While gathering data on success, I spent lots of time looking at biographies. I wanted to find some common “success thread.” Did these famous people have anything in common?
I also interviewed many successful friends and business associates. I asked them about significant events in their lives, and what steps they’d taken to advance their careers.
A few modestly attributed success to timing and luck. Some said they prepared for one profession, but ended up doing something completely different.
Most insisted that somewhere along the way, they learned something special from a parent, role model, teacher, co-worker, or friend.
Isaac Newton is one of several credited with the quote that “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
We are all a product of the past. When we sit down to write, we must link to the future. What insights from the life you’ve lived so far will help you with the story you must write tomorrow?