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“What’s wrong?” he asked.
“There is just so much I want to do I just don’t have the time to do it.”
“And that shocks you? You are doing a lot right now. You are one person. You have a very high level job. You have a very long commute and you just wrote a book. You have to come to terms that you can’t do everything.”
“But I want to.”
He didn’t answer but rolled his eyes in reply.
“Okay. That isn’t really why I am frustrated, although it is a big part of it.”
“What is it then.”
“I have no time to promote the book. How is anyone going to find it if I can’t promote it. What if no one reads it. I thought this would have been easier. I want people to read Dangled Carat.”
“People are,” he tried to calm me. “But they are finding it slowly. You need to face reality. You aren’t going to be a NY Times bestselling author. You aren’t going to sell a gazillion copies of the book. And writing isn’t going to be your new career. You already have a career. One you are very successful in, I might add. You didn’t write the book for fame, did you?”
“No,” I replied sheepishly, because fame would have been nice.
“You wrote it because you wanted to,” he continued. “Because writing it was a dream of yours. And you did it. You accomplished your dream. Be happy and proud for what you did. Most people can’t or don’t do what you did.”
As he spoke it hit me. Reality is in the eyes of the beholder. I was looking at my achievement as a failure, because I couldn’t do or accomplish all I hoped for, while he looked at the same thing as a success.
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