I told an acquaintance that I wrote a children’s book. She responded, “Congratulations. That’s quite an accomplishment.” I remember thinking, “Really?” Completing an Ironman is an accomplishment. Writing a children’s book? Not a chance. I just don’t think that doing things that are within my control is a great accomplishment. I wrote the words for the book. I hired someone to edit my words. I hired someone to provide the illustrations. What’s so accomplished about that? I controlled the process. There was no reason for me not to complete the book. I self-published the book, too, so I didn’t have any barriers there, either. If I was relying on a publisher to publish my book, then perhaps I could see publishing the book as an accomplishment. In that scenario, I don’t have full control. I’m depending on a publisher to deem my book compelling enough to publish. If you have full control of a goal, make it happen. Don’t make excuses. I decided to write a children’s book. I wrote a children’s book. I published it. Simple as that.  

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