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The Countdown Quest!

The Countdown Quest!

Bent on a Bestseller!

At the time of writing this, I have 226 days to write a bestseller. The timeframe being before I turn 30 years old.

So what’s the hurry? Well, as we all know turning 30 is a turning point in our lives. Some people freak out. Others reflect on all they’ve learned. However, most try to do something extraordinary either before or on the day they turn 30.

I intend to do both (I will announce something on my 30th that I will be doing in 2018). This article is my before hand.

The reason I’ve chosen this is that I’ve always wanted to write a bestseller. However, life gets in the way and the stories I write more often than not, remain unfinished. Which is why I’ve announced what I’m doing and set this goal. I find motivation in telling people what I’m going to do, despite the contrary scientific evidence.

In numerous scientific studies, the findings tend to show that those who announce their goals are less likely to achieve them. Here are a few examples:

When telling others about your goals compromises them


Why does a scientist choose to go against scientific evidence?

For those of you who know me and have watched the video detailing my history, you know that I went to college and got my degree in wildlife biology. I love science and know one thing for certain; nothing is ever certain in science. It is constantly reviewed, retested, and ever-changing.

Now, I’m not arguing that it’s likely the norm for people who announce their goals less likely to achieve them. There is significant evidence to support that. What my argument is that there are variables and outliers to this study (as with the majority of scientific studies). If you listened to the Ted Talk above, you may have heard him say “on average” a lot. So basically, what I’m saying is…I’m an anomaly.

Or in layman’s terms, I’m not normal. But then most of you know that, don’t you? After all, you’re reading my blog.

So how will I challenge this scientific study and have a different outcome?

Two ways:

  1. Accountability – you now know what I’m doing. So check up on me to see how the book is coming.
  2. I’m a man of my word and will give everything I’ve got to make this happen!

Breaking the Bestseller

Most people want to write a book, but don’t dedicate the time to make it happen. If you were to ask them why they haven’t started writing or stopped writing, they would tell you they just don’t have the time.

This is where I differ and fight the norm. I know what it takes to make a dream happen:

  1. Dedication – you have to find the time to make it happen. Whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours, each day you have to make time for it.
  2. Sacrifice – you have to ask yourself how badly do you want to make this happen. This is where most people get hung up. Are you willing to miss out on going out with your friends? Do you really need that new phone, car, or an extra hour of sleep?
  3. Perseverance – how will you react when things go wrong? Will you give up like so many before you and set aside your dream? I’ve found that the closer you get to achieving your dream, the farther away it seems. During this time, you will be hit the hardest. An unexpected bill prevents you from buying what you need. Your car breaks down on your way to an important presentation. You get laid off from your job. What will you do when life beats you down?

So how specifically am I going to make a bestseller happen? Easy, I’m going to write it!

Ok, there is a little more to it. You may have noticed other than my blog, I don’t have anything self-published or otherwise. Therefore, I will have to build my online presence as a writer and author. So I’m writing more articles and stories, but getting them published in magazines, online journals, and other people’s blogs.

Basically, I need to advertise myself, which you can, in fact, help with. Share this article to help people know what I’m doing. Let them know to be on the lookout for my stories and articles.

Why am I doing this?

Few people realize what they are truly meant to do early on in their lives. Some never figure it out. However, if you can connect the dots looking deep inside through memory and experience, you might just see what you’re meant to be.

For me, it’s always been there. I just didn’t know it.

The stories my mother would read me when I was little. My first attempt at writing my own in that green notebook in elementary school. The first time I read The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. My addiction to reading growing up. The constant times I got yelled at for daydreaming.

It was all about the story. It was all about the story I was meant to write. My story. My stories. Everything in my life has lead to this moment. I have found my purpose. I know what I’m meant to do.

So that is why I’m doing this.

I don’t just think I can. I know I can!

Forever your friend,

~The Outsider

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