Follow Your Passion

You know what’s the crazy thing about being passionate about something? It’s that you never know where it will lead you. So many of us stubble through life unhappy, unfulfilled, without purpose. We simply take the safest route because we have responsibilities. We shy away from risks because we react in a pessimistic way to change. It’s the most common response. However, there will come a time when you will have to stop pretending. You will have to be honest with yourself. The person you were yesterday is the only person you should be trying to outrank.

That is something I have learned and came to terms with. When I first started my writing journey I had no idea where it would lead me. I honestly, had no idea how much work and money could go into publishing a book. I mean marketing alone is a huge undertaking for an author. I don’t think many understand how much an author or a startup business must go through just to place their products in front of consumers. I believe this process alone will wipe out many startup companies/authors/entrepreneurs.

There are definitely ups and downs about being an indie author. For one, it is definitely a lonely process. You start to second guess everything you’re doing simply because you don’t have anyone guiding you or telling you you’re doing something right or wrong. If you traditionally publish the publisher generally controls the process. However, with loneliness also comes great freedom. You have the ability to create in many different ways and whenever you want to. So the choice is ultimately yours. What makes you happy? What are you willing to risk for purpose? What do you love doing?

Start loving your life again Monday-Sunday and not just Friday to Sunday. I know it sounds corny but as you get older you realize that no matter how much money you make, if you can’t enjoy your life, it means nothing. If you are like me, you have a family and children to care for, don’t use it as an excuse to stop you from going after your dreams. Build slowly if you need to. The important thing is to build a solid foundation so you can construct your empire. So go out there and find your niche!

Astrid Ferguson