Victims Don’t Succeed
- By: Jessica Faust | Date: May 29 2019
It’s no secret that I’ve never been a fan of complainers. I’m a glass is half full person. I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and that we make our own magic. Yes, sometimes I’m just full of nothing but enlightening cliches. Fun right 😏
The thing is, I believe them. I believe that by thinking positively we bring good things into our lives. And that constant complaining only locks us into negative thought patterns, therefore blocking out the good things that might be trying to get in.
It’s why this article featuring Barbara Corcoran really resonated with me. In it, she says, “Victims don’t succeed.” And I agree whole-heartedly. You’ll never succeed if you choose to play the victim. And yes, I think it’s a choice.
Oh sure, bad things happen. They are unavoidable. What’s not unavoicalbe is how we react to the bad things. That is when it becomes our choice to be the victim or not.
The Author Victim
I’ve been in this business long enough to see the way authors can sabotage themselves.
Sure we can be disappointed by the marketing, or lack thereof, that our publisher did. But are we the victim of our publisher’s bad marketing or are, like every other author, facing the same struggle of small publisher budgets?
Victim authors wallow and complain about poor sales. Successful authors poor a glass of wine, take a deep breath, and dive back in. Successful authors move on quickly. They research the market, take a careful look at what’s working and align their writing to pull those numbers up.
Successful authors also make their own plans so the next book, the next time around, they are taking the wheel instead of turning everything over to the publisher.
Successful authors don’t blame others for challenges they face, because there will be many. Victim authors keep doing the same thing over and over and blaming everyone else–the publisher, the agent, even peers.
Agents Are Victims Too
Don’t think this is just about authors. I see agents looking to play victim all the time, making many of the same mistakes as victim authors.
Victims agents regularly complain about the “tough market” and how hard it is to sell a certain genre. Successful agents take stock of what’s happening and adjust their lists accordingly. They find fun and excitement in new things and full query inboxes. They see it all as a challenge to conquer, not something to overcome.
As I have watched the success of authors the slow disappearance of others, I see a common thread. Those who thrive are never victims. Those who act as victims, never thrive.
I’m not saying you can’t wallow in an outcome that was disappointing. I’m also not saying you can’t rant. Rant away. But remember that tomorrow is a new day. The victim is still ranting. The survivor has empowered herself to reach the next rung on the ladder.