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How Bad Do You Want It? A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 9, 2013

It is a hunger. It is a thirst. It is a clawing in the deepest recesses of my stomach, an Alien-like moment with a powerful force erupting from my cavities and soaring with teeth bared and a growl of satisfaction.

You see, I am a writer, and I am driven to succeed in writing, and that means fifty and sixty hour weeks of writing, and networking, and marketing, and when I’m done with all that I start again, day in, day out, week in, week out, the months turning to years and that first sentence has become millions of words and……

I want it so damn badly that I can, indeed, taste it, and the thirst is never satisfied, and there never seems to be enough networking or marketing and there certainly never seems to be the perfect words, sentences, paragraphs…..never enough…..still the need…..never enough….still the need.

Why do I write? Why do I breathe? Same question really and unanswerable. This is what I do…this is what I must do…and I must succeed….I will succeed….succeed with the need.

Watch out for a fastball underneath your chin!
Watch out for a fastball underneath your chin!

It Has Always Been So

As long as I can remember it has been this way. Tell me I’m too short and skinny to play on your baseball team and I’ll spend hour after hour practicing until my fastball paints the corner and your knees buckle and you are forced to admit that the short, skinny kid really does have game.

Tell me I can’t make it in business and I’ll work sixteen and eighteen hour days to prove to you that all you need are willpower, determination and a refusal to quit to make it in any damn business.

An un-teachable student? I’ll find a way to teach them. A windmill that needs toppling? Give me a second to find my white steed and just point me in the right direction.

The question has never been “is it possible”….no, the question, to this man, is as simple as “how bad do you want it”….and I usually want it pretty badly.

So I ask the same question of you…how bad do you want it?

To My Writer Friends

How bad do you want it? Don’t tell me this writing gig is tough. I know all about tough. I know about the hours spent with no rewards. I know about the rejections and the feelings of inadequacy, and I know about the struggles to find the right words.

I know there are some of you reading this right now who doubt your abilities. I know there are some of you reading this right now who lack encouragement from loved ones and friends, and who are wondering if you have what it takes to make it in this crazy, mixed up world of the arts. The money trickles in, the hopes fade and the distractions keep sending you on detours.

You write a book and it is met with a collective yawn by the reading public. You pour your heart and soul into your craft and the thud of failure can be heard for miles. Your query letters are met with silence, your re-writes are as ineffective as the originals, and the bills pile up demanding that you quit this foolishness and get a real job.

And I say to you…how bad do you want it?

To Those Who Are down and Out

The sun shines but there is no warmth.

Is there really a point to this thing called life? Despite your best efforts, or what you believed to be your best efforts, failure has always reigned supreme for you. Dead end jobs, failed relationships, legal problems and a seemingly endless array of daily trials leave you exhausted and hopeless at the end of the day. The shadows crawl across the walls and the warmth leaves the air, and no matter how many blankets you pile on top of you at night you cannot avoid the chill in your heart.

Your job won’t pay the bills. Your husband left you and the kids seem to conspire to make you miserable. The government is no help, the fair-weather friends have headed for nicer weather and you are left with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

When there is nobody left to support you, and your back is pressed firmly against the wall, I have only one question for you….

How bad do you want it?

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I Know Some People Who Would Knock Your Socks Off

Physical handicaps? Big deal! Abused as a child? Big deal? Born into poverty? Big deal!

No, I am not making light of those situations, but I am pointing out that I know people who have met challenges that would bring most to their knees, and they have overcome those challenges because they wanted it badly enough.

But you say you have no opportunities to succeed? I say bull!

But you say the cards are stacked against you? I say bull!

But you say it is too hard and there is no hope? I say bull!

Not terribly eloquent but I think you understand my message.

If you were not born in the lap of luxury and the opportunities are limited then make your own opportunities.

If you were born with a 40-card deck that is missing the face cards then print your own face cards.

If you were born with a thousand pound weight attached to your shoulders, remember that one arm seems like a bounty in the land of blind men.

How bad do you want it!

Sing with me....How Bad Do You Want It?

I Do Not Tolerate Excuses Well

I admit it. As understanding and empathetic as I am, and I am very understanding and empathetic, I have very little patience with excuse-makers.

Do not tell me what is wrong with the world unless you can give me suggestions on how to make it better.

Do not tell me what is wrong with your life without telling me what you are going to do to improve that life.

Never underestimate the power of a determined person.

During my years as a teacher I observed an interesting phenomenon with my students. As the years became decades I saw more and more children throwing up their hands and giving up at the first sign of adversity, and I’ve got to tell you that bothers me on so many levels. If a middle-school student is so eager to throw in the towel and quit at the age of twelve, what possible positive outcome can there be when that same student is forty and they have really experienced life?

The losers in life find a way to perpetuate the losing. Winners do exactly the opposite. We become, in a very real sense, a self-fulfilling prophecy, and it is very difficult to change either of those behaviors.

It is time for excuses to end

And so I Ask You

Maybe you never will reach your goals as a writer. Maybe your articles and books will never be read.

Maybe you never will find a loving relationship and maybe your job will always leave you feeling empty.

Maybe the cosmic world really is against you and you will never crawl out of the hole you find yourself in.

But you will never know unless you try, and that is a truth that cannot be denied.

So, for those who are struggling, for those who have stumbled and fallen and live with permanently scraped knees….for those who are brow-beaten and discouraged and dragging from the weight of it all…I ask you one very simple question….

How bad do you want it?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Great motivation for a Friday morning and am so with you on being told this one sentence from the time I was a small child, too by my own dad. So, yes I keep plugging along, because I too want it very badly. Thank as always and hope you have a great weekend now!

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      Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      You are right again. Thanks, you provide me with a lot of inspiration and a good slap on the wrist, which is always needed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it was a mantra in our household, and no whining allowed by my father....and I'm very grateful to him for that lesson.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Annette, I hope I didn't slap too hard. :) Glad to be of assistance and thank you for the visit.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Yeah!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lizzy, how bad do you want it????

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, you are quite the motivator. You need a booking agent

      to get you in front of millions of people. There are companies who would pay to have you stand before their cooperate leaders, and set a small fire under their asses.

      Your enthusiasm and inspiration are contagious.

      You are a born leader, and I thank you for all the encouragement that you bring to these pages.

      Your efforts are greatly appreciated,

      DJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Just the kick in the ass I need, Bill. What more can I say?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that says it all...now get moving in the right direction again. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well DJ, I need you as my agent, because nobody is calling me to do those speeches. LOL Name your price, book the gigs, and I'll be there. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      There was a time in my life when I thought how much I wanted to publish a book, but as I have gotten older, the want has given way to the need to just write regardless of any materialistic successes. So, did I give up? Or, did I just change my mind as to what really mattered? I do not know, but I do know that if anyone can accomplish what he wants, it is you my friend. Thank you for providing my day with such motivation and insight.

      V++/Share

      Best to you,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim...thanks for your name...the screen name was hard to type. LOL

      I don't think you gave up; you are answering the call and shifting priorities.

      I appreciate you stopping by my friend. Have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another passionate hub today. I feel breathless having sat here and read it. You seem a little angry with yourself here Bill. I feel the pressure you are giving yourself. Take an extra moment with Bill and have another coffee. Inspiring others is hard work my friend.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Graham! Nice insight....I am never totally pleased with my writing. I can always do better. Sigh...the curse. LOL

      Thank you my friend. I will take the weekend off and come back fresh on Monday.

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hello Bill, this is so inspiring. I'm very new here but I must remember that Rome was not built in a day. This is a great hub and could be a great motivator for those who are struggling with with doubt. Thanks and voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bill

      You really are right...there are no excuses. If you want to succeed at anything it takes your undivided attention and the commitment to do what takes to make it work!!!

      Awesome hub, Bill.

      Voted up, shared, and shouted from the mountain tops

      Many Angels are winging their way to you this afternoon. ps :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Man of Strength, if you want this writing gig to work then put in the time my friend. You have game; now develop it...and good luck on your path. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No excuses, PS....the day you hear me spout an excuse I want you to fly out west and slap me alongside the head. LOL

      Blessings and hugs are yours

      bill

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Love it! Excellent writing as usual. I think we're cut from the same cloth.

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      mejohnson 3 years ago

      Wow! That's a nice kick in the pants.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for some motivation! It can be hard to keep your eye on a long term goal, especially when it feels like an uphill battle, but you know how they say "It takes 20 years to become an overnight success." You can't make yourself work that hard for that long unless you really, truly want it!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I know that I want it; I also know that I can push harder. Thanks for the push, as always. Please know that your efforts to motivate us have huge payoffs ahead!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I honestly think that if people get this kind of encouragement when they're younger they're more apt to work harder for whatever they want and not let the nay-sayers get them down later in life.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Okay, I'll get all Yoda on ya with this one. "Do or not do. There is no try." Happy Weekend!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent pep talk Bill. No excuses. From the comments above many folks are hearing your message. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I consider that an honor to be from the same cloth. Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mejohnson, hopefully a very gentle kick. LOL Thanks for the visit and the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I read an author who said it takes 10,000 writing hours to reach a level worthy of writing a book....I have a few more hours to go. :) Thanks my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I appreciate that, and I look forward to the day when we all have made it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I totally agree. So many people are broken down and discouraged at a young age, and I hate to see that kind of potential go to waste. Great point.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, a perfect summary as always. Thanks and I hope your weekend is all it can be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I couldn't ask for more if they are hearing that message. Thank you buddy and have a great weekend yourself.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      what I loved about this hub thought it has many many facets....people always looking to blame and make excuses for lack of success. I can't do this because....or things will work out if this happens....Fortunately after having a mother who found blame for every situation I go the other way...And I mentioned this before---the things I wanted the most I went for..And when a highschool guidance counselor told me we would be lucky if my son finished high school...Just got a PHD...so I know about the pain, disappointment, excuses and the could haves, would haves, and should haves....So reading this brought kind of a smirky smile...

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      When I read your eloquent essays and view your videos (I'm listening to it now as I write these words), I imagine we're sipping cold soft drinks outside on the porch and having a quality time of sharing our respective views.

      With this hub, however, I am 13 years old, and you're the English teacher who's called me in after school to go over a few things with me.

      The discussion is more of a monologue with you doing the talking and me doing the listening...something that doesn't come natural to an adolescent kid. And when it's over, you kneel down with your face at the same level as mine...and you ask me, point blank, "Have you heard a word I've said to you, Joe?"

      And I respond, "Yeah...how bad do I want it? Well, Mr. Holland, I want it really bad!"

      "Okay, then! Now here's what I want you to do:

      "Write a personal essay, short story, or article utilizing the following familiar theme--

      "Something old; something new; something borrowed; something blue...

      "Think you can do that, son?"

      "Like you said, Mr. Holland...how bad do I want it?"

      Bill, sometime later this afternoon or tonight, I will have that assignment up and ready for your review.

      Aloha, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, there are limitations for all of us of course, but the worst of those limitations are ones that we place on ourselves simply because of a lack of belief. When I leave this world I don't want to leave anything on the field.

      Thanks for sharing your perspective and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I am getting up, refilling my lemonade, sitting down on the porch and getting comfortable. There you will find me when you finally publish that hub, and eager I shall be.

      I just love your comments, buddy.

      Cooler weather starting tomorrow....at least for us westsiders.

      Aloha my friend and thank you

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Strange that this hub just made me realize something. I was always writing stories in my mind and just never had the notion to put it to paper. Even coming here was not with a plan to write articles, stories or poetry; it was just a place to warn people about elderly abuse in nursing homes. Now I can't even wish I had written the word long ago for the sorrow of how many years I missed and what might have been. Like Kim though I think my goals have mellowed and I am OK with not being that great poet from America, Jackie Lynnley....lol. We always think we can when we hear you bill, and you make us smile and think for a minute we could have been. All the best for you bill, I hope you go far and your dream never dies. You do work so hard for it.

      All ups and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Bill, you are a true motivator!!! Hey, you could also be a great motivational speaker. This could very well be another niche for you. Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

      Hello Bill, this is another article worth a read. Thanks for sharing your expertise and wonderful experiences.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, that was such a kind thing to say. I love that you write for the love of writing, and others like you. I love it too....it is a passion....but I need to remember to find balance as well.

      Thank you my dear and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you....I'll let you know if anyone calls me to speak for them. :) Who knows what the future holds, right?

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure, Mark, and thank you!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The answer is very much so! It's on the surface. I know it's there. It's around the corner...but I just...can't...reach...it. But, I will. My entire life I've been labeled as stubborn, so for once I will use that stubborness to my advantage and try, try , try again. I'd like to say I'd grow tired and quit, but it isn't something I can control. I love writing and unless that love dissappears, then I'm here to stay (even though I'm late today, sorry)! Wonderful hub, Bill. Have a great weekend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Gees, I almost want to write a best seller and it be made into a box office hit and make a million bucks!! Your motivation is catching. I'm sure you empower so many to do and be the very best. Thank you Bill, your enthusiasm is wonderful..Thank you...

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, I hear a message, a message not only of kicking behinds. A message of new beginnings, a message of truth.

      Mark

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Okay, now you've moved from sensei to coach. I can hear the football coach yelling at his team before the game, "how bad do you want this win? Can you taste it? Then go out and get it!" And so dear friend, that is how I see this hub, a super pep talk for those on the edge, getting their toes wet but afraid to take the plunge! I have to hold my nose when I go under water, but that's okay, I can still jump in.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and of course, shared.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. Motivation can determine your success and your failure. You make some great points. If you want something bad enough and work hard to get it, you'll be surprised what you can accomplish. It's that "drive" inside of you, that passion that burns in your soul. Determine your vision and where you want to be, then don't stop.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I know you've hit the spot when half-way through this inspiring read I found myself thinking, it's time to dust off that old story I've been trying to write. The simple truth is, if we don't give it our best shot, there's no point. However; not everyone wants the same things. For you, I know it will happen. It's close enough to touch, and you my friend more than anyone I know, deserve every success. A wonderful and very motivating write, brilliantly done as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I suspect we are very much the same in our determination and yes, stubbornness. :) In this business those are two very good traits. :) Thank you and I hope your weekend is all you want it to be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Ruby! I really do appreciate you so much. Have a wonderful weekend and think about that best seller and how you are going to spend your millions. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are right on. I want everyone to reach their potential, but some just need an ass kicking every once in awhile. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you make me smile...sensei....coach....sheez, I have too many labels. LOL I've been called a lot of things, but I think I like the things you call me the most. :)

      Have a great weekend my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, you said it perfectly. Too many writers get discouraged. They think writing is like going to a fast food restaurant.....no way. This is a long path and you have to be willing to walk the entire path. Best of luck to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I want you to dust off that old story, and I want to read it. :) That story deserves to see the light of day, and you deserve it too.

      Thank you as always; I'll make it if I'm willing to keep working hard.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - This "kick-in-the-butt" hub is just what I needed after several weeks of feeling overwhelmed by circumstances and allowing that feeling to come between me and writing. Now (thanks to your motivating words), I'm all geared up to finish a hub I began several days ago and begin a short story for a contest (that I discovered on your blog). Again...thanks!

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I actually wrote this to kick myself in the butt. LOL I needed a wake up call, so I'm happy other people related to this as well. Good luck with your hub and short story contest. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Really amazing hub.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, I guess I wanted it bad enough to have the Audubon Society ask me to write a blurb and provide a picture which will be in next month's newsletter...

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You summed up your entire motivating article - the whole ball of wax - with that one sentence near the end, Bill. '... you will never know unless you try.' Absolutely, positively true!

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Billybuc! Wow, I feel like your had your face in the face of every single reader here1

      Thank you for the push we all deserve!

      I've been reading "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Inspiration For Writers" which I highly recommend you, and any hubber who sees this comment, obtain this book!

      ...it contains 101 stories by writers who motivate the reader to keep going...just like your hub here.

      One of the writers quotes Thoreau: " it is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?"

      Also, one of the writers completed her book by writing 15 minutes a day.

      I've been doing that with the book I am working on.

      With all I have going on right now I make sure I write 15 minutes a day., minimum... That's how bad I want to finish my book. I get to Barnes & Noble as much as possible and I'm there 9 to 4...which gives me more time to work on it.

      I keep many printouts of your hubs about writing in a manila envelope which I frequently read to keep my stamina up.

      When I finish my book, you will be the first to know!

      Also, WOW for that video! I took down every word you said in shorthand! What a great quote: "Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You cannot build upon it...it is only good for wallowing."

      Wonderful words of encouragement for those who have regrets...probably everyone in the world! I am going to transcribe my shorthand notes and give them to my sister and review them myself.

      One of your best videos ever!

      Keep those words of encouragement coming! God bless you SO VERY MUCH. Sparklea :)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Oh my you shook us! Since the start: "It is a hunger. It is a thirst. It is a clawing in the deepest recesses of my stomach, an Alien-like moment with a powerful force erupting from my cavities and soaring with teeth bared and a growl of satisfaction."

      I love every inch of this hub! "The sun shines but there is no warmth. "

      Thanks so much Bill, you are a great teacher, friend, person, leader and writer.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Bill, as I started reading this, I was thinking, "how do I light this kind of fire in my students?" Then I came to the part where you wrote, "During my years as a teacher I observed an interesting phenomenon." Indeed, students lack that fire within them to have passion and drive to get what they want in life. There seems to be a growing apathy in our youth. I wonder what will become of this world if this trend continues. One of my primary goals as a teacher is to spark students to want something, anything, bad enough to go out and work hard for it. Here's hoping that they catch a bit of enthusiasum for life.

      Great motivational writing here. Your words lift me up and remind me that we can all be whatever we want to be in this life if we want it bad enough. That is a great message. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that's great news. I'm applauding from 2000 miles away.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I wonder how many good writers quit before the miracle happened. How sad would that be?

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, whenever I need a boost all I have to do is read one of your comments. Thank you very much my dear friend.

      I am cheering you on to finish that book and you know I will be your biggest supporter outside of family of course.

      I have read that book...the quote by Thoreau is so very classic, isn't it?

      Lea, you are a blessing to me and I thank you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, it is my pleasure. I gain great joy from helping others and teaching when I can. I am the one who reaps the rewards from these hubs, and the friendships I have gained.

      blessings always dear lady

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, that is indeed your greatest challenge as a teacher. That was my number one goal each year. Practically anyone with some intelligence can teach a subject....but to motivate and inspire while teaching? Now there is the true challenge.

      blessings to you my friend and thank you for being the teacher that you are.

      bill

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dearest Bill - You are a miraculous gift filled with wisdom, light and inspiration. As I read the comments left by your array of followers, I'm left with this thought.

      We are all on a great journey. Where are we on this journey? Some of us may already be in flight, well on our way to finishing that 'best seller.' Some of us are waiting for the right moment to surge into flight. And the rest of us are still swimming blindly around with our massive potential untapped.

      But the great teacher, Bill Holland, beckons we writers, preparing us for our transformation.

      What do we owe you? Everything! You are the music from Heaven. Much love ~ Audrey

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey my dear, you are a teacher, and you know the truth all good teachers know....we were meant to teach. It is in our DNA, and we teach just as we breathe...to feed something inside of us....a need.....a passion.....I know you know this to be true.

      Thank you for your kindness, support, and above all, your friendship.

      love,

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this very inspirational article, Bill. You have a wonderful ability to motivate and support your readers, which I appreciate very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia....just trying to light a fire. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An inspiring motivational article Bill. You would make a great speaker. Thank you for the boost

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG.....Yes, absolutely, I HEAR you.....agreed. Heard the same, growing up....."Want it?--Go get it--WORK for it"......No excuses allowed. No whining heard. Just do it and keep pushing and then do it again. Amen, Bro. You are SO right.....UP+++ & pinning/tweeting

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, we were raised by the same generation of parents.....I didn't dare whine when I was a kid, and excuses were never tolerated....and you know what? I'm grateful for it. :)

      And I'm grateful for you. Thank you!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      As usual, your hub left me with goosebumps on my arms. The song is a nice touch, too. I love it. "How bad do you want it?" That is a very raw question, and if anyone wants something bad, it can be done. No excuses.

      Once in a while I will come up with excuses in my mind, but usually I knock them out of my head after a good sulk, and I become more determined than ever.

      Thanks for this, Bill. I have been away for a good chunk of the weekend, and I needed it. Andy still has the condo in Connecticut that we lived in before, and I went over there Friday morning, and stayed for 2 days. It gave both of us space to do our own things, it allowed me to sort through the belongings of mine that are still there, and get them ready to move when the time comes. And I spent one fantastic day with Andy's folks. It may sound backwards to hang out with them, now that Andy and I are not dating, but they are amazing people. They have been like my own family these past 4 years, and just being around them helped me emotionally, and made me very happy. I also got to be around his great-niece, an adorable little peanut. It would be hard to be sad around a sweet baby!

      To end this great weekend, I got to ride with his folks back to Boston, and they spent a few hours with us. They saw the apartment, and we went out to eat at an Italian restaurant on the North End. Fun times!

      Anyway, I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Amen, Bro.

      For all you Young Ones out there. You needn't be shocked, once you have reached full" maturity," to find yourself THANKING your parents, for the very same things that in "youth" you begrudged! If this hasn't happened yet....you need more time to mature. Smile.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, that sounds like a wonderful weekend and just what you needed. Big changes coming your way and you should grab every opportunity to relax and let your mind unwind. I'm happy you had such an opportunity.

      Thank you as always and I hope you have a great week.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, that maturity thing took me quite a long time for sure, but once I made it the realization hit me that my parents did one hell of a job of raising me.....all my bitching about something that was good for me. LOL

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      LaurieNunley517 3 years ago from Deep South

      Thank you! Words of wisdom and just what was needed for the day. Days when I'm sick are going to be a non-excuse. I'll keep writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurie, you are very welcome....I guess it depends on how sick, doesn't it? :) Happy writing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Achieve your goals with ease and never give up such an encouraging hub on this topic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, too many writers give up before the miracle happens, and I think that is sad. Thank you!

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill, sir , professor . . . H'm ... Your tough question deserves an answer: " how bad do I want it ?"- not as 'bad ' as your 'bad ' is and you know that I want it pretty badly. However I'm not to tell you anymore what's " wrong " with my life , because nothing is wrong anymore since my determination to set up priorities.

      Thank you for your forbearance .

      Voted up and interesting and useful.

      May you be blessed always .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, enjoy your weekend and best wishes on setting priorities. It's always a pleasure having you visit.

      blessings always

      bill

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