Over the holiday break, I saw an inspiring movie about a guy who never gave up on his dreams, who rose from the bottom to the top. Authors can get an added dose of motivation by watching An American Underdog, which tells the story of how Kurt Warner went from bagging supermarket groceries and nearly being homeless, to rising to become a Hall of Fame NFL QB with a Super Bowl ring and MVP on his resume.
Writers, like Warner, may be late bloomers who take unconventional paths to get to where they need to be. Both Warner and writers live to execute their craft, to flourish with a purpose. They view life through the prism of a singular lens. Everything they do, feel, think, or say is expressed through their passion, football for Warner and writing for authors.
The odds of making it to the NFL are small. The odds of being a star, even smaller. To be enshrined as one of the game’s all-time elites? Miniscule.
The film opens up by saying a million kids will play high school football this year. Only 50,000 — or 1 in 20 — play college football. Just 500 — or 1 in 100 — get drafted by the NFL. The average career is under four seasons.
In any given year, about one and a half million books are published in the US. About three-fourths are self-published. Only a few thousand books made a major best-seller list this year.
Most authors who self-publish do not turn a profit or sell more than 250 copies of their book. Most traditionally published authors don’t crack 15,000 copies sold. The vast majority of writers do not write full-time and have to supplement their income.
Today’s writer is America’s underdog. Writers toil away despite the odds of achieving commercial or critical success. It is what they know and want. It is what they are good at and what defines them. To them, a day without writing is a day unlived.
So, despite the mass failure of writers to get beyond a certain level of achievement, with minimal prospects for significant career advancement potential, millions of would-be authors are undeterred. They march towards their destiny with vigor and hope. They have no choice. They are living their dream.
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