This is not a post about the book 50 Shades of Grey itself. It’s about the author, EL James and how you can use her experience to create your own success.
Are there things you want to do in your life but don’t? What’s holding you back from following your dreams? Are you scared of the critics? What people will think?
I know I have in the past been prone to holding back in my blog posts and videos, not letting aspects of my true self shine through. What I have learnt is this:
When I let it all go and totally be myself and don’t think about what others will think or say, or just go ahead and hit publish despite these fears, it’s liberating.
I feel strong and powerful. I am doing my thing. Sure, there will be those who won’t agree with me or like me. But for each one of those crazy people (what’s not to like? hehe) there are lots more who get me and resonate with my rambles.
Here are some facts for you: Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will appreciate or even get what you do. Some people will think you’re crazy. Some will say you’re mad to your face, some will question you in a negative way.
There will always be people who don’t get you no matter what you do.
You have two choices:
1. Live in a box, don’t do anything, don’t say anything, don’t be anything.
2. Know that some will think you’re weird/odd/crazy/silly/wrong and do it anyway.
Back to EL James…
I have heard several talk back radio hosts say that 50 shades of Grey is: “terribly written” “drivel” such a “poorly written excuse for literature” and “boring”.
Do you think the author, EL James is crying into her pillow each night wishing she didn’t write it because of what the critics are saying? Because Mr Book Critic said it was crap?
I doubt it. According to The Guardian she has sold over 100 million books, earning her millions of dollars.
And a movie.
I don’t think she’s laying awake at night stressing about the naysayers!
What if she had this idea for a book and never went ahead with it for fear of being judged?
She’s a mum, just like you who loves to write.
What do you love to do?
Stop thinking about your dreams and start chasing them.
I DARE YOU
” If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.”- EL James
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