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Your Two Forms of Success

Recently, playwright Marcus Gardley was interviewed by Rebecca Gross for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gardley, who also teaches playwriting at Brown University, shared an important concept that writers should take to heart.

One of the questions asked: "What do you think is the most important thing you can teach your students?" Gardley responded, "The most important thing I've learned in the last few years is that you have to be open to redefining objectives for yourself in order to stay focused as a writer. I always ask my students to give two forms of success: there's success where the only thing preventing you from achievement is you, and then there's a level of success that requires other people. As long as one of those is working, that should be enough for you to keep going."

The concepts he presents here - two forms of success - are fascinating and practical.

Look at your own creative process and determine what your two forms of success are. Are you preventing yourself from your next achievement? What do other people need to do in your life to help you reach the next level?

You can read the interview with Marcus Gardley in its entirety here.

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