TSLS 0002 - The 15 Principles Of Highly Successful Authors

What if there were 15 principles that could take you from who you are now, to the successful author you always wanted to be?

That's exactly what we're going to be talking about today: the principles I discovered through hundreds of case studies detailing the similarities, habits and qualities of some of the most famous, wealthiest, and most celebrated authors in the world (and further described in my bestselling book, The Authorship Program®).

Every author that has ever had any measure of success has learnt how to harness the power of these principles - and now I'm sharing it all with you, so without further ado...

1. They commit to writing the damn book. (Commitment)

"Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby." - Neil Strauss (Tweet this!)

This might sound obvious but, a writer writes. They dedicate themselves to an idea, they dedicate themselves to an actual day of the week (not “someday”), then they make plans to see the idea through to the end no matter what.

2. They believe in the possibility of their success. (Self-Confidence)

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” - E.E. Cummings (Tweet this!)

If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? To be a success you need to hone your craft enough so you can always confidently say, "Yes - success is possible for me right now”.

3. They believe they are worthy of success. (Self-Esteem)

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

People only work within the confines of how they perceive themselves, and when your self-esteem is low, that perception is usually far from the truth. You won’t be successful until you believe that you are truly worthy of it.

4. They take control of their lives. (Self-Efficacy)

“Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?” - J.M. Coetzee

You can’t waste time waiting for permission from an imaginary, all-knowing mentor to tell you exactly what you need to do with your life. No one in this world is now, or will ever be qualified enough. If you want to get your novel(s) published, you need to be the one who gets things moving.

5. They learn how to truly connect with others. (Emotional Intelligence)

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” - Mark Twain

Learning to connect with others makes you a better writer, a better communicator, and greatly improves the chances of people liking you and your books. Once you’ve mastered the art of emotions, you can create content that provides readers with the connection they crave.

6. They transform their mindsets. (Mindset)

“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” - John Dryden

Our minds often become set in their ways, creating repetitive thoughts, bad habits and patterns that often hinder us from moving forward in our writing careers. Successful authors take the time to find these sets, combat them, and change them.

7. They decide what they stand for. (Values)

“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.” - José Ortega y Gasset

Every word you set on paper, every page you punctuate, and every story you finish becomes an extension of yourself when you’re a writer. Successful authors know their values come through in their works and tell the world who they are.

8. They connect with their purpose. (Purpose)

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” - Margaret Atwood

Successful authors have come to terms with the fact that writing is their personal mission, accepted how worthwhile and valuable it is to the world, and offer it to the world without reservation.

9. They learn how to motivate themselves (Motivation)

“I said 'Somebody should do something about that.' Then I realized I am somebody.” - Lily Tomlin

If you can’t motivate yourself, you’re screwed in so many ways. Successful writers don’t just have motivation for their writing, they know exactly what that motivation is, and what they need to do to regain it if they lose it from time to time.

10. They create affirmations for themselves. (Affirmations)

“There is no affirmation without the one who affirms. In this sense, everything to which you grant your love is yours.” - Ayn Rand

All the successful authors you can think of have used affirmations at some stage in their lives to propel them forward, so the sooner you create some for yourself, the sooner you will be able to claim your rightful place among them.

11. They set goals for themselves. (Goal-setting)

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” - Paulo Coelho

It’s hard to remember where you’re going if you don’t set checkpoints for yourself along the way. Successful authors ultimately know what they are trying to achieve, and continually make small steps towards it.

12. They write the damn book. (Productivity)

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” - Stephen King

That’s right! At this stage, successful people have actually written the book. This is not to be confused with the first point in this post, which was simply making the decision to write. Commitment can only be measured by action.

13. They manage their time. (Self-Management)

“There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson

They learn to manage their time like it’s the most precious thing in the world…because it is. They spend more time on the things that are important, and find ways to consciously remove the stresses (no matter how small) from their lives.

14. They create their own paths to success (Success)

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Viktor E. Frankl

A big part of being a writer is finding your own way. You might want to research what the greats did before you, but at some point you have to take the first tentative steps on your own personal journey.

15. They make writing work towards their happiness (Happiness)

“I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

The only thing that matters is your happiness. All successful authors know this. Write about the things that truly matter to you; that entertain you, interest you, and will contribute to your happiness in the long term - because the success will follow.

Over to you:

How many of the principles have you mastered? Let me know in the comments below!

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