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Beginners: Courting success

Make your own luck, advises Adrian Magson

Dig beneath the skin of most writers and you’ll find a vein of bloody-mindedness that runs deep and wide.

Before becoming a fulltime writer, one of my many day jobs involved working in an aggressive sales environment where targets were the norm, company league tables were required reading, and the Power of Positive Thinking was the daily mantra. Personally, that last one always eluded me because standing up and reciting ‘Today is going to be a Big Sales day’ was never enough to convince me that success would come calling simply because I asked it to. I was more likely to be found at the back of the room quietly muttering, ‘Please God, give me a huuuuge order so I can get these people off my back and retire!’

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