A commandment is essentially a prophylactic measure aimed towards minimizing risk and maximizing benefits.
And these benefits are double-edged. They permeate into your personal as well as your career life.
Give or take, commandments are of best interest to those who abide by them as well as the people, audience or client they interact with.
These writing commandments will do the same: they will benefit you the writer as well as your audience.
Here they are...
What you love, you will have time for.
If you can love writing, you will subconsciously create a few minutes for it in your…
Childhood remains the best time to learn any skill.
Children are more patient with failed attempts compared to adults. While they see failure as an opportunity to try again, as demonstrated in babies who learn to walk and falling over several attempts till they can, most adults interpret failing as final and as an excuse to give up trying.
Finally, children being dependent on adults for most of their other needs are less exposed to stress. Whereas, an adult is…
As in water, every single change has a ripple effect reaching every part. In the same way, an improvement in one area of your life permeates other aspects of your life.
This is because every aspect of your life is interlinked with the other.
That's why nothing succeeds like success. And nothing fails like failure.
For instance, a sense of fulfillment in business positively impacts your relationships. You carry the positive energy over to your relationship by default. Because like salt and water, where a man goes, his feelings go.
That means that improving the quality of your writing goes…
In his book, Peace of Mind, Joshua Liebman described how he collected a list of everything he wanted out of life when he became an adult. On this list were things like love, health, and family. He then took this list and showed it to the people that mattered to him.
When he encountered an old family friend, the man commended him for his list but said that there was something missing.
The old man then crossed out his entire list and wrote the words, "Peace of Mind."
The years in his age have proven to him that having peace…
There is one decision that takes you a step towards success and happiness in life.
And that decision is taking action.
Not focusing on the outcomes of that action, but on the action itself.
Action is its own reward. If you achieve your aim, you will be happy and confident, but even if you fail, you will learn to do it better the next time. Both ways, you win.
Logan Haney said it so beautifully,
"Taking the action and becoming the person that takes risks to become who he wants to be is worth it on its own."
There is always room for improvement.
No matter your current status, you have the potentials for better results in any area of your life and career at the price of improvement.
Unfortunately, many people don’t see the need to improve. But the truth is, every improvement is to your advantage.
If you’re reading this, chances are high you’re a writer. And that you want your stories to reach more readers and to earn more money than you’re currently earning. Right?
That is a worthy goal, I must tell you. Aiming high as a writer doesn’t only benefit you, the…
A relationship is like a high-risk sport. If you don't play with caution, you can really lose a lot.
There is a story about a medical student who dated a certain guy.
It was her first guy. She resolved she was going to marry the first guy that took her virginity. And he was the one.
For that reason, she did her best to meet up with the guy’s needs. Communication was tight. She was there for him physically. Emotionally and otherwise. She did her best to make it work. And it worked.
To the guy, she was the best…
Self-made is overrated.
I feel the idea behind the obsession of self-made is egocentric.
Do you see any wisdom in wasting years trying to be a millionaire by trial and error, while by just a simple ask you can get the nitty-gritty from the millionaires around?
The truth is, you can make your first million more easily by leveraging on the secrets of a few millionaires around you. But the problem is that many millionaire dreamers are too egocentric to ask for guidance from the millionaires. Paradoxically, most millionaires are more willing to help than most of us realize.
Globally, financial independence is one of the most difficult goals there is.
It is extra difficult for most of us living in third-world countries. My father’s life was quite a good example.
He dropped out of school when he lost his Dad at a very early age. Then he was in primary six.
He was raised in a polygamous home.
At the death of his father, the first wife who had the first son, took over most of the man’s assets. The other women and their children were left with mostly nothing for optimal survival. …
In life, anything left to itself is bound to deteriorate. This includes your love relationship.
If you and your significant other leave the relationship to itself, the two of you will naturally drift apart and subsequently grow out of love with each other. This leads to failure of the relationship either in form of a breakup or divorce.
But you don’t want that to happen, do you?
One of the veritable ways to prevent your relationship from becoming boring and eventually failing is to commit to creating and maintaining daily rituals that spice up your love life.
These little routines…