How many balls do you need?

Inspired by today’s listen on The Self Publishing Formula – Indie Mistakes to Avoid with Alessandra Torre.


Imagine you have a soccer ball and it’s sitting out on the pitch. It doesn’t have to be a soccer ball, it can be a ping-pong ball, a marble, a tennis ball. It can be one of those bouncy balls that people buy to exercise on but never do and they sit around in the garage until someone decides to use it in a prank video. You know the ones…

Anyway, you have a ball, and all you have to do is kick that ball five times a day and see how far you can shift it. If you haven’t already guessed or listened to the podcast, your ball is your art, your writing, your start-up, your sidehustle, whatever. You get x-amount of time a day to kick that ball up the field. If you’ve got a day-job, that’s a different ball-game…pun intended.

The challenge is to focus on that one damn ball and get it kicked as far and as well as possible each day and not feel tempted to get another ball to kick. You know how it goes, you’re writing a book, or your second book and you’re trying to get that writing career moving but you hate your day-job, or you feel you’d be more legit as an artist (and let’s face it, the money can be a draw-card…) if you had some other streams of income or even one. Money is a good thing, it pays for the studio, the print copies, the food on the table, the roof over our heads! But then we’ve got a second ball to kick and we still only get 5 kicks at the ball.


Of course there’s always the option to find some more time for kicking. I heard someone (nuts) once talking about how you ‘are what you do between 9 and 2.’ I say nuts because this person was talking about the time between 9 PM and 2 AM. I’d say that I am reading and sleep in that order if that’s the case.

keeping one ball in play is enough
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Feature Photo by noor Younis on Unsplash

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