Lack of writing experience

1). Many of the best selling authors have never finished any kind of course related to writing. Instead, they invested time on studying different appealing ways to share their experience using simple language and expressions.

Telling old stories

2).  Major parts of their books are sharing other people’s experiences and ideas. The role of the author in this case is related with curating the old information and translating the information in a new way. In many occasions they try simplifying the idea or to tell the story on how they have applied what they already learned from someone else.

Trying and trying and trying to get the publisher’s approval

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3). Tim Ferriss, the author of the best seller “The  4-Hour Workweek” had to hear “No” 25 times before finally he finally got an approval from Random House, the 26th publisher.

The boy who paid his college tuition himself

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4). Years ago Ramit Sethi, the author of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” was about to miss college when his said him they wasn’t able to pay the tuition.

Instead of giving up, Ramit did the following:

He wrote a plan to apply to as many scholarships as possible. A bit disappointed by the first rejections, he figured out that he isn’t smiling enough (he recorded his face simulating interviews).

Then he started smiling and got over $200,000 in scholarships and went to study in Stanford.

The best selling author who dropped out University of California

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5). Ryan Holiday, the author of “Trust Me, I’m Lying”  and “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” shortly visited lectures at the University of California, Riverside. At a certain point he was offered an intensive internship by Tucker Max. He  dropped out and worked as a marketing and media strategist for him and Robert Greene.

The author who decided to study epistemology

6). Reid Hoffman, the Chairman and President of Linkedin  known also for writing The Start-up of You applied to Putney School – a private high school without telling his parents he’s quitting his local school. He wanted to move to another school and start studying epistemology.

Then when he was 12, he was already drawing sketches with plans to change the world.

Adviced by a hick

7). Charles Duhigg, the author of “The Power of Habit: “Why Do We Do What We Do in Life and Business” became interested in habits when a hick from Georgia told him how he figured out a way to observe his habits and find a doable way for a habit change.

The same hick was actually an army major who figured out a solution to stop riots in Iraq. At that time Charles was working as a reporter there. This happened over a decade ago.

Writing a bestseller from a jail

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8). Jordan Belford wrote the memorable The Wolf of Wall Street while serving his 22 months in jail. At the same time Tonny Nickolas from Elite Daily once said that Jordan wouldn’t have such fond memories of his previous high life if he had to stay longer in jail.

From Al Gore’s Speech Writer to Best Selling Author

9). Daniel H. Pink, the author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” has been writing Al Gore’s speeches from 1995 to 1997.  Then he decided to quit his job and not long after he wrote Free Agent Nation for Fast Company. It was the foundation of his first book called which had the same name.

Riding Honda Scooter with his Wife for 40 Years

10).  The author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Stephen R. Covey was one of the most persistent followers ow his own principles.

His habit number 3 is “put first things first”. Covey’s top first priority was his family. One of his favorite daily routines was riding his Honda scooter with his life. He did that almost every day for a period of 40 years.

The intriguing story spotter

11). At the age of 15, the New York journalist and the author of Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell won a 1,500 meter title at the Ontario High School Championships.
Besides being a fast mid distance runner, thanks to his father he had the chance to wander at the University of Waterloo libraries where he stoked his interest in reading and research. His father was a professor of mathematics and engineering at the same university.

The innovator

12). Eric Ries, the author of The Lean Start Up didn’t do a lot to promote his ideas. He was a mediocre blogger at Silicone Valley and was glad if he had 5 readers. Then people started inviting him on meet ups and as a speaker on conferences. From there within an year he was travelling the world to speak for his audience in front of various audiences.

Crossing the German border illegally

13). The unparalleled Arnold Schwarzenegger is also an author of few books, last of which is Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. When he was younger, his dream was to become Mr. Olympia. What’s less known is that he won his first body building competition in Germany. He had to cross the border illegally without a passport. At this time he was in the army.

What happened is that he won the competition and then the Austrian commanders “punished” him. They assigned him working at the kitchen, where he was able to get the right food, so he can continue his training. They provided him with fitness equipment and then he started training other people who wanted to build more muscles.


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