“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.” – Aldous Huxley
The more I learn about Aldous Huxley, the more I like him. He was a great writer, who was also a very prolific writer. The two traits often don’t go together.
He is best known for his dystopian classic, Brave New World, however, he wrote almost 50 other books too. Something I didn’t realize, which has whetted my appetite to go find this book, is that he also wrote a book called, Island, a utopian counterpoint to his dystopian classic thirty years after its original publication.
What makes this quote by Huxley so powerful is that he did this. He lived this education out in his own life. He was a great writer, and thus he wrote. But not only did he write, he also edited, he went through probably many rejection notices similar to you, he went through all the hard work it takes to bring to life an idea in your mind into a volume of paper in a reader’s hands.
He did it again and again.
Writing is hard.
Getting someone to read what you wrote and commit to publish it is hard.
Each step in this process is hard.
What’s the next thing you need to do to get your book published?
Go and do it, no matter how hard it will be.