My writing journey, Personal blog, Writing Tips

Stop telling me to compromise on my dream!

**WARNING** The following blog is a vent session. If you’re allergic to venting or have the propensity to consider any public vent session as “whining,” then please do not read. I don’t want to hear you whining about my venting. Thank you.

whatever-your-hands-finds-to-do-do-it-with-all-your-mightBeing an author is a fickle ambition. It is full of ups and downs…mostly downs, because it’s never exactly what one might expect after breaking the glass-ceiling of publication. And every time I get a glimpse at just how hopeless the career seems, it never fails that people come out of the wood-work to tell me to “remember why I started writing” or “remember who I’m writing for” or “it’s not about being successful, it’s about doing what God tells you to do.”

For those who have told me that at one point or another, allow me to respond in this way: Stop telling me to compromise on my dream!

And you shouldn’t compromise either.

Let me address some of those statements. Why did I start writing? Because I enjoy it. It’s something I’m passably good at. And if there is ANY WAY POSSIBLE, I want to be the absolute best I can be at it. Settling for second best doesn’t cut. Right now, I’m in a position where just becoming second best is a pipe-dream. But I don’t care. I write because I enjoy it, so why wouldn’t I want to pursue an ambition to be my absolute best? If I need to learn more, I will. If I need to write more, I will. I’ll not settle.  Stop suggesting I should. Stop settling yourself. You’re better than that, and you deserve the freedom to pursue excellence in what you enjoy.

Who am I writing for? I write for my fans, of which God is the biggest. If it wasn’t for this audience, I would have given up a long time ago. I believe writing is one of the gifts God gave me in order to bring some form of hope and encouragement to others. And by doing so, God is pleased with what I do. Why wouldn’t I want to spread this to as many people as possible? Why would I want to settle for only a local or core group of devoted readers? I don’t. I won’t. Because my work having some meaning to someone is great, but it does nothing if it doesn’t reach someone new. Just as in doing any ministry work, sure you’ve knocked on a door and made a difference to someone’s life…but go knock on another and another. Because of my fans, because God is the biggest of those fans, I want to spread what I do to as many people as possible. Why would I not want that?

No…it’s not about being successful. Yes…it is about doing what God tells me to do. You’re absolutely right about that. But where in the Bible does it say we should settle to give God our mediocrity? It doesn’t. I want to give God my excellence. Period. Excellence in writing means writing good stories that reach the world. And I want to do that above and beyond…not for my own sake, but because God deserves me to do that. Stop telling me to give God mediocrity.

Do you have a dream? Don’t compromise on it. Don’t let others tell you to compromise on it. Remember why you do it…and then purpose to be the very best. Remember who you do it for…and then purpose to share it with as many as possible. Remember ultimately it’s about doing what God wants you to do…and then purpose to give him absolute excellence in what you do.

And if you’re one of those who have tried to console someone frustrated with their dream by being an enabler of compromise…STOP IT. Stop telling them to compromise their dream. Instead, you should be encouraging them and pushing them to never give up and to always seek to be excellent in what they do…regardless of how impossible it might seem.



4 thoughts on “Stop telling me to compromise on my dream!”

  1. Sounded more like a wake-up call than a rant to me. 🙂 Forge onward, Keven! I look forward to hearing about your future breakthroughs, and I’m happy to listen when there are rants, too. After all, you’re only saying what a lot of us are thinking.

  2. I wanted to comment on this yesterday, but my thoughts are so all over the place on this topic. I understand exactly how you feel, and I also understand why so many others don’t understand–if that makes sense.

    I’m sure many comments are an attempt to make you/us feel better, but too often they come across as platitudes. And there is such a fine line of distinction between being sales-driven and being passion-driven with sales as the meter of our success in our endeavor to follow God’s calling.

    Anyway, I’m not giving up, and I know you are not either, and if we have to let off a little steam now and then, hopefully others will understand.

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