Success as a writer boils down to three things … reading, writing, and feedback.
Absorbing books and blogs. Barreling through a hundred a year. Both old and new. Knowing when to blow through a book in 2 hours … or abandon it. Developing a wicked vocabulary. The rebellious bent that will elevate you above the noise.
And then getting feedback from a professional.
Those three things … that is exactly what I told Ryan Hanley last week during his Content Warfare podcast in response to a reader question.
The first two are pretty much in your power. The third one isn’t … unless you’ve got the money. But I’m about to show you how to get a mentor without spending a dime.
Ryan Hanley’s Little Podcasting Secret
After the call was done, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. He confessed he started the podcast because he wanted to get to know and learn from some of the best in the field. Then it hit me: he’s getting advice from the best in the field … free.
He’s gotten free advice from …
… then some.
Everyone he’s interviewed — at one point or another — has depended upon consultation as income. But Ryan didn’t once (to my knowledge) have to open his wallet.
Who doesn’t like talking about themselves? Who doesn’t like being looked up to? It’s human nature.
Even big shots like Brian Clark, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are happy to do interviews. They know it adds to their exposure … it opens them up to a new audience … fresh ears to share their message with.
And because of today’s technology, we don’t have to leave the comfort of our offices or living rooms to give an interview. We could give five interviews a day and not pack one single bag.
So, for the writer out there … the content creator … graphic designer … athlete … entrepreneur … anyone who has a tight budget but incorrigible desire to learn, make a list of people you admire … and go interview them.
It’s an education you won’t have to pay for.
By the way, you don’t always have to do a podcast or Google+ Hangouts. You could do an email interview … something you share in a post on your blog.