Bryan Cohen here, guest poster and author, promoting my new book The Post-College Guide to Happiness for The Happiness Blog Tour. I’m giving away free digital review copies of the book and doing a giveaway for paperback copies, audio copies and even a Kindle Fire! Read on and check out the info below the post.
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim
What You’ve Got
A lot of people are looking for the secret to success. Some of them think that it lies with some get rich quick scheme. Others believe that by gaining as many degrees or types of training as possible that they are bound to make it. The ones who are the most successful and also the happiest tend to see what they’ve got to work with and they run with it.
I’ve always had the ability to write truthfully and honestly, but as I got older, I shied away from writing because it didn’t seem flashy or exciting enough. There was no way I would become successful as a writer, I thought, I’d much rather be a movie star or a high-powered director. Even though I’d shown some skill in writing during high school and early college, I wanted to see my name up in the lights.
Even though I had this natural talent, I avoided it like the plague because I wanted something glitzier. After several years of struggling in the acting world, I came back to writing and I completely blossomed. I found a source of income through my books and my website that gave me freedom to live my life the way I want and I’ve grown more in touch with the happier sides of myself.
I’m not saying that you should give up on your dreams and I still think there may be a place in Hollywood for me, but I think that I was always meant to find some success in what was such a natural ability for me. If I hadn’t avoided what was staring me right in the face for so long, I wouldn’t have struggled nearly as much. Now that I have found some success in my adult life, I feel more confident to take on new areas and have more financial freedom to be able to do so.
Trust in your natural abilities. If there is something that you excel at in school or that you really enjoy doing that you label as “nothing but a hobby,” try incorporating it into your life as a full-time or part-time activity. This skill is the happiness that the wise man grows under his feet as Oppenheim says. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, why not go ahead with what you already know that you can kick butt in? Once you’ve got that modest success under your belt, happiness is only a hop, skip and a jump away!
About Bryan Cohen:
Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written nine books including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade, Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job and his new book, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More. His website Build Creative Writing Ideas helps over 25,000 visitors a month to push past writer’s block and stay motivated.
Want to win a copy of the book?
Bryan Cohen is giving away 61 paperback and audio copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a Kindle Fire between now and May 7th, 2012 on The Happiness Blog Tour. All entrants receive a free digital review copy of The Post-College Guide to Happiness. Bryan hopes to give away at least 1,000 copies during the blog tour. To enter, post a comment with your e-mail address or send an e-mail to postcollegehappiness (at) gmail.com. Bryan will draw the names at the end of the tour. Entries will be counted through Sunday, May 6th.