Friday, May 28, 2010

Success is a Tsunami

You know what I realized recently? I am surrounded by successful authors. When I say successful, I don’t necessarily mean all published, though more and more, that’s happening. What I mean is dedicated, hard-working writers with high aspirations and goals.

I’ve decided it’s like success is a wave. This big tsunami that rears up and crashes down on us all at once. We all hold hands, helping and protecting each other, creating a chain so that when the wave hits, we can all surf it together.

Not that we’re all in the same stage of writing, or on the same level ground as others. Some people wait on the shore, while others prepare for the wave by heading to higher ground. But no matter where we are when it hits, if we hold tight to the hands of others, we’ll all end up in a similar place when it’s over.

Does that make sense? I mean, if I spend all this time surrounded by other successful people, how can I fail? These are my friends and they won’t let me fall any faster than I would allow them to do.

Granted, everyone’s on a completely different journey. But I suspect that if we continue to learn from those who are higher on the mountain, whether we follow in their footsteps or forge our own path, we will absolutely make it to the top. I know this. You should too.

So grab hold of someone’s hand, because the wave is about to crest. I intend to be ready when it reaches me. What about you?

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Solvang Sherrie said...

I love this idea! I can't wait for the wave to hit. I'm gonna ride it for all it's worth!

Christine Fonseca said...

HA! I have often thought about this in the same way. GREAT POST!@

Janet Johnson said...

So true. Great comparison!

Hope I'm ready when it hits. :)

Nisa said...

I'm not published, but I feel so successful because of the awesome people that surround me. This makes so much sense. What a wonderful post!

Angie said...

Nice post, Nichole. It's been so nice to be surrounded by all you awesome people lately. (Even if it is mostly on the internet.)

Tristi Pinkston said...

And the fact that you're amazingly talented never hurts. :)