People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
– Zig Zigler
Beginning is always challenging.
At the inception of our blog, we worried whether we should throw caution to the wind and start blogging.
And here we are.
We’ve long crossed that first hurdle.
But in retrospect, we now know ‘beginning’ was the least difficult part, right?
Once we decided, the rest was fairly easy.
Signing up Bluehost, designing a reasonably professional website from scratch, publishing a few blog posts and promoting them in social media.
Yes, we stumbled our way through a plethora of information and millions of things to do.
Even so, the beginning was almost too easy compared to today’s (daily) struggle to keep momentum.
Every day, we scramble for ideas to blog about while constantly second-guessing our abilities.
That’s where these timeless words of wisdom come into play.
They can give us a kick in the rear end and urge us to push on.
It happened to me many times.
Which is why I posted 100 Inspiring Quotes for When You Feel Like Giving Up, 30 Creative Mind Quotes for Creative People, and more quotes.
So, I thought I’d choose my absolute favourite quotes that I lean on when going gets tough during my writing endeavour.
I’m sure you too will find them inspiring.
They’ll help you open up a hidden reservoir of energy and spirit buried deep inside you, push forward and keep up the writing momentum.
Inspiring Quotes When Writing Gets Tough
….. I started the site in 2009 during the middle of the financial crisis and made a promise to publish 3X a week for 10 years in a row. I figured, if I could stay consistent all these years, the site would grow, allow me to leave my job, and earn me some online income and equity in the process. Almost 10 years later, it has done just that. A couple of my peers just sold their websites for $6M – $7M, but I plan to keep going because running Financial Samurai is fun!
– Sam Dogen
Blogging pioneers reap rewards left, right and centre.
They were early in the game, but there’s no denying that they put in consistent hard work.
Sam Dogen’s words remind us that blogging is a long-term game, hence requires long-term commitment.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit Too Soon
It’s always too early to quit.
– Norman Vincent Peale
When things go wrong, don’t go with them.
– Elvis Presley
Believe It’s Possible
Even though it’s false, you have to hold in your heart the conviction that there is a way to say this perfectly and beautifully…. so even when you’re in draft 1, 2 or 5 and it’s not there yet, you have to believe it’s possible. And the minute you lose that belief that it’s possible, it’s over.
– Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell said it on the Joe Rogan podcast (see my book review and his interview here).
When I listened to him, I paused the above part and played it back several times.
He’s one of those people who makes writing sound so easy – a tad annoying, right?
Though, he admitted, in some other interviews, he wasn’t good at it in the beginning, and that he mastered the craft after writing 4 articles a week spanning over a decade.
His opinion about the writer’s block?
He threw the question back at the interviewer (I think it was Tim Ferriss) and said:
Imagine going up to your boss and tell him: I have writer’s block. I can’t write.
I’m thinking the boss would shoot back with:
Pack your bag!
So it helps when I ask myself what I’d do if I were a full-time writer or got paid for writing.
It motivates me to do the best I can, no matter how insecure I feel.
Which is exactly what Maya Angelou said.
Do the Best You can
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
– Maya Angelou
It’s so profound that it made me wonder how she came up with it.
Then I realised, just like us, she must have fought her own limitations and insecurity during her colourful careers.
It’s one of timeless life wisdom you won’t know until you’ve lived through, right?
Remember, we were all a toddler once who could barely crawl, let alone walk.
Keep crawling the best you can if that’s what your best is today.
If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing it badly.
– Martha Beck
Crawling is worth doing to a toddler. So is writing to you and me.
Just like a toddler who goes through umpteen times of crawling and falling until she walks…
You’re probably not good enough. But you could get better and if you keep getting better, sooner or later, you’ll be better.
– Seth Godin
So, Do More
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
– Maya Angelou
Quality is Okay for Now
If you have a choice between quality and quantity, you’re going to choose quality in a heartbeat (who wouldn’t?).
We all want to produce the best quality of work.
But contrary to what we’d like to believe, overnight success is nothing but a fairytale.
It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.
– Lionel Messi
If what it takes to be good is producing lots of not-so-good work now, that’s what you and I are going to do happily.
It’s absolutely my duty to try to make money by my work.
– Vincent van Gogh
It’s absolutely our duty to make money through the value we create and provide.
Money is excellent feedback: it’s safe to assume you’re doing something right when people are happy to pay for your work.
And that’s how it should be.
If writing every day guarantees success, would I write every day?
I don’t know about you, but the resounding answer for me is yes.
So, I trick my mind to believe I’d succeed if I write every day.
This trick question and the answer made success become a certainty in my mind, which spurs me to write every day.
As Zig Ziglar said, motivation doesn’t last.
That’s why we need to feed our mind with motivational materials regularly, just like we shower every day (or every other day).
When I read Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins, it motivated me so much I published a blog post every day for 7 days straight.
There’s something solid and magical about the guy that pushes you to go beyond your pain point.
It’s not just me.
There are many comments left by people who watch his interviews on YouTube.
They become so inspired, hit the pause, spring out for the first run in a long time, come back and resume watching the remaining interview.
It’s crazy stuff.
And that’s what happens when you immerse yourself in motivational stuff.
It transforms you instantly.
I hope quotes in this post make a similar impact on you, so you keep up the writing momentum and leave a mark on the world in your awesome and unique way.
My Favourite Writing Tools
Grammarly (Free) – a great writing tool. Help you with spelling and grammar errors. It’s SO worth it even if all you do is writing an email or on social media.
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Namecheap – get a dirt-cheap domain name if you change your mind and fancy a new domain name later (like I did).
Mailerlite – another must-have to create email marketing campaigns: sign up forms, landing pages, surveys and so on; free up to 1,000 subscribers.
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