By Patrick Paul
I had writers block. Its as if part of my brain was put in a refrigerator. I could not find anything to write about. Each time I put pen on paper, I seem not to be able to come out with any content to fill in the blank sheet of paper in front of me. I had to go to God in prayer “I said oh God I known I am jealous of El James and her Fifty Shades of Grey, and I know I am also jealous of J.K Rowling and her Harry Potter’s books please help me to rise above this writer’s block and to write a bestselling books like the duo”. I don’t know if the prayer was answer, but I had a burst of ideas on things to write about. And some how I am writing again. A year ago I wrote a second book and self published it using the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). All those who read it would said to me “what a wonderful book you got here,its going to do very well”. You know what? It never did well, it sold only a few copies on the Amazon stores. I hope I would find success this time around.
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Somebody said to me the other day that my posts are too long. I thought its better to give quality information to readers. I promise this post will be shorter. Am I living my life on autopilot? I don’t know. But I know at times I am not motivated, and tends to just let life run right by. The Cambridge dictionary defines Autopilot as doing something without thinking about it or without making an effort. Life requires us to make an imput into our lives. You have to work, dream and collaborate and compete. To achieve anything in life you have to be in charge, you have to put in 10,000 hours in dedicated practice. You can’t achieve that when your life is on Autopilot. A lot of people lack a purpose for which to live their lives. They go through life thinking that life is just a random walk. Unfortunately, there’s no hope for a person with lack of a well define purpose. First, seek to find the WHY, which is the purpose why you want to embark on a journey. No man goes to the airport to buy an air ticket without having a destination and a purpose for going to that destination. A person living on Autopilot is like a person who goes to the airport and asked the ticketing official to sell him a ticket to everywhere. I am sure that person would soon be behind bars for psychatric evaluation.
Below is some anecdote of some people who did not live their life on autopilot.
23rd time Olympic medalist. Michael Phelps spent 5hrs in and out of the pool in training for 6 years before he ever won his first Olympic gold medal. Even though he was talented he put in the required 10,000 hours in practice to honed his skills.
Pete Cashmore is the 31 years old entrepreneur and founder of Mashable. Born in Banchory, Scotland, Cashmore founded Mashable in 2015 at the age of 19 while still living with his parents in Aberdeen. He suffered from complications after a routine surgery from appendicities, As he struggled to recover, he missed school as he took to his computer to pass the time and learn from the internet. Cashmore is worth $95 million.
David Karp is an American web developer and founder of the micro blogging platform Tumblr. An easy to use blogging platform that now host 320.5 million blogs and receives about 1.5 billion page views per week. On may 20 2013 he sold Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.
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Seun Osewa is a Nigeria internet entrepreneur and founder of Africa largest forum Nairaland. Osewa had to sacrifice his education to grow the forum to what it is today. He is worth N1.6 billion.
For these people to be successful they had to go through many harrowing experiences, sleepless nights, disappointments and a lot of planning. They had to stay motivated until they see the pot at the end of the rainbow.