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Andy Weir followed his dream. Ever since he was a small boy he wanted to be a writer, but it took him a long time to find success.

His first short story, The Egg, brought him a bit of notoriety. This thousand-word story got passed around on blog sites and people began to follow him.

The Martian, Andy's new hit book, was first published as a serial, one chapter at a time on his website. He had just a few thousand readers.

He eventually self-published this as a book and it sold about 35,000 copies on Amazon. Suddenly Random House came calling with a big pile of money.

They talk about his daily writing habits and the books and authors Andy is a fan of and James digs in a bit to find out what's next.

He tells James that he's still afraid of being a one-hit wonder. James asks him what advice he would give to aspiring writers

  1. 1.Write. It's easy to daydream about your story but you have to sit down and write.
  1. 2.Resist the urge to tell your story to your friends and family.
  1. 3.This is the best time in history to be a writer. Today, you can bypass the gatekeepers.

 

Listen here its great story.

Direct download: ALR20EP209220Andy20Weir.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Today's show is very special.

The first question comes from one of our listeners about making business deals through mergers and acquisitions.

James says the real work begins after both parties decide on the deal. It's always about the personalities involved and what you believe is best for you and your family.

He also recommends a couple of books: Zero to One, Bold,and the soon to be released The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth,plus the TV show, The Profit.

For our second question, Claudia asks James what he meant when he said, "Entrepreneurship is dead."

 

Listen today as James explains why he believes the real answer instead is to choose yourself.

Direct download: AA20EP2021120Entre.20is20Dead.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:46am EST

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