Friday, 11 January 2013

Motivation for 2013

I’m sure I won’t be the only writer in need of some motivation after the over indulgence of the festive season. Maybe, like me, you need even more motivation to increase earnings this year after doing your tax return! Although I love inspirational articles in magazines, I don’t often take time to read books on the subject as I’d rather get on with the writing. But I’m really enjoying a particular book on kindle just now and thought I’d mention it here.


Carnegie’s Call by Michael Malone, subtitled 'Developing the Success Habit' and published by Argyll Publishing, is immediately relevant. The author profiles several successful people in an attempt to discover what inspired their motivation to succeed. I know Michael, who is also a poet and crime novelist, and interviewed him on this blog a while ago as Michael J Malone. It’s a measure of his own success that he is now published in more than one genre.

As might be expected from the title, the famous philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, is mentioned but so too are modern Scots who might inspire us to persevere with our goals and ambitions. Although a practical motivational book for everyone, it is essentially Scottish in its profiles and Michael’s own Scottish humour seeps through. We are often so backward at promoting ourselves in the UK, and perhaps Scotland in particular at times, that Carnegie’s Call might be the very inspiration we need to stop being so apologetic for any success.

As an added incentive, Carnegie’s Call is available on Amazon kindle for only .90p until the end of the month. Well worth the read for entertainment and motivation.

Rosemary

15 comments:

Joan Fleming said...

We all need some help with motivation after a self-indulgent season, Rosemary and Michael. A touch of humour also helps especially if the tax man has intruded into our wining and dining over the last few weeks.

Jean Bull said...

thanks, Rosemary, I'll certainly have a look! I could do with some motivation!

Teresa Ashby said...

Thank you for this, Rosemary. The book looks great :-) x

Joanna said...

Thank for this suggestion, Rosemary. It looks fantastic and it's always helpful to have a recommendation. x

myraduffy said...

There is certainly plenty of food for thought here and I'm certainly hoping to put some of the ideas into practice!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Absolutely, Joan!

Me too, Jean!

It's a fun read too, Teresa!

It's very readable, Joanna.

Yes, it's always good to know how others succeed.

Patsy said...

I'm motivated ... sometimes. Usually it's when I'm searching out opportunities for procrastination.

Vikki said...

Think this book is just what I need just now...

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I like it, Patsy!

It's really good, Vikki!

Carolb said...

That's just what I need at the moment, Rosemary. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Sounds like a book I need to read...right after I finish this revison. I am stuck on letter J of Kris Kahrs' Kidlit Alphabet. Removed 60 so far...
http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-kidlit-writers-alphabet.html

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome, Carol!

Hi Pen & Ink - thanks for commmenting. Love that Kidlit Alphabet.

Gail Crane said...

No problem with the motivation but some inspiration would be useful.

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, Rosemary. Somehow I managed to lose you but now I've found you again. :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hello Gail - lovely to see you here! Thanks for commenting - inspiration is always a plus.

Anita Chapman said...

Happy New Year to you Rosemary and best of luck with getting motivated! I returned to writing and blogging today-getting back into it all slowly...