Sweet Success: One For You and One For Me

Willy Wonka

Have you ever read about someone’s writing success and then went on to find out that they are sleeping four hours a night, getting up at 3 a.m. to write, writing all day and into the night, losing touch with reality, being published in every possible clique-noteworthy publication, writing thousands of words a day…ughhhhh…stop the bus! Let me off!

I’m not against people being successful. In fact, I value success for myself, my kids and my grandkids. I guess the question that begs to be answered is, “What does success look like TO ME?”


That’s right. What does success look like to you? Is it a mansion, multiple cars, trips around the world, champagne and caviar on a yacht (cue the rich people laughing with their heads tilted back, on their yacht, with champagne and caviar)?

“You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!” – Willy Wonka

Me? Nah, not my thing. Not into the bubbly drinks and fish egg thingie. But hey, that’s me. Gimme a water and an In-N-Out Cheeseburger. Win!

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You need to decide what you want in life and build a roadmap to get there. You need to decide if the road to your goal is worth the trip. Again, YOU need to determine what SUCCESS looks like to YOU.

We all esteem people around us that are successful. We see the claps, the engagement, the following, and determine the best thing to do is mimic ‘their’ road to their success. Just don’t make the mistake of getting to THEIR goal and finding out the prize was only worthy of a “that’s it?”

  1. Pick your destination.
  2. Map your path there.
  3. Put your life in gear.
  4. Mash the accelerator!

Once you determine your goal and the path to your goal, work. Another hint, work some more. And when you’re tired, you got it, work a little more.

“We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute! Strike that, reverse it. Thank you.” – Willy Wonka, again. 

And at the end of the climb, maybe you will be lucky enough to hear the immortal echoes of Willy Wonka’s parting words:

“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted…
He lived happily ever after.”

Keep Writing and Hit Publish

Also published on Medium.

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