Today I want to talk about a learning method I’ve been using for the last 2 years, as well as shine the spotlight on another important part of my writing career.
You might have noticed, on the sidebar of this blog, links to some of the writing courses I’ve written for Highbrow (http://www.gohighbrow.com). Over the last year, I’ve written four courses, and presently have another one in progress. (You can view them all here, and when you sign up, enter JOHNROBIN as the coupon code to get an $18 discount.)
Highbrow has been around for a few years, and I was hooked as soon as I took my first course. To date, I’ve taken more than 50 courses—productivity, economics, history, self-help, business, they cover it all. I still take courses. Every time I finish one, I start another.
The beauty about Highbrow—and why I’ve stuck with it—is you get your courses delivered in the form of an email that takes 5 minutes to read. One course is 10 lessons, so you get emails sent over a 10-day period. It’s the perfect way to learn a little something each day as a part of keeping up on your inbox.
These courses are all very well written. Highbrow is a premium service. You pay an annual fee of $48. ($30 if you use my JOHNROBIN coupon code when you sign up.)
That’s actually an extremely good price: you could feasibly take 36 courses in one year. Even if you only took 15-20 courses in one year, $30 for that amount of learning is a fraction the cost of what you’d pay (sometimes per course) for this kind of information.
What sold me, though, was the quality of the courses. As an author of 4 courses with Highbrow, I’ve also had the chance to see inside their production process for each course and I’m even more impressed. These aren’t just carefully curated email newsletters. Instructors who have a specialty in the area of knowledge they write about have carefully put together a course to teach about their passion. With the editorial help of the Highbrow team, they’ve built these courses to flow well and take you on a journey over 10 days. They are also careful to avoid overlap of information so that the knowledge you have access to will continually expand as you continue to learn through them.
I personally have been changed by a few of the courses. For instance, How to Create A Productivity System gave me the foundation of many of the productivity skills I use now that lead to continual clarity and improvement on a weekly basis. Almost every course, I’ve taken away at least a few things, especially since the way each one is written, the instructor delivers enough information that you can think about it, ruminate, and apply.
The other thing I like about Highbrow is they are continually adding more courses. Even if I took a course every 10 days, there are more coming in.
In practice, I sometimes get behind in email. I’ve learned to use the “star” feature in gmail, so if an email comes in, I can open it then get to it later. This lets me kill my inbox. If something is junk, delete; if it needs a reply, “star” and reply at a later time when I’m in “answer my emails” mode. (Actually, some of these tips come from one of the Highbrow courses I took a while ago called Master your Gmail To Get More Done.)
Now, when I’m signed up for a Highbrow course, I’m going to get an email from them every day for 10 days. (At the end, you get an email inviting you to start a new course, but no more until you sign up for the next one.) In the above spirit, if I’m busy, you better bet since I’m paying for these emails I’m not deleting them! So I hit “star” and don’t worry about it.
In fact, this has created somewhat of a ritual for me: every Saturday morning I go to Starbucks and have an americano and catch up on my Highbrow courses, as well as other emails. These courses not only are designed to teach you a bit every day, but they also flow together brilliantly when you go through the lessons in one large batch like that.
I cannot recommend Highbrow enough! And I’m not just saying that because I want you to sign up for my course. As you’ll see if you check out their course catalog, there’s more than 100 courses, all of them diverse.
If you’re curious about my courses in particular:
- How To Market Your Book Online is about the fundamentals of book marketing for writers preparing to publish a book, a checklist of “what to do” before you publish so you can sell more books
- How To Begin (And Maintain) Your Career As A Writer is about how to prepare for a book launch, and how to keep your author career moving forward
- Foundations Of Mathematics will help you brush up on your math skills, especially if you’ve been away from school and want a starting point
- Great Math Problems For The 21st Century Mind explains some of the most important problems in today’s mathematics, including Fermat’s Last Theorem and the Riemann Hypothesis
The course I’m working on right now is going to be about logic puzzles—it’s one of the projects I’ll be working on after the current draft of my book, A Thousand Roads, which, by the way, I just finished today!
Remember, if you sign up for any Highbrow course, you can get 1 year for only $30 by entering JOHNROBIN as the coupon code.
Are you already a Highbrow student? If so, what are your favorite courses?
Here are a few other courses I highly recommend:
For writers looking to improve their craft:
- How To Outline Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
- Ten Editing Techniques To Perfect Your Fiction Writing by K.C. Finn
- How To Write Best-Selling, Award-Winning Fiction by K.C. Finn
- How To Self-Publish A Book by Emmanuel Nataf
For creatives seeking better goals, clarity, and productivity:
Over the last few years, several people have asked me what my secret is. How do I manage to stay focused on writing every day, run a book production company, keep up with weekly workouts, get enough sleep every night, manage an active social life, and still spend time in the garden? How do I stay so productive and sane at the same time? Where is my time-turner and how much am I willing to rent it for?
Today I’m going to tell you my secret, and it’s really simple. In fact, you’ll find by the end of this post exactly how you can do the same thing.
Now, let’s stop a moment. Are you dreading an upcoming sales pitch? This is how those sorts of posts all start. Confession time: I’ve published my first book, and I’m going to tell you about that. That’s what I’m selling today—shameless, self-promoting author that I now have become.
Your Daily Journal: 100 Day Starter is now available
Wait a minute, aren’t I supposed to be an epic fantasy author?
That I am. But A Thousand Roads will go through at least 8 drafts before its publication date this October, and between each draft I take about a month to write other things, like my wiki, courses for Highbrow, other ghostwriting and copywriting projects, and now, this book.
It made sense for me to start my author career with a front-runner, and what better than a book that is based on the real front-runner behind everything I do: my daily journal.
That’s your daily journal now, since you can go onto Amazon right now and order a print copy to begin your journey right away. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Daily-Journal-100-Starter.
Why should you bother with this journal?
Mainly because it’s a lot cheaper than renting my time-turner. $9.99 US will get you a 100-day journal that contains easy-to-follow instructions on the method I use to hone clarity and self-direction daily, 100 days of practice, as well as an advanced tips section at the back that is a self-help book unto itself (it’s the real gold of the book).
This journal began as a simple solution to a problem for me: trying to communicate to others exactly how my “system” works. There really was no other way to do this than to make a book that you can use yourself, follow along and learn as you go, and ask me questions in the process. I even made a special newsletter for those who try this method I can give you special tips on self-improvement each Friday.
If you enjoy the format of The Five-Minute Journal but want something that drives you a bit more to take action and develop habits and goals every single day, then you’ll enjoy this journal. It is exactly the same journal I use and do every day, and it only takes 10 minutes. Yet the results have been astounding and I only continue to improve by using it. Now that I’ve taken the time to create a book, I’m excited to be able to see others benefit from this process.
Here’s the link again: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Daily-Journal-100-Starter
What is this journal exactly and how does it work?
Every day, you focus on 4 distinct practices, broken into two parts.
1) At the start of the day, you do 1-2 minutes of visualization. This means you will visualize your day from start to finish, as realistic and actionable as possible. You have 4 lines to write this down so that you don’t get too carried away.
2) At the end of the day, you will spend 5-10 minutes reflecting on how the day went by checking in on your visualization and marking yourself on it with a checkmark, x, or ~ (“almost” / “sort of”). Then you’ll spend time:
- Writing down the top 3 things you are grateful for that happened today
- Writing down the top 3 things that you struggled with today
- Writing the top 3 intentions you have for tomorrow
There’s also a few lines at the end of the day to track a core theme or habit (i.e. weight loss, workout routine, a book you’re writing, etc.).
As the days proceed, you will gain perspective by checking back on previous day intentions and how you did, then using those to help you make better intentions for tomorrow. You will gain perspective on how your life is changing as the days add up. And with the advanced tips at the back of the book, you can accelerate the process by learning from my 11 years’ experience on my own self-help journaling practice.
That’s right—this book took me only a few months to put together, but it’s been 11 years in the making. I like to think of it as a sort of “get your hands dirty” self-help book that’s not just a workbook put together by an instructor, but a real-life how-to that preaches what I practice.
Why journal? Why not just go with the flow?
11 years ago I decided I was not happy with where “going with the flow” led me. In fact, my life was at a true dead end.
I decided to start journaling and taking charge of my life. It was a gradual process, as it should be. I didn’t have this journaling method then, just the idea of writing in a journal every day so I could analyze myself over time and cultivate new habits.
But over the years of keeping this up I’ve seen enormous change in my life. I went from wanting to eventually write a book to finishing numerous manuscripts and drafts (those first ones were truly bad, but at least they got done and I moved on to next things). I went from drifting in my career to starting an editing company, which has now evolved into a book production company with a publishing division. I went from being a workaholic who was always too busy for friends and downtime, prone to all-nighters and sleep-deprived and caffeine-jacked—to being well-balanced where I treat my fitness, diet, self-care, social life, and hobby time with as much importance as work. Stress has dropped dramatically and I sleep at night always looking forward to tomorrow and grateful for the day, and the days trailing behind, and a sense of direction, clarity, and meaning.
This is what journaling has brought me. More specifically, this is what the journaling method I’ve honed over the years of practice has brought me, because I took it well beyond just the “dear diary” format. Probably one of the most influential books to me has been The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, as it was after reading this book at the start of 2017 that my journaling habit tightened and went up to a new level. Journaling is great for reflection, but reflection is not helpful if it doesn’t also lead to action, to improvement, to seeing where we can take charge in the areas where we struggle, to seeing where our happy moments lie in every day (especially those days where struggles seem to bury them all), and seeing where we can take charge tomorrow.
And with that, I’m off my pulpit. I promise, faithful followers of the Epic Fantasy Writer blog, I will not spam you again with this, unless the post is related to my writing or my process. That’s what the self-improvement tips newsletter is for.
Please share this post with as many people as possible, especially if you have friends who you think would benefit from this new approach to journaling.
Now back I go into the world of A Thousand Roads. I’m on chapter 20 (of 29) of the 5th draft and am thrilled at the new level of writing I’m pushing onto the 4th draft. A good thing I took that extra time off to write other things and refresh my brain before diving in. A good thing for my journal to keep me focused and see how, as days add up to years, great lines of progress are always there to define meaningful and direction.
Seriously, buy my journal—you will love it. And if not, share this with someone who you think will be into it. (All right, self-promotion over. How did I do? Too annoying? Not aggressive enough? Marketers in the crowd, leave me some tips in the comments.)
April has come, and that means wrapping up the awesome Being A Prolific Writer series by my friend and colleague, M.S. Wordsmith! If you haven’t read her first three posts, read the first here, read the second here, and read the third here.
In my third guest post, I brought up the difference between our long-term and short-term goals, and the necessity to consider both. It’s vital to have some sense of where you want to end up in the long run, but if you merely focus on where you want to BE without being realistic about where you currently ARE, chances are you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. And often, it is constant disappointment that makes us quit.
In today’s post, I want to discuss another question I ask when trying to figure out what my clients want from their writing—How many words do YOU want to write per day?
Figure out YOUR ideal word count
- The 1k+ Writing System: How to Effortlessly Write 1000+ Words – Per HOUR
- The 2kH Formula: How to Instantly Write At Least 2,000 Words PER HOUR
- 5000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter
- 10,000 Words A Day: The Definitive Guide to Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing Every Day
These are just a few of the books published in the last couple of years that stress the importance of learning how to write not only better, but also faster. 10,000 words a day? NaNoWriMo just became a piece of cake!
I am not against writing better, faster. On the contrary: what’s not to love about learning how to write better, faster? If you could write 10,000 words a day, think of just how fast your career could pick up. Can you imagine how many words you would be able to write? A week? A month? A year? And if you could write 5,000 words per hour, you’d only need two hours a day!
Plotter word counts
Trust me when I say you won’t be writing 3,650,000 words a year if you figure out how to write 10,000 words a day. And not just because you need weekends. When we want to measure ourselves against the people who say they write so many words per hour or per day, we first need to understand what it means to write 1,000, 2,000, or even 5,000 words in a particular timeframe. These word counts are plotter word counts.
What kind of word counts? Plotter word counts. No-one is hitting these hourly or daily word counts throughout the year: they start writing those amounts of words after they’ve outlined their new novel in such a way that, in Libbie Hawker’s words, ‘all it needs now is words’. In that period, once the researching and the thinking and the plotting and the outlining is done—and before the editing of the project commences—that’s when these writers start producing crazy numbers. And afterwards? Most writers need a break to refill their well of creativity. Even the most prolific of my clients do (even though they don’t like to admit it).
The creative process
There are different theories on how many stages the creative process actually has, and I’m not going to argue whether there are four or five or even more stages here. No matter the amount, all models amount to the same: they start with what is often called the ‘preparation’ phase—the research period—and they end with the ‘implementation’ or ‘elaboration’ phase, which is when the actual writing takes place. In other words, there are at least three or four stages we go through before we reach the point where ‘all it needs now is words’. That means we have already spent quite a bit of time on our projects before we can actually start counting words.
When we are new to a genre, or are writing in genres that need more time in those first few stages, we’ll spend even longer not counting any words than those authors who know a genre by the back of their hands, or write in genres that don’t need elaborate world-building or endless fact checking. Imagine being a fantasy author starting a new series… You’ll need more time developing your world and figuring out what you want to say about it than your fantasy author friend who’s working on the fifth book in a world already established.
Counting words and/or counting minutes
So, before you start hitting yourself over the head because you don’t write 3,650,000 words a year, figure out how many words you want and can write considering your particular circumstances. Not all day, every day, but in that particular period when ‘all it needs now is words’. If you don’t make those words duringthe researching, the thinking, the plotting, the editing, and the refilling of your creative well, that’s OK. You’re not supposed to anyway.
And, if you do want to make sure you invest daily in your writing career when you’re not producing new words, do what many of my author friends do: figure out not how many WORDS you can write but how many MINUTES you can devote each day to your writing and count those instead. This way, you can track your progress and remind yourself you are doing the work, even when no new words are appearing on the page.
While the Internet and our online and offline communities are an invaluable resource, and I’m utterly convinced that we, as writers, cannot do without, we should always keep in mind that goals, no matter how many people seem to share the same one, are not universal. All goals are personal, and we shouldn’t get caught up in following dreams that aren’t necessarily our own. Instead, we should take a moment to reflect on what our personal goals are, what we want from our writing, and to what extent our personal circumstances can accommodate those wishes.
What do our finances look like, and how does that influence what our current goals should be? What path are we on, and where do we want it to lead us? What means do we need to get there, and what is realistic for us at this particular moment in time to eventually get to that end? If we’re unwilling to ask ourselves these kind of questions, and keep comparing our own circumstances to those of others, how will we able to fully enjoy the wonderful ride that is the writer’s life?
Each time I find my creativity blocked, or despair over the slow pace of my writing, it’s not because I haven’t fully embraced the path I am on: it’s because I momentarily let myself be distracted by prominent voices in the field telling me to do things differently. And I should, if their goals were mine as well. But they aren’t, and all I need to do is keep reminding myself of that. And you should too.
Enjoy the ride. Your ride.
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When I world-build, I break my world into categories. Most of these are practical: people, culture, society, organizations, history. But magic has its own category. It is a whole universe unto itself, as important in generating story as drawing maps.
So I thought today to add some perspective on how magic works I’d invite author Brian Declan onto the blog to talk about it. If you enjoy his exploration on how to approach magic in fantasy, then be sure to also check out his book Hidden in the Reeds. (More on that at the end of the post.)
Take it away Brian!
Brian Declan is the author of the Hidden in the Reeds Series and part time Game Developer. Born and raised in New Jersey, he has traveled for much of his life and currently resides outside of Washington, DC with his wife, Olya. Both are long time lovers of fantasy in all its forms; novels, TV, movies and video games.
How to Make Magic Believable
What is a fantasy world without a little bit of magic? Well, frankly it’s just a world. No matter how detailed or grand the fictional world is, it needs a bit of magic to make it fantastic. But add too much magic and you will send your world to the trash bin of unbelievability in a heartbeat. It’s a delicate balance that we fantasy writers need to find, but luckily we have a few advantages.
First and foremost is that we can steal. I mean leverage what others have created. Toss out the word Dragon or Vampire and unless your readers have been under a rock for the past two thousand years, they get a powerful image of a fire-breathing monster of doom or a pale blood-sucking dude with a funky accent. No legwork required, just use the word and you’re good to go.
The second advantage is that we are creative people. This is what we do. Give us lemons and we give you dancing unicorns with bleach blond hair. Creating some new magical creature or twisting the laws of physics is the bread and butter of fantasy writing.
So how do you go about adding your own magic to the world without unbelievability swallowing it up?
In all the time I’ve spent analyzing, reading, writing and creating fictional worlds, I have found two methods that work best to give your world a touch of magic without letting it turn into Frankenstein’s monster. The first and what I consider to be the easier of the two methods I call the Mystery Method.
1. The Mystery Method
The Mystery Method is where you keep the use of magic very small and somewhat mysterious. This tends to work well in coming of age stories where the protagonist is unaware of magic’s existence and learns about it very slowly over the course of the story. The major benefits of using this method are that you never need to explain why or how magic works. It just exists in some small part of the world and that’s it. By never explaining it, you create an air of mystery that entices your readers to keep reading, because like the protagonist they want to know more.
The key, however, is that magic must be used sparingly. If every scene has some element of the magical world throwing things out of whack or coming in to save the day, then it stops being special and the reader will either start to wonder why nobody noticed it before or worse, stop being entertained. As magic plays a larger role within the world, the reader has a need to understand more about it. If they don’t understand what is happening the story becomes too unbelievable.
In other words magic cannot be used to cover up poor storytelling. Keep it small and mysterious. If the story can’t stand on it’s own, magic is not going fix things. A great example of using the Mystery Method well is George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones. In A Game of Thrones there are only a handful of magical elements. You are amazed by them and Martin never has to explain how any of it works. Dragons exist. Boom, done. White Walkers, okay, that’s just a frozen zombie. Bran is the three-eyed raven—doesn’t look like a raven, and where’s the third eye? No explanation, but whatever, it’s still pretty cool.
Now the Mystery Method is great for authors like George R. R. Martin, but what if you’re like me and love magic too much to push it to the background? Then you need to use a more systematic approach, what I inventively call the System Method.
2. The System Method
The System Method requires a little extra forethought and creativity. You need to create rules and limits for how the magic system works. Then, introduce this to the reader. Often the latter part of this is done by having a master mage teach a gifted apprentice how to use their abilities or something similar. Kinda boring, but effective. Regardless, I’m not going to discuss how you introduce it to the reader in this post. It’s a topic in itself.
Okay, so back to the meat, rules and limits. Just like saying your character has a six shot revolver or a rusty old knife you need to restrict their ability to solve their problems. After that sixth shot they’re in trouble. The same goes for using magic. What is the cost? Do they pass out after the sixth fireball or do they lose their powers all together? Doesn’t matter what, you just need something.
What happens to a guy who comes back from the dead? Is he plagued by demons and ghosts? Does he lose his sense of smell or touch or hearing? Is he immortal now or did he use up his one get out of jail card? I think you get my point.
It doesn’t matter what the rules and limits are, you just need to have them and they need to be cohesive. What I mean by cohesive is that they apply universally to everything and everyone, like gravity. You can’t say that people only come back from the dead once and then later break that rule and make someone come back as much as they want. There must be consequences for breaking the rules.
Some of the best examples of rules and limits come from video games, where a character has a set amount of magic points. Once they use that amount they need to rest and recharge. One of my favorite examples of an inventive magic system was the game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. You can rewind time, but only about ten seconds, and only as long as you still have “sand juice”.
Anyway, at the end of the game the Prince rewinds the entire adventure (breaks the rules) and is hunted by The Guardian of Time for screwing with time too much.
A few final notes:
1) Magic is not a replacement for storytelling. Start with solid storytelling and flavor it with magic.
2) You don’t need to choose between the Mystery Method or System Method. Just understand how they work. Both can be used for different aspects of your world. It may get a little complex, but whatever floats your boat.
3) If you want to throw everything I’ve said out the window go for it, but I suggest you turn the story into a comedy because it’s the only way I’ve seen this work.
Best of luck in your next story.
Let me know what you think about the two methods in the comments. Which do you prefer?
Be sure to check our Brian’ novel, Hidden in the Reeds!
Pride. Joy. Pain. Sorrow. Just weapons. Weapons that can burn a man to cinders, or inspire him to greatness and beyond. For decades Frederick Lockland has wielded them against those who threaten the realm. Pride killed a tyrant. Sorrow ended a war. Passion united a fractured nation. When the ancient city of Reed falls, he must draw on his most powerful weapon.
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March is here, and that means part 3 of the Prolific Writer blog series by my friend and colleague, M.S. Wordsmith! If you haven’t read her first two posts, read the first here, and read the second here.
In my latest guest post, I brought up the issue of making a living, and the importance of figuring out what we need to live comfortably enough. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the success stories circulating within the indie community about authors making 6 figures that we forget to take a long, deep breath and check in with ourselves and what we actually need. Chances are, we need much less than those 6 figures, and we sure don’t need them in the next 5 or even 10 years. Taking a moment to reflect on this allows us to step back and enjoy our own private ride again.
Today, I will share yet another question I ask when trying to figure out what my clients want from their writing— What is a realistic goal for YOU for NOW?
Figure out your SHORT-TERM goals as well as your LONG-TERM goals
Being clear on your personal goal is great. Knowing what you want to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years will provide much-needed focus and enable you to steer your determination in the right direction. But what if that personal goal is a long way down the road from where you are now? How do you get to that point without constantly being frustrated that you aren’t there yet?
While it’s excellent to have clear goals in mind for the future, these goals are often for the long-term, and not the short-term. Yet, most of us find ourselves frustrated by the fact that where we ARE is not where we want to BE. And being frustrated about our own process tends to block our creativity and leads to less than constructive behaviour such as comparing our own creative process to that of others.
What goal is realistic for YOU for NOW?
Each and every one of us lives a different life, so it’s more than normal that we’re all at another place in our lives at any given moment. And that’s OK. Not only do we walk different paths, the distance we still have to travel differs as well. As such, there’s truly no need to compare yourself to others, not even to those with similar aims. Comparisonitis happens to the best of us, if not all of us—Joanna Penn, whose podcast The Creative Penn I highly recommend to any author, speaks of comparisonitis often and discusses it in her book The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey—but that doesn’t mean we should continue comparing our own process to that of others.
With National Novel Writing Month becoming bigger and bigger each year, I can only imagine how many writers are suffering from comparisonitis throughout the process. Not only can you compare your word count to those of others each and every single day, many writers feel as if they’ve failed when they haven’t been able to reach the magical word count that is 50,000 words by the first of December.
It’s not about reaching 50k words
In June, 2016, Joanna Penn interviewed Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of NaNoWriMo, for her The Creative Penn podcast. (Click here to listen.) I still remember the episode because, where I was afraid it would—like so many other podcasts, articles, books, and magazines out there—be on becoming much more prolific than you are right now, that reaching those 50,000 words within a month is what defines you as a writer, what I got from the interview was that NaNoWriMo is not necessarily about reaching 50,000 words in a month.
That is what you officially sign up for, but NaNoWriMo shouldn’t be a stick you can beat yourself over and over again with (which I see happening around me more often than not). Instead, one should see it as a tool to do more than you would usually do, as an attempt to prioritise your writing over everything else for just a month. What can you achieve when you try to stick to writing as much as you can for 30 days? For Grant Faulkner, there is no ‘I only wrote 20,000 words during NaNoWriMo…’ As far as he is concerned, there’s only ‘I WROTE 20,000 WORDS DURING NANOWRIMOOOOOOOO!!!’ That’s still a novel in 4 months. Or a fantasy novel in 7, if you’re writing in the same genre as I do. Not bad, right? Especially not if you’re juggling a day job, a family, a personal life, and whatever else you need to take care of yourself.
Different paths, different means
There’s hardly a greater motivator than knowing where you want to end up, yet sometimes there’s nothing more frustrating than knowing you aren’t there yet. Embrace the simple fact that you aren’t, and focus on the things you can do each day to get closer to that point. If that is writing a novel every 4 months, every 24 months, or even every 5 years, it is what it is, and it’s OK. If you expect yourself to write a particular amount of words each day—whether that’s 125 or 5000—or amount of time—whether that’s 15 minutes or two hours—and that expectation is far from realistic considering where you are in your life right now, you will be in for serious disappointment. And disappointment is anything but a good motivator. It is more often than not what makes people quit.
Different paths ask for different means to an end. Figure out what means are realistic for YOU at THIS POINT in your life and go from there.
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