When it comes to living your dream people come up with all kinds of crazy advice like “just do what you love.”

I’ve been doing that for the last 5 years, leaping into an abyss everyday and all that’s happened is I’ve hit the floor.

It is true that in doing so I’ve become toughened to life’s knocks. Dignity became fond memory. But I haven’t achieved the life I was aiming for.

I’ve learned that perhaps leaping into the abyss and hoping to fly is not the best strategy. I’ve had far more success through taking small iterative steps towards a goal than one giant leap.

When writing my first book I didn’t sit down for hours to churn out pages at a time. I consistently rose each morning, grabbed a coffee and wrote for 10-30 minutes. Waiting for Windows to load would sometimes take longer than me sitting and writing. It took almost 2 years to finish the first draft, but finish it I did!