Successful People Don’t Wait to Feel Ready to Start

Hey there, it’s Bob Lucchesi, and we’re talking this week about the power of your limitations.

On Monday, I showed you how the power of your limitations can give you focus, and on Tuesday I helped you determine the canvas on which to paint a picture of your success.

Today, you’ll discover that the perfect time to get started is … in the middle of all these limitations!

Let me ask you a question: When do you think would be the ideal time to start writing a novel?

What would be the perfect conditions that would support and inspire a writer to take on such a monumental task?

Hmmm, let’s think …

Plenty of free time to write without a lot of interruption or distracting responsibilities or issues … a nice quiet room with a good desk, computer or laptop …

Being in good mental and physical health to foster clear, imaginative creativity …

Having a good support network of family, friends and colleagues …

And, the self-confidence that you possess the lyrical prowess to create a bestseller.

Does this sound like a good environment for a burgeoning writer to start a new novel? Sounds good to me … in fact, I’d love it!

But, what if the conditions were much different and seemed impossible to overcome? Could you still write your novel?

That’s exactly what a young woman named Joanne did. The obstacles she faced were daunting. She had to get a restraining order to protect her and her baby daughter from her abusive ex-husband. Her mother had recently died, and the father she had a rocky relationship with doesn’t speak to her.

As a single parent with no job and little money, she was forced to sign up for welfare benefits to help care for her young daughter. With a failed marriage, no family support, struggling to make ends meet … she fell into a deep depression and was on the verge of suicide …

But, despite those horrible living conditions, over the next five years, Joanne used an old typewriter to complete her very first manuscript and summoned up the courage to submit it to a publisher …

She was immediately rejected by the first, second and third publishers … and, the rejections from publishers continued …

Finally, on the verge of giving up after 12 straight rejections, Joanne decided to send it out to the 13th publisher …

Lucky number 13 …

Had Joanne waited for the perfect conditions to be in place before she started her novel, it would have never been written … and the world would never have known Joanne … or, should I say, J.K. Rowling … as in Harry Potter.

Before anyone became a “professional” screenwriter, novelist or copywriter, know this fact … they were, at the beginning, just like you and me. Some were in a little bit better place to start, and some, like J.K. Rowling, much worse.

The key here is, ready or not – the successful writers start writing!

You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, or unqualified at times … have no money, no resources, no contacts and no experience. That’s okay – we all start there …

Let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough! Trust me … it’s enough to just get started.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to write a book, a screenplay or a direct-response promo … who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to start!

I’d like to know what steps you’re going to take today to get started! Let me know here in the comments.

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about how you can create limits to drive focus and get more done.

I’d like to leave you with a quote from J.K. Rowling that encapsulates the power of limits …

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

J.K. Rowling, 2008 Harvard Commencement Address

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Published: September 9, 2015

22 Responses to “Successful People Don’t Wait to Feel Ready to Start”

  1. Occupationally,I am in a rather unique situation. My supervisor and client have given me the green light to write as I work. I am a second shift Security Officer at a locked down facility. Other than hourly perimeter checks, I have absolutely nothing to do!

    Guest (chipieal)

  2. Bob, You're absolutely right! We all have to work within your limitations. There is no perfect time, but the time we have now. I am curently writing my first romance novel, started on September 2, and after only four chapters in I see why people give up, the distractions are overwhelming, but I'm hanging in slugging away and hope to finish by the end of the year. Keep inspiring us to work within our limitations. You message was so timely. You are my mentor!

    Mary E

  3. This story is very inspiring. I have not completed my Copywriting course yet, and even when I do, I somehow doubt my capabilities to be a copywriter. I feel I am too old to start now!


  4. Man, you can tell a story #HUGS

    Thanks Kitto

    Guest (Kit)

  5. What I would really like is a button to share some of these emails I received on my twitter or linked in. This was so motivational. As soon as I saw the name Joanne, I just knew it was J.K. Loved this email. Thanks again.

    Guest (Misha Miller)

  6. Nevermind. I found it.Thank goodness for sharing :)

    Guest (Misha Miller)

  7. I will start clearing my mind and freeing my time so I can think of something great to write about.

    Guest (Irene)

  8. I will start clearing my mind and freeing my time so I can think of something great to write about.

    Guest (Irene)

  9. I am a very good writer, I write from my heart. But I am not going to pay for a writing job. Why is it that every time we inquire about writing jobs there is always a catch. My daughter has cancer, I don't have money to pay you for a writing job. You should pay me.

    Guest (Eleanor Monroe)

  10. Hello Bob, thank you again for the wonderful introduction, and I am more than excited on starting my career in writing. I am also, a women who have had more challenges than I have cared to have, however' I am a women of great faith! I only hope and pray, that I can find a computer that can fit my small budget. I invested what little that I had, to take advantage this opportunity. I will do my best to get this on the ball. I have less than 30days to come up with the additional monies, to keep this wonderful package, and I am applying for job, after job, to make it happen. Please be patient with me. Mom, always said, you have not, because you ask not. (smile)

    Guest (Gloria Love)

  11. This is my first attempt at trying do something like this. This seems like the most believe able way to make a living. I want to see if I have what it takes to do this thing. Copywriting for a living.
    I write poems now and blogs. So this seems to be right up my alley.

    Guest (poetsteve15)

  12. I have started. My first idea was small: write poetry and work on getting that published. I joined a workshop and started putting myself out there. Got one poem published for now. More, soon, I hope!
    I'm working on dreaming bigger: supporting myself by my writing (probably not poetry alone!) and that's why I joined AWAI.

    I start my day writing--Julia Cameron's Morning Pages--and that helps shape the rest of my writing day.
    Erika Zeitz


  13. I'm going to start writing my first chapter on my novel that's been in my head for awhile now, and learn more about copywriting

    Guest (Sally Johmson)

  14. I'm presently working on my first book titled Brown Skies/Fallen Angels (Letters From Folsom)@Inkshares dot com I've submitted 10 chapters with 20 more to edit and submit within the next 165 days. My book is based on letters with to my brother while he was in Prison. I send him 5-6 page letters reminding him of our life experiences, using humour, and lots of encouragement along the way with scriptures.

    Guest (Michael Castro)

  15. Hi Bob! I will continue to work my way through the Accelerated Program for Six Figure Copywriting. There will never be a perfect time; all we will ever have is right now. That will have to be perfect enough! I am also working on an ebook of inspirational poetry.


  16. The J K Rowling story - just the boost I needed this slightly nippy autumnal UK Thursday morning - thanks

    Guest (Andy V)

  17. What are my plans? Well, I am working diligently to finish the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. I have a full-time job with a decent boss, but my employees are horrifyingly selfish and anal. They stress me out. They cause my good employees to leave.
    So I will make a point to become productive for myself when I reach the sanctuary of my peaceful home each night. There is so much that can be accomplished, especially when the beneficiary is me! Thank you, Bob!


  18. My inseparable identical twin died 15yrs ago. Because he was 5 minutes younger, he was as much my first gift as I was truly his last. And now? I've got to finally finish the book. Because if he were STILL alive, we'd BOTH be dead.

    Guest (Chris Morris)

  19. I have begun writing newsletters and sending them to businesses in the local area as samples of my talents and creativity. It may not be the perfect place to start, but it is a start. Each is unique to their business, and I send it with a friendly email to let them know that this is a new service I am offering to local businesses. I also am posting a blog to showcase my writing abilities. This is my beginning.


  20. Today was the 1st opportunity to read all the emails since joining in August. My goal today was to read and place all in folders to refer back to. I learned about domains and web sites. Notes were taken and a plan is now in place. I am excited about the journey I have begun. Feeling overwhelmed, it feels good to have a plan with the help of all the tips. Thank you.

    Guest (Susan )

  21. Ever so often something that I need to hear comes along at just the right time. Today for me, it was your article, Bob. Thank you for the reminders and the inspiration.

    Guest (Kelti)

  22. Sometimes my self-limiting beliefs get me in the mode of not taking the actions I need to and not telling feeling good enough...but every now and then

    "Let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough! Trust me … it’s enough to just get started." Some great encouragement comes along.

    I'm going to finish my Restaurant Letter today and turn in the draft so I can feel more comfortable finishing the next exercises I've read up to in the Accelerated Copywriting program.


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