1 Characteristic Which Separates the Hopeful from the Heartbroken

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Let me tell you about these two mysterious characters standing next to me with our backs to the Thames river.

It started May of 2016 — I received a weird tweet from some random English guy. He wanted to work on a book together.

I ignore the message.

“Let’s work on a book together” typically means this:

“I have no experience, no expertise, and no following, but I’d like you to offer me the platform you worked so hard to build.”

In a world of infinite distraction, Ash worked hard to get my attention.

Now, he and I are turning a vision of his into a reality.

Hustle is a good thing, but that’s not where this post is going.

Far left in the picture is Hasan Kubba. Hasan is a search engine optimization expert, entrepreneur, and investor. A few years into his successful career as a digital marketer, Has saw a poster which caught his eye:

“Digital Marketing Network Night — Learn new trends. Meet new friends.”

Now, they are building a training company together counseling young entrepreneurs.

Serendipity is a good thing, but that’s also not where this post is going.

It’s not going to either of those places because I haven’t talked much about the third guy in this picture — me.

Me, who wanted to publish a book so badly at age 19.

Me, who finished writing assignments for my cousins and girlfriend.

Me, who spent hours for one sentence to put in a story which paid me $7.50.

Me, who wrote 3 fiction novels to people who will never read them.

Me, who became a technical writer because it sounded fun (it wasn’t).

Me, who finally realized this:

Anything worth having or becoming takes patience.

In my experience, you don’t rich quickly. You don’t get fame quickly. You don’t get deep relationships quickly. Instead, you follow the process:

Work -> Improve -> Wait.

And then two years later, you may find yourself in a country you’ve never been to, arm in arm with people you’ve just met, chatting like old friends.

Keep going. Keep believing. Keep dreaming.

Much love as always ❤

— Todd B

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An optimist who writes. www.toddbrison.com/infinite-ideas

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