Business Superhero: Stephen King27 Oct 2016
With Halloween just around the corner, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to inject a little fright into my monthly Business Superhero blog by focusing on the master of scare: Stephen King.
King is, of course, well known for authoring dozens of novels, many of which subsequently became successful films. He is often portrayed solely as a horror specialist, although he also writes in the science fiction, fantasy, suspense, and general fiction genres.
The main reason I chose Stephen King for our October Business Superhero is not solely for his writing talent, although it plays a big part. The reason I find King inspirational is that he took something he loved to do and clearly had a talent for it and turned it into a business.
Instead of writing when the mood takes him or waiting for inspiration, King treats his writing as a job. A proper job. One that he takes very seriously. In a 1988 writing handbook, Stephen King wrote that he typically set himself a quota of 2000 words a day to write.
He said, “Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can’t expect to become a good writer.”
By setting himself targets and timescales, King turned his talent and enjoyment for writing into a profitable and regular job. We could all learn a thing or two from his dedication and work ethic.
Before I got my start in the tech industry as part of Apple’s UK Mac launch team, I was a professional drummer (notice I didn’t say musician). But once I got in, I was hooked and I’ve been involved in the tech industry, primarily software development, for over 35 years. I founded this company and I now have the enviable title of System Architect (as well as Managing Director) here at OpenCRM.