When I was 24 years old, I discussed a business idea with my father. I asked him if he thought I should try it. He said he didn’t know if I’d succeed, but he did know that if I didn’t try it, for the rest of my life I’d wonder what would have happened if I did try it.
Words are toys for me. As a writer, I get paid to have fun. Writing books and blogs is probably the second best way for a man to make money. I'm nearly 75, so I have little chance of employment as a gigolo. (Anyway, wife Marilyn has an exclusive contract for my intimate services.) If I can publish books, so can others. (And, of course, my books can help.)
There's no reason to wait until next year, next week or tomorrow to start a book. Just do it—NOW.
- Be innovative.
- Be productive.
- Be useful.
- Change the world.
- Let off steam.
- Have fun.
- Fill empty hours.
- Make people laugh.
- Make people cry.
- Make people think.
- Make money.
- Get famous. Maybe get laid more often. Maybe get better tables in restaurants or free upgrades to first class when you fly.
- Don't be afraid to piss people off. What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you. Write to please yourself.
- It's nice if your words cause others to smile, say "thanks" and pay money; but self-satisfaction is more important. Not everyone has to "get" you. Even a small, happy audience can be satisfying. One good review can make your day.