August #AuthorTip: Remember Your Origin Story

Continuing this post series with a tip for staying grounded:

Never forget where you came from and how hard you had to work to get where you are now. Your toils are your badge of honor–they prove what you’re capable of and that any new obstacle can be overcome. But don’t mistake confidence with arrogance. Your achievements don’t give you the right to put down others. If anything, they give you the responsibility to help raise them up.

If you see someone struggling, offer to help them along. If someone asks for guidance or advice, give it. That doesn’t mean you go around randomly pointing out mistakes people have made (seriously, don’t be that person, it only makes you look like an idiot). It means making yourself available to those who can benefit from your years of experience if they need it and ask for it.

Your success was likely a complex formula of your own perseverance and the help of any number of other people. Honor their contribution by paying it forward and helping another fledgling writer find his/her wings.

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