What the Writer’s Life Really
Means to Me – Part One

If you’re like I was just a few months ago, your vision of the writer’s life might very well be a little lopsided.

It’s not intentional. And it’s not anyone’s fault either. It’s just a misunderstanding.

Until just recently, I thought the writer’s life was all about achieving a certain lifestyle – time, travel, freedom, money, respect, etc …

But my understanding of the writer’s life has changed now that I’m living it.

My goal today is to share my experience and my personal revelation so you can use it to inspire your own success.

The only reason we go to work every day …

It’s taken me 40 years to really understand a simple truth: no matter what it is you want from life, it can be summed up in one word – options.

That’s it. We all want more options during our days, weeks, and years on this rock we call Earth. Options for pursuing opportunities as well as for the inevitable problems life throws at us.

In part one of this article, I want to talk about the happy options the writer’s life can provide for you. In part two we’ll look at the options you don’t ever want to actually use – but when you need them, you’ll be glad they’re there.

Options – Part One

I hesitated to write this today because what I’m going to share with you could be considered bragging. That’s not my intention. I’m here to inspire you … to fan the flames of your desire to unleash all the options the writer’s life has waiting for you.

Summer Soccer Camps …

For the first time in my 10-year-old daughter’s life, I have the option to send her to top-level soccer camps over the summer. She loves soccer. I think she has some pretty good natural talent. But in kids’ sports these days, talent is not enough. To stay in sports through high school, you’d better have skills too.

Four years ago, extra soccer camps were not an option. We simply couldn’t afford any camps, much less the best camps rolling through town. Now we can … we have options we didn’t have before. Options – that’s what the writer’s life really means to me.

Guitar Lessons and 20 Days in Europe …

My son is 16. The first three-quarters of his life, we had very few options. When he played baseball, we couldn’t send him to camps to keep up with the other players in the area. He didn’t make the team in middle school.

Recently, he’s taken up an interest in guitar. Christmas two years ago, I had the option to make Christmas and his birthday a week later a little more special. We were able to move him from a Target brand electric guitar to a much nicer model.

Then we had the option to get him guitar lessons. Thanks to new options with my time, I was able to take him and stay and listen as his talent and skills blossomed. We’re now looking for a new teacher because he’s outgrown the one he was with.

Then there’s his trip to Europe. He’ll be spending 20 days touring Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and more. Pretty cool.

Now, a trip like that doesn’t come cheap. It’s simply not an option for most people. But thanks to the writer’s life, it is for my son.

And more …

You’ll be amazed at the new options and solutions that open up to you with just a small bit of success in the writer’s life.

I know, for me, in the midst of the worst economy in 80 years, I’ve increased my income by 90% per year for four years in a row. I have options now I only dreamed of before. I’m not even an “A-level” writer yet.

Multiplying options …

Just like I can send my kids to soccer camps or on trips to Europe, I can also multiply my options by learning new writing skills, attending seminars, or investing in more courses and coaching. With each new investment in myself, my options continue to grow.

In what areas of your life have you wished you had more options?

  • Kids?
  • Vacations?
  • House?
  • Cars?
  • Time off?
  • Time with family and friends?
  • Dinners out?
  • Health and fitness?
  • Hobbies?

You don’t have to pick the most expensive option, but the emotional freedom of having the option available is amazing.

In part two of this article, I’ll show you how having options can help you deal with life’s curveballs.

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Published: July 8, 2011

5 Responses to “What the Writer’s Life Really Means to Me – Part One”

  1. Thank you, Sean. This hits home for me. I really appreciate you opening up and sharing with everyone. Looking forward to Part Two!

    Kellie CraftJuly 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

  2. Sean, I like how your options seem to revolve around what you can do for your kids, not necessarily for yourself. I'm motivated by having more options in the vacation department, too. Nothing like taking time off on your own terms, not your employer's.

    Steve RollerJuly 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  3. Thanks, Sean, for sharing this...it is right on target with what I needed to see tonight from a lot of different perspectives. Looking forward to Part II.

    Guest (Angela)July 9, 2011 at 2:18 am

  4. You hit the nail on the head Sean. It is about having options--and I find for me anyway, it's about having the option to spend my time the way I want--whether that means time traveling, taking a long lunch in the middle of the day or spending time watching my kids activities. Of course the money option is nice too, but for me the freedom to spend my time the way I want is my favorite option!

    Cindy CyrJuly 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm


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