Monday, May 14, 2012

It's about opportunity~Yours!

I haven't read any of Lee Child's books but his story impresses me. According to his official biography, he was fired at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Then he went out and spent $6 on paper and pencils.

And wrote an international bestseller.
He was fired at 40 and become a millionaire within ten years.

There's a couple of ideas here that made me sit up, straigthen my shoulders and carry on:

  • He was close to my age when he got fired.
  • It took him ten years (ten!) to get noticed.
  • I've been writing only four years.
  • Fear, betrayal, pain didn't stop him.
  • Writing is the cheapest hobby ever.
Carry on, brave writers. You. Can. Do. This.

“If you’re fired at 40, it’s not all about hurt and betrayal and fear. It’s about opportunity.” Lee Child

5 comments:

Peggy Eddleman said...

Wow! That's amazing!

Christine Tyler said...

Oh my gosh! I've never heard of this guy, but that IS an amazing story. Holy cow.

Taffy said...

We can do anything we decide to do!

Leslie Pugh said...

aha! I've found your blog again! Don't know how I lost it but here I am.

I love this post. It's so inspiring! The last few years I kind of felt like maybe it was too late to take up writing. Because I didn't graduate in English or creative writing or literature, etc. Or because I haven't been working on it the past decade or two. Or whatever reason. Silly I know. But I keep hearing more and more stories of others that decide to write or discover their love for it later in life and go for it. (okay, not that 40 is later in life but later than high school or college, ha ha).

Taffy said...

Hi Leslie! I'm glad you found your way over. I'm a follower on your blog now.