SPP201 How to be Happy Where You Are in Your Writing Career

Self Publishing Podcast

Writers are often guilty of comparisonitis – comparing themselves to other, far more successful writers. When you do that, it’s easy to get discouraged, but you miss the bigger picture. Those really successful writers were, at one time, where you are now. Today, the guys talk about being happy with where you are RIGHT NOW in your writing career.

  • Something cool: Sean’s excited about the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the controversial model who’s on the cover; Johnny’s excited about Chris Fox is doing a 21-day novel challenge; Dave saw The Witch, and he loved everything but the end.
  • Iterate and Optimize is out and temporarily discounted! Go to sterlingandstone.net/io
  • Today is a ‘Gratitude Show!’
  • Sean talks about the frame of mind, one full of gratitude, that enables your art to be better, your creativity to flow more easily, and your general level of happiness to increase.
  • Remember when you wanted to write and couldn’t self publish at all? That’s one HUGE reason for gratitude in today’s indie publishing world.
  • For that matter, take a moment to be grateful for today’s technology.
  • Read the book Mindset, and change yours!
  • Johnny talks about his struggle with being grateful during his moving experience.
  • Dave talks about what he is grateful for. A short segment…
  • Closing thoughts and listener love.


  1. This episode was great on so many levels! I have been listening to the show for about 3 months now. I really appreciate the vulnerability and honesty you guys show with your stories.
    If I can get off work, I will definitely be checking out the sessions on blab in the future. Keep it up!

  2. I loved this one.
    It’s so easy to get weighed down by what Jonny Nastor calls the “entrepreneurial gap.”

    I’ve actually placed on my to-do list as a recurring task to be thankful for something everyday.
    I think it’s helpful for the creative mindset to show gratitude daily for what you have and the doors that are currently open for you.

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