Patience is especially applicable to writing

posted Sep 16, 2018, 9:39 AM by David Alan Binder

Patience is especially applicable to writing.


Sometimes you are ahead of your time but even if you are, you still have to progress even if your idea doesn’t catch on.  

Sooner or later it will come to fruition for you or someone else.  Here are some examples:


Seth Godin, American author and dot com business executive

“In 1989, I [Seth Godin] created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. 

It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market 

beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies.”  (Now thousands make a living of broadcasting 

themselves playing video games via YouTube.)


“In 2004, Dan Lovy and I [Seth Godin] launched a device that could take the music on your hard drive and play it through your stereo. 

And some other stuff, too. You certainly don't own one. We were five years too early for early adopters and ten years too early for the 

beginning of the mass market.”


Mike Cernovich wrote for 15 years before he started to make a go of it and it was small.  A pebble rolling down the hill, which started 

more pebbles until a rock or two until a boulder or two and it took 15 YEARS!  Until he made any money writing.

That landslide is still building for you and for me.


Stefan Molyneux a podcaster, started in on philosophy and after 35 years is finally successful.  35 YEARS!  That is a long time. 


Stefan Molyneux also has written 30 plays, 6 novels, a nonfiction book, all without making a penny of any of that writing.  (All of this is free on his



If you don’t learn anything else from me, learn this:

Write because you love to.  That one thing alone will sustain you during those long, long, long lean times.


A Think Piece by David Alan Binder