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Wow this is quite the journey!! What really strikes me is the intensity of your commitment, the sheer graft of it all, and also the listening to feedback and adjusting as you go. Seems like you had real focus to succeed, and you got the book deals! So great to read Adam. AND a newborn through it all, which is no small thing! (Although a new born is small... you know what I mean!) Well done for all you have created, including your family!

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Thanks Raj, the graft comes from believing that thoughts ultimately produce outcomes, like seeds produce trees, but you have to sustain those thoughts with attention, then these drive your actions which produce outcomes.

That’s how it works on the physical realm, and in the spiritual realm God knows which prayers to answer:)

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‘God knows which prayers to answer.’

I really like that.

Great stack. 👏✍️

Well done!

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This is so brilliant to read Adam, thanks for sharing! It’s a long process of evolution. I’m saving up to do the MATS course, sounds like you got a lot out of it. In the meantime working on my portfolio and then it’s feedback time 👍🏻

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I did get a ton out of it! It’s worth the price! But get ready to work your butt off!

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Okay good to know! I think realistically it’ll be next years intake, so hopefully the kids will be a little older and I’ll have a little more time to commit to it. Looking forward to it!

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Hi Adam, so you’re basically saying your path was perfectly linear? Just kidding! Thanks for sharing. If I look at my journey, I’m basically at step 25; however, I think I really need to take the class you’re referring to. By the way, loved your interview with Mark Hoffman on Gab n Doodle!

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And I’m sure you’ll have your own fun set of steps

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It’s basically a walk in a park, haha!

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> The offer is withdrawn because I’m ‘too ambitious’.

I'm sorry, what??

This is such a relatable list, Adam. But I think you are a more diligent student than I am. 🙌

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I’ve been called a lot of good things but really, it’s desperation that fueled the journey! :)

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Congratulations would not be the right word, but, congratulations anyway! Very happy for your progress, Ming. And the thing about the 35 steps are, the steps vary for different people. What's constant: hard work, discipline, discernment, wisdom. Also, as you've demonstrated, don't be afraid to ditch a strategy that didn't work.

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love this very realistic step-by-step guide! I have to ask: what made you take that course again? Doing a course for a second time wouldn't be something that would even cross my mind!

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The live aspect of the course is very encouraging and informative, there is a sense of camaraderie between the students, and I’ve made friends

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I often re-do courses. It's fun to see how something that wasn't important becomes important. Same course, same person but different circumstances. Love this list Adam.

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I think it’s perfect you’re offering 1-to-1 sessions, especially since they’ve helped you so much! It’s such an important investment for anyone who wants to take their work to publishers. I know you’re going to help so many people (myself included because you know I’m signing up at some point. Maybe to remind you to water Roger!)

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Thanks Beth! We would have to trade, because I actually want to ask you ‘about all the things’ - live events, I think you run them so perfectly, when their on, in the build up and even after, it’s just all organised so well!

My critique group, ‘the Illoguild’ is moving towards having public sessions, and I just know there’s so much value in there waiting to burst out!

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That sounds wonderful, Adam and I’m honored you feel that way! 😄 Let’s chat soon!

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Such a fun and informative list! Thanks!!

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Wowza - you are quite the inspiration! I love your substack. Thanks for sharing so generously.

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I self-published a couple of children's picture books to Amazon this year, in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook formats. It's the start of a series about a young girl Ella and her dog Izzy. https://open.substack.com/pub/booksbyajcameron/p/the-adventures-of-izzy-and-ella

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