing me--not only do I have a full-time job, I'm raising three children and being a caregiver for my wife who is recovering from beginning ill three years ago with leukemia.
It's good to know what steps an author--or anyone else who's successful--to become a success. But choose your own path. Don't make the same mistakes they made. Make your own mistakes.
And one day, far down the road, someone will hear about your origin story and will be inspired to pursue their own dreams.