“We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s OK. That’s good. You’ve gotta keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.”
~ Matt Smith as Dr. Who as he is beginning the regeneration cycle into the next Doctor
What this quote means to entrepreneurial authors:
The only constant is change. At any given moment, the cells in your body are no more than a few days to weeks old. The body you have now, is no longer the body you had just last year.
If you’re doing things right, you are not the same person you were last February, either. You’ve learned things, grown and evolved.
So, too, must your business. The publishing industry is in a state of rapid flux as readers (and authors) are becoming more and more in control over what they can and choose to read, how they purchase what they read, how they consume what they read and more.
Entrepreneurial authors embrace that change and evolve with the times, growing their business to accommodate the needs of their audience.
But they are also aware of the history of publishing and their business. They know what has come before so they don’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
What you’ve done before that was successful could still be successful today, if just tweaked to make use of new technologies.
Books will never die … but they will be transformed: from pages to pixels and beyond. What remains the same is the basics of storytelling and informational transfer.
So embrace your evolution … but “remember all the people that you used to be.”
Now It’s Your Turn:
How has your business evolved in the past year? five years? What has stayed the same? What have you learned from embracing or resisting the changes in publishing, your life and your business? Please share your insights and wisdom in a comment below.