“People can have two different mindsets, she says. Those with a “fixed mindset” believe that their talents and abilities are carved in stone. Those with a “growth mindset” believe that their talents and abilities can be developed. Fixed mindsets see every encounter as a test of their worthiness. Growth mindsets see the same encounters as opportunities to improve.” ―
As I prepared for going to two writers conferences last week I pondered the reasons why ten years ago or more I took what was for me, risky behavior and switched gears and stepped into the publishing industry.
Autonomy— I had always worked for someone else and had decided it was time to build something for myself – writing and publishing is an entrepreneurial endeavor combined with creativity.
|Mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that matters. I deeply believed in the importance of the adage “the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Everyone matters and has something of value to say – independent publishing provides an opportunity for freedom of thought/speech/press. But I do feel it is important to voice those opinions in a responsible manner. Being helpful rather than for the purpose of harming others.
|Purpose– the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. I felt the importance of giving back the knowledge I had been given about independent publishing to be used for the benefit of others to publish their books.
The result: A journey which has been highly fulfilling educationally and a giant step forward for me professionally. There have been sacrifices along the way but what has been gained has been worth it for my own self-worth and development.