The Monday Morning WHIP // 142

This Monday get doing, get making, get calling, get mailing, get printing, get shooting, get – well – doing something. Because as Stan (http://branddna NULL.blogspot tells us it’s all about making it happen yourself.


Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is the author of one of my favourite coming of age novels – Norwegian Wood.

When he’s not writing Murakami is running. A lot.

He’s completed several marathons and has recently published a book looking at the links between his writing and his running. It’s called What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

Like me, Murakami believes that talent will only get you so far. And that persistence, passion and discipline are essential to success.

Here are three points from his new book. I suggest you give them some consideration:

“I’m often asked what’s the most important quality a novelist has to have. It’s pretty obvious: talent. If you don’t have any fuel, even the best car won’t run.”

“If I’m asked what the next most important quality is for a novelist, that’s easy too: focus – the ability to concentrate all your limited talents on whatever’s critical at the moment. Without that you can’t accomplish anything of value.”

“After focus, the next most important thing for a novelist is, hands down, endurance. Fortunately, these two disciplines – focus and endurance – are different from talent, since they can be acquired and sharpened through training.”

As I’ve touched on many times in these Monday Morning Whips, talent is just the beginning.

So stop sitting around, wondering why nobody has yet to recognize your genius, and get stuck in to making your career happen.



Written by Junior
Originally posted on: 22/08/2011
Category: WHIP
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