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“Some folks are born silver spoon in hand” John Fogerty 

Let’s face it despite rumors to the contrary we are all not created equal. God knows we all don’t have equal opportunity either. The only equality that will exist is when we come before God.

Pile of books photoEven in the Bible we read the parable of the talents. We read that one man is given five, another two and the last one. But the trick of life isn’t how much talent you possess but rather what you do with that talent. Did you use your God given abilities simply to enrich yourself or did you help others?

As I am writing this I am chasing the dream of becoming a successful writer. I depressed, discouraged yet the faint light of hope for a better days draws me back once more to the keyboard to continue on with the task. Nothing good in life comes easy. If it did you wouldn’t appreciate the success. Truly my writing has been a long and winding road where sometimes it dominated my life and at other times was not even a thought.

My first year at engineering school I got all A’s and one B. I learned that one of the secrets of success is dedication. Two important other factors are ability and a love for what you are doing. Putting in productive hours is key no matter what you do. Nikola Tesla may have had the greatest scientific mind that had ever existed. He spent many the late night in the laboratory slicing and dicing up the secrets of science.

Quitting is not an option. Sure some days are better than others. Sometimes I’ll write ten thousand words while other days I’ll simply think about my projects. One cannot measure dedication on a daily basis for it far too erratic. Rather one needs to catalog their time and progress and measure it over the year. For 2018 I have purchased a monthly planner. Each day I record what I wrote as far as my blogs and my books.

I remember independent author day in Montclair. There were about sixty of us authors crammed into the room each with a small space on a table. I doubt that among us all we sold a dozen books. Be that as it may I am sure every single author dreams about being a best seller. In fact a million books are published in the United States annually. With such competition success goes beyond writing and meanders into the realm of marketing. It is quite a task in getting one’s name out there. It hard to get noticed.

So with great dedication I go about both my writing and my promotion all in  hopes of one day becoming successful. Fueling the engines is the confidence that I have talent as a writer and that my books are something that somebody would not only enjoy reading but they would make a lasting impression on them.

In the end however my task is a burden of joy. If I wasn’t a full time caregiver for my wife I would have sacrificed my dream of becoming a writer for a conventional job. As it is God has given me ample opportunity to write. It is both a blessing and a curse. I just get enough success so that I don’t quit, but I am far from my dream of financial stability and the fantasy of endless riches.

So this blog is written, I can put another check in the box and move on to the next thing on the list. As I say, I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing this. In the end giving something your best shot is all the really matters. God looks at the dedication of your heart.

Here is my latest book “Fallon From The Farm”.


John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). Dedication. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 23, 2019, from


Last updated: 7 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Feb 2018
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