Every single day in Seekerville I'm surrounded by 14 talented writers. Of course it can be easy to loose my identity, or let professional jealousy make me miserable.
1. Embrace the uniqueness of you. If you don't appreciate who you are, and what you offer before you sell, you won't be able to after you sell.
2. Never measure your success using another person's yardstick. You'll come up short every single time.
3. There's nothing wrong with professional envy. "Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him." - Thomas Carlyle
4. Appreciate God's timing in your life. We can't see the big picture in our lives, so why not just enjoy the ride?
5. Overnight success rarely is. Lasting success is achieved by hard work. You can't see behind the curtain so don't presume to know another person's journey.
6. "Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.” Erica Jong. Don't get bogged down in professional jealousy it only hurts you.
And if you have time, stop by Jenny Crusie's site and take her quiz- Green is Not Your Color: Professional Jealousy and the Professional Writer.
Today I'm giving away a copy of Ruth Logan Herne's Waiting Out the Storm to one Seekerville commenter. Winner announced in the weekend edition.