Retro Reminiscing: Elton John – "I’m Still Standing"

Of course those things contributed quite a bit to my success, but if I hadn’t been persistent (or maybe too bullheaded) my release [Fairyproof} wouldn’t have been possible.
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Elton John

Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did

Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid

I'm still standing, after all this time.

These last few weeks have been so exciting. My first paranormal romance novel, Fairyproof, is making its debut. It’s been a long climb to get here. So when I heard this song again the other day, it got me to thinking about the journey.

I’ve been asked by friends and peers what was the key to getting my book published. People ask if there’s any kind of advice that I can offer to help them on their road to publication. A huge part of it would be just what you expect. I studied my craft and worked hard at improving. I followed the advice of the master – Stephen King – and wrote and read every day. Of course those things contributed quite a bit to my success, but if I hadn’t been persistent (or maybe too bullheaded) my release wouldn’t have been possible.

It’s the same with any career in the arts, really. A person puts a piece of themselves into the songs they sing, the scenes they act, the dances they dance, or the prose they right. They lay that bit of their soul out to be judged and hope for acceptance, a chance to tell their stories or show their talents to a wider audience.

It doesn’t matter if we’re told a rejection of our work is not a rejection of us, it can cut the same way.

I don’t think it matters what it is you’re trying to acquire for yourself. Whether it’s a career in the arts or trying to climb the ladder in the business world, the ability to remain standing after being slammed is key. Having the inner strength to stand up, when you’re knocked down, and brush of the dust is a trait that will help you weather any storm or achieve any goal.