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September 02, 2010


Developing your own internal standards of what you would count as a success sounds like a very healthy and positive change in perspective. It probably takes a lot more creativity and ingenuity to be the guerrilla success you have described then it does to buy your way to the top.

I'm delighted to find your blog and this particular post. I read, with great interest, Seth's big reveal about the bestseller list since I too published a book. Why was I not surprised about how this worked? After all my years in corporate and all that I've blogged about the backstory to most successes, I was caught on this one.

I love your perspective about success in the face of this new insight. You're so right that it's about the impact made on the lives of readers that really matters. As trite as it may sound, even if only one person's career is made easier and more successful for my/our words, then that made the writing worth it. After all, for many books I've read along the way, I surely was at least the one!

Thanks, Alexandra. I'm looking forward to following you. I have you on my blogroll now and became a subscriber. ~Dawn

Hi Alexandra,

Thanks for the thought provoking post. It got me thinking about What happens when two managers of the same project have different definitions of success? What do you do with your own definition of success (if yours is different from both of theirs)?And what do you do while the two managers quibble over the project?

@Vincent: Great question. I'd ask the advice of the person you officially report to.

@Dawn: Great to meet you as well. I look forward to checking out your writing!

@DC: I think it takes a lot more mental energy too, but hopefully it's worth it.

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