Faith: The Powerhouse of Success

Success is such a funny thing.

I recently read Michael Masterson's fascinating book, Ready, Fire, Aim, and discovered that, in his mind, a company has only just begun when it hits a million dollars in revenues. And to be considered a “success,” you’ve got to push far beyond $10 or $20 million.

In 2005, I considered the joy of finding $5.00 in change under the couch and behind the fridge a major success. Meant we could buy some bread and milk that day for our 6 children.

This morning, I woke up wondering what you thought success might be. That thought brought an interesting picture to my mind … a picture of the journey you are engaged in right now to reach success. The uncertainty of being a good enough writer, the fear of facing possible rejection, the terror of proposals and quoting prices, etc., etc., etc.

It was not too long ago that I was on that journey – in fact, I still am – so, my heart goes out to you. Would it be too condescending and unprofessional of me to suggest that I can help you reach your “success” faster and easier?

You see, one of my personal strengths is understanding how to get myself moving. Oh, you can be sure I’ve not always known the right things to do to create success, but I pretty much always knew how to get myself to do something. Motion without direction is a very dangerous thing – far more costly than knowledge without movement. Michael knows this, which is why he says, “Ready, Fire, Aim.” I always just said “Fire” and skipped the “Ready and Aim” part of the game!

I have a hunch that right now, this morning, you’re sitting there with lots of correct information in your head about becoming a wildly successful web writer. More than you think, as you’ll discover later. But, I bet, as well, that you’re simply not doing a lot of it – certainly not enough of it.

Now, I won’t get into the “it” part of things right now. But, how about I give you a peek inside the perpetually motivated mind of Joshua Boswell to help you unlock your own powerhouse of success?

At the core of my constant movement is faith. No, today, I’m not going to deliver a sermon about religious faith. Rather, I’m talking about the fundamental principle behind all action in all human beings.

Let me give you a simple definition of faith: Confidence that the unseen and unrealized will become seen and realized in your life. Confidence is the key, and seeing into the future is the fuel.

  • When you submit to that nasty alarm clock in the morning and force yourself to be at the mercy of a boss each day, you do it because you have faith – or confidence – that you’ll get a check.
  • When I was dating my dear, wonderful wife, I did all kinds of amazing things to impress her, because I had faith that she would respond and give me lots of lovin’s back.
  • When I buried myself into copywriting and made over $100,000 in less than 12 months, I did so out of faith that what AWAI and Bob Bly were telling me could become reality. Sure, we were dead broke and hungry at the time, but that was not the sustaining power of my actions. It was a confidence and trust that I could achieve the end goal.

How do I stay motivated? How do I keep going in the face of massive opposition? How do I keep moving forward when there is no evidence of success? How do I face rejection, fear, uncertainty, poverty, and doubt?

Faith. I have a crystal clear image in my mind of what I want in life and a confidence that I can achieve it. I usually don’t know how to get there, and I don’t have to. Why? Because someone else knows all those details; I just have to find them.

How can I be so confident? Because I’ve planted a garden before. What I mean is I know that we live in a world that has certain unchangeable laws. If I plant corn in my garden, give it water, and let the sun shine down on it. Then I’m certain to get corn. I’ll never get watermelon by planting corn. This simple principle never varies. Planting corn gives you corn.

It’s the same with people. If I see one person enjoying the writer’s life, then I know I can get there, if I do the same things he or she did. Far too often, we trick ourselves into believing in luck or abstract cosmic fortune, when the reality is if we plant corn, corn comes up.

Once you have that truth firmly lodged in your mind, then virtually any amount of success is at your fingertips.

What is the first step to unlimited success? The first step is defining what you want.

“Where do you want to get to?” asked the Cheshire Cat. “I don't know,” admitted Alice. “Then,” advised the cat, “any road will take you there.”

Translation: You will never reach success in your life, if you don’t define it. Not just because you don’t know where you’re going, but because without a clear vision of what you want, you’ll never have the motivation to get off your rump and do the right things.

Helping myself and fellow copywriters to get moving down the right road is my specialty. Every Monday morning, I grab the video camera and have a mentoring session with copywriters just like you. We talk about overcoming the demons of fear, doubt, stress, fatigue, uncertainty, and clouded vision. I reveal every aspect of my success as a copywriter. I hold nothing back – nothing. Not only that, but I personally answer every email sent to me and give individual feedback and advice. It is magical.

I’d like to invite you to join me and discover that special magic for yourself. Discover what we can do together.

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Published: June 10, 2009

8 Responses to “Faith: The Powerhouse of Success”

  1. What a wonderful article Joshua. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Yes, I'm one of the ones sitting here with all kinds of knowledge and spinning in all directions and not getting where I want to be. I'm not even sure exactly what I want and will work on that today. Thank you again.

    barbarjoJune 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

  2. This business definitely takes a leap of faith, and you've spelled it out well. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Steve RollerJune 10, 2009 at 10:40 am

  3. Nicely put, Joshua.

    Thanks.

    Your personal story reminded me of when my wife and I set out to buy our first property. We knew we wanted to build our dream house, but you can't imagine what a leap of faith it took...

    We had been living in a 500 sq.ft. - 40 year old mobile home for 10 years.

    But we knew what we wanted.

    On our 1st trip out to look for property, I spotted an overgrown 10 acres. I looked no more.

    We were able to buy it and build our dream home with no money down - on faith!

    Rod Newbound RNJune 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  4. It seems funny somedays how the world works, let me explain. In my day job one of the things I do is to train sales people. This morning on my way into work, knowing I needed a great sales meeting, I had a little "inspired thought". I decided to talk about the principles of success and what keeps us from achieving it. We discussed fear, the lack of self confidence and how are own thoughts hold us back. Now fastforward to this afternoon. I get back from lunch and check my email and low and behold there is an email from Joshua Boswell about the same ideas I had spoke of that very morning. I will use his memo for a follow up on the topic this afternoon. Wow..the universe works in strange ways! Thanks for a masterpiece Joshua.

    chuckJune 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

  5. As always, Joshua, your comments are right-on. And you are providing each of us such a wonderful step-by-step path to plant and nurture and enjoy the seeds of our 'copywriting career garden' with your Monday Morning Jumpstart wisdom. It's truly a motivating start to each week and I thank you! With Faith in my heart & eye on the goal..Keep Moving Forward:)

    Kathleen Cleary-boomermarketingJune 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

  6. Thank you Joshua, I enjoy your articles and love your mentor jump start program. Its gets and keeps me motivated. I thank God for you - Thanks for all your help.

    wvcopywriterJune 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

  7. In my past life-As a manager of a tax office, I wrote letters to the IRS for clients. As a director of a nonprofit, I wrote grants, did the newsletter, and press releases. As a retiree, I have been writing research articles for a pet magazine.
    I've made my action plan and feel ready to do what it takes to have a successful career as a copywriter.
    No more sitting on the fence.

    ExclusiveApril 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  8. This article is timeless. Thank you Joshua, you captured my feelings aptly. It’s 2020 now(11yrs after this article was written) and i have those same fears as expressed by other readers. Some doubt, a lack of confidence in my ability as a new copywriter. For the past 3months I have devoured the Acceleratd Program. I feel I have learnt a lot but I’m still nervous about getting started. Perhaps practicing Faith is what I need to believe in myself and this writers path I have chosen to tread

    Guest (Kuphee)April 6, 2020 at 4:57 pm


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