The universe and Kristen Lamb have perfect timing. I needed this post though I have been referring to myself more as a pit-bull than a rainmaker. Thank You!!:)
I haven’t written much on my books lately due to the two classes I’ve been taking, Writing Fiction, I wanted to see if I could pick up something new, Digital Marketing because I haven’t done enough in that area and family. This last week I feel like I’ve been going crazy due to work, teenage angst, and homework. My normal “relaxing” outlets are hikes, planning a backpacking trip next year, and still I have a hard time letting go of writing. Of course when I go anywhere, even camping I Have to Have my notebook, several pencils, and erasers. Whenever I leave town my laptop goes with me. It’s a given. Apparently I am obsessed.
My dark side has been surfacing more the last couple of weeks with the stress. We’ll keep that a secret though because my family thinks I’m nuts sometimes. And yet just the thought of giving up only scurries through my brain once in a while, and I mean scurries:)
I’m grateful that I found this blog. I thought I might be the only one digging her teeth in and not letting go.
I’m hitting some of the highlights from Kristen Lamb’s Blog. Take a look to read the full Rainmaker post.
…Anyway, I hit a major turning point years later and that is a story for another time. Truth was? The answers had been there all along. I’d just forgotten the truth or didn’t really want to hear it. The answer was actually from my sales days.
I needed to return to being a rainmaker.
Rainmaker? Yes, rainmaker.
Rainmaker is a term that we used when I was in sales.
WHAT is a Rainmaker?
The rainmaker is the person who gets $#!@ done no matter what. Call him a 1%er, call her a cleaner a cooler a closer. Call this person whatever you will, but I dig rainmaker.
This is the person many of us want to be because the rainmaker is the stuff of legends.
Rainmakers come in all forms. It is the teacher who refuses to believe that a kid cannot learn, who adjusts her teaching style relentlessly until she can break through. It is the waiter who remembers all his customers names and what they order. It’s the athlete, the C.E.O., the small business owner, the S.E.A.L. , the entrepreneur, parent, the author, the artist.
But regardless of profession, all rainmakers share some common traits.
Those of you who read this blog regularly will probably see yourself in the following list because this blog attracts a certain type of reader. Rainmakers and Those Who Are Unusually Attractive. So, if you are NOT a rainmaker, then you will have to coast on your looks.
Today I am going to list some of the character traits of the rainmaker. Some you may possess naturally. Others you might have to work on. I do. We are always a work in progress.
The holidays are coming…but so is 2016. Rainmakers make it rain and we need to make some preparations for 2016. Winter is coming.
Sorry. Been watching Game of Thrones. Couldn’t resist 😀 .
Anyway, what makes a rainmaker? What are some areas we have to watch? Work on? How can we improve?
Rainmakers Have a Dark Side
My opinion? To be a good writer, we must have a dark side. For fiction, we need this dark side to be able to see into the blacker natures of humanity and make them real. If we don’t possess our own dark side to peer into and reference, we’re left with a cheap imitation. All characters are, in essence, a slice of who we are…which is probably why it freaks normal people out to be around us.
Normal people (I am told) do not sit at a Thanksgiving dinner with family and wonder how many ways one could hide a body.
Even those authors who don’t deal in body counts, one must be able to draw from the corrupted aspects of the soul—avarice, jealousy, hate, lust, pride—or?
The blacker our black, the brighter our white.
The dark side is not inherently “bad” and it doesn’t have to be “immoral.” We are not going to become the best at what we do by waiting for permission and playing by the rules. Think about it. We are taught from the time we are small to stand in line and be polite and wait our turn and ask for permission and sit down and accept when the answer is no.
But let’s explore that…
J.K. Rowling became a billionaire and revolutionized YA after being told that young boys wouldn’t read. Anne Rice almost single-handedly invented the vampire genre after being repeatedly told no one cared about stories from a monster’s POV. The Martian just opened at $50.1 MILLION in China and crossed $500 MILLION globally . That movie was based off Andy Wier’s self-published book The Martian.
Thing is, our dark side understands there is no “right” path so it doesn’t bother taking a survey and could care less about approval or consensus.
Rainmakers understand they have a dark side and listen to its council. They do not, however, let it in the driver’s seat.
If you are a rainmaker others probably refer to you as being “obsessed” as if that is a bad thing. Likely that is a character trait you possess all the time. Rainmakers have a hard time resting. In fact, give us a spa day to relax and it better come with a Xanax or five. We have no OFF button. And before you argue, tell me you go to that beach vacation…with NO book. No pen for jotting ideas.
No *GASP* laptop.
Rainmakers of the writing world are always on. Literally. I wake up at 4:15. I check social media while I get caffeine (for my writing platform). I then put in an audio book on the way to the gym. While I work out I listen to music while I think of all things writing. If I am watching T.V. I am busting apart the dialogue, the plot, the setting. If I am listening to music, I am conjuring a scene. I cannot go stand in line at a freaking STARBUCKS without eavesdropping and hoping to mine some killer dialogue and don’t you judge me because you do it too.
I guarantee most of you reading this need a 12 Step Program for your book habit. Creatives often go from writing to drawing to painting to sewing to knitting to playing an instrument. We can only relax from ONE obsession by switching to a different obsession.
Uh huh. You…are…busted.
Obsession is what makes us the best at what we do. In 2016 make plans to channel this obsession productively.
Rainmakers are sled dogs. And I know I am mixing metaphors but y’all are smart and can roll with it. If you have ever owned a working dog like a sled dog, what happens if you do not let that dog pull a sled? It will dig a hole to CHINA in your back yard.
Rainmakers are working dogs of the human world. Our sled is the writing. This is why I encourage creative hobbies that all serve the writing. Audiobooks, reading, watching series and busting them apart feeds the obsession…but it also serves the goal. This allows us to be rainmakers because we are not diffusing this superhuman energy.
Rainmakers do not give up. We get up and we go again and again and again. This one is hard, and if we are going to fail this is the one where we can be weakest.
But, true rainmakers appreciate that life can be a beating and that fair is a weather condition (and we get up eventually). When everyone else is whining we are working. We have pit bull tenacity to figure things out. To be a rainmaker at anything, we must be relentless. Being relentless is awesome. But also remember to be wise. If my goal is to drive from Texas to California and I get on I-20 East? GOOD FREAKING LUCK. Turn AROUND, dumb@$$.
As I like to say, persistence is noble, but persistence looks a lot like stupid. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. Saves time.
What are some ways we can develop those raw killer instincts that make us good at what we do?
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