God will not place a burden on a man’s shoulder knowing that he cannot handle it. – Muhammed Ali
I was listening to John Grisham on The Moment with Brian Koppelman, and they were laughing at how when they first started writing they would see peers doing crappy work and it gave them confidence that they could do it too. Seeing someone else doing what they themselves sought to do poorly gave them faith they could do better.
Once I started writing my first novel, I began reading more best sellers. I was very honest with myself. I read a great book, and said I can never do that. I read a bad book and said I can do that. It was actually the bad books that kept me going… I read a book at the beach one summer in 1986, and the writer was insanely famous. He made a bunch of money, with a bunch of books and this was novel number seven in his series, or whatever. And it was so bad, I started underlying sentences, I said how can you possibly write a sentence this clunky and awful and get it published. You’re on the best seller’s list, selling millions of these things. Ok that does it, I’m inspired. The bad books kept me going. – John Grisham
Like Steve Jobs says,
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
If you have an fire under your belly, scratch it.