I have always been a little intrigued by Ecclesiastes 9:11. In this verse, wise King Solomon says:
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
“Time and chance happen to them all.” It seems to me that this verse suggests that we have some ability to determine the course of our lives. What we do with the time and chance that is given to us is important.
Daily habits determine where we end up. What we do day after day create the life we live. The same is true for our books. What you do day after day to write, publish, market and promote your books determines not only the quality of your books, but the reach they have and the influence they exert in other people’s lives.
Tom Corley conducted a 5-year study on the daily habits of wealthy people and poor people. He writes about what he learned on his website Rich Habits. Here are a few of the important habits Tom found in his study.
- 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
- 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
- 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
- 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
- 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
- 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
- 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
- 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
- 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.
I believe rather than think of this as wealthy versus poor, we can look at these as habits of successful people.
Do you want to have more success with your books? I suggest you carefully consider this list. Which ones are you practicing on a daily basis? Which ones do you need to start doing to move you in the direction you want to go? Then make the necessary changes.
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