I sometimes wonder what makes the difference between successful copywriters and copywriters who fail to get things rolling. Not only that, I wonder what makes the difference between people who achieve success in any area and people who don't.
Perhaps you wonder this too.
As I've reflected on my own success and what's made the difference, I've discovered a "hierarchy" of sorts. I call it my "Hierarchy of Success Factors."
Please take a moment to review my list. The items are listed in order of influence. Maybe you will resonate with some of the success factors I've discovered that are at work in my life.
Ryan's Hierarchy of Success Factors
I'm going to say something that might make you uncomfortable. That is, I would not be successful as a copywriter today if it had not been God's will for my life.
The key to success in anything is to discern what God's will is. Then do it. Do you remember how David won battles? He inquired of God first.
After you discern what God's will is, you must have faith you have heard correctly... and then... act on it. That's where the action piece comes in. Of course, without faith, action cannot happen.
A quote that motivated me to quit my job was from the German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it!"
As I contemplated quitting my job and embarking on a new adventure, it simply felt like the time was right. God had orchestrated events so that I couldn't possibly say no to the idea of becoming self-employed. So I put in my two weeks' notice and took the first step.
Next in my hierarchy I have listed skill. You might think this should be first, but it is not. For I could be a great copywriter and still have no clients, should God plan it so.
It's my belief that skill is less important than we would like to believe. After all, how we love to boast in our skill! But without God, faith, and action, skill becomes irrelevant. Or said another way, skill remains latent.
In all of this, God still possesses the ultimate influence. As Jeremiah 10:23 says, "I know, O Lord, that a man's way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps."
Or if you favor Solomon, try Proverbs 20:24, which says, "Man's steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way?"
Translation: God is controlling your life. He is the #1 Success Factor.
Honor God. Seek to know His will. Have faith. Take action. Use your skill. Do these things and success shouldn't tarry long.