In the past few weeks I have seen people who began with enthusiasm and lots of energy some endeavour, some project, or some dream they had for a long time and finally decided on taking the first steps.
And in the same way we drop our new year´s resolutions after facing some obstacles, they decided to abandon theirs too.
Some years ago, a friend of mine who was a fiction writer, after writing 5 books with not many sells to show in his pocket, he decided to quit. He told me then that nobody was buying his books and he felt he was wasting his time by writing with no apparent results.
I read two of his books and liked the stories very much. But I think he expected to sell thousands of books in a few months and when he didn’t see the results he expected, he decided to give up writing for good.
I haven´t thought about him or his novels in a long time, but last week I was browsing some books in a magazine.
I was attracted by the cover of a recent released book that has been very successful and has been in the best seller lists for a couple of months. I picked up the book and began reading the back cover to see what the story was about.
The story sounded familiar but I couldn’t remember where had I read that before.
After reading more pages into the story I realised that it was the same story my friend had written years ago. With few changes but the story was basically the same.
I contacted my friend to let him know about this, but he said he couldn’t do anything about it, since the new story was already registered and he had never finished the copyright process.
He said it was too late to try to do something about it and I just didn´t insist any further.
As usual, in the world of creativity, ideas are stolen every day by the millions.
Probably in a few months his other novels will be plagiarized as well without any consequences for the thieves. My friend now regrets his decision of not continuing with his writing.
I am not sure if he is going back to write novels or not, but I hope next time he receives a response different to what he expects, he continues nevertheless.
Abandoning what you love, just because you are not receiving the credit you expect, is a risky business.
Do what you love, not to receive praises for your work. Do it because it fills your soul and heart with joy, then all kinds of rewards will follow. But just do it because it makes you a happier person.
Success is a result of following your passions and being happy in the process.
Cheer yourself up and let happiness be your main drive. That should be your main goal.