View Full Version : The Work Behind the Curtain

Delilah Rehm
10-20-2008, 01:36 PM
It’s funny how many times people are described “overnight successes” without regard for any of the work they did building up to the “break-through” event. Steven and I talked about this a lot with Elijah Wood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_Wood) after the Lord of the Rings movies. His “instant success” came after being in 16 other movies!

What about Harry Potter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter)? It’s the only thing Rowling has ever published. Except… when did you first learn about Harry Potter? For me it was on Oprah, book three or four. I don’t think Harry was mainstream in America until book five. Add to this mix the fact that her first book was rejected by every large British publishing house. Wow. I can see that killing many writers’ dreams. She had guts to keep going and see it through.

When I read Seth Godin’s blog on the Effort Diet (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/10/is-effort-a-myt.html), I already knew the principle. Things like the analogy “You can’t hit a homerun if you don’t show up to play.” Holly Lisle (http://hollylisle.com/fm/) talks about this in her writing books and blog articles as things like “Safe Never Starts,” and “Perfect Never Finishes.” The best often do more than others are willing to in their field, and all of that effort can lead to golden opportunities. Seth’s blog about effort encompasses all of these and more.

The idea isn’t new, but I like Seth’s Effort Diet. I’ve realized I could be doing more than I am and I’ve been inspired to make it so.