The inspiring story of what to do when self-doubt creeps into your life.

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Imagine being recently divorced with a child. No income in sight and no job. Oh, and fighting mental illness at the same time.

What do you do?

Well J.K. Rowling was exactly in that situation. Her story as a writer is so inspiring, I had to write about it.

One thing Ms. Rowling said was you have to look at your situation honestly and get to work,

“You’ve got to work. It’s about structure. It’s about discipline.”

From 13 Writing Tips from J.K. Rowling by Sadie Trombetta on Bustle.com 9/6/16

Sometimes you have to do an honest assessment and plan…


Baseball is a magnificent teacher. I learned this at an early age.

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When I was about 8 years old I tried out for Little League Baseball. The competition was fierce because you had to impress the coaches to draft you or you didn’t play.

Both of my best friends then had already made it because they were a couple of years older than myself. They made me do drills every day to improve my skills.

At the end of Tryouts, I found out that I had made a team. I was thrilled. The next 4 years were the best years of my life.

I went on to play pony league, county league…


We all need to get better at writing to progress in the system.

A man walking step by step.
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Did you ever wonder why some writers on Medium make thousands of dollars a month and others struggle to make a $100?

I have thought about it for the last 2 months.

I read 10 articles from writers that have made thousands per month and guess what?

They all have some common threads.

First thing I heard from almost all of them is getting curated by Medium should be our first goal. Try and continue to do that as much as possible.

I heard that they don’t get curated every time either. …


A solid writing foundation about basics or how to replace a dishwasher. Are they so different?

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Inspiration comes from strange places these days.

To help understand this idea I need to tell you a story. I promise it’s quick.

I spent the last week trying to replace a dishwasher. Yep, the old dishwasher quit on me. The lights didn’t come on and the pump didn’t engage.

My wife and I went to a big-box retailer and they had a basic dishwasher in white to match our kitchen. We bought it and ordered the free shipping and they delivered it the following Saturday.

Now a dishwasher has 4 steps when you replace one.

You need to disengage…


If you do everything on this list your small business will be successful, too.

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Have you ever wondered why some small businesses are successful and others aren’t?

I have thought about this a lot. I have read blogs, magazines, and books about this subject. It all has to do with hard work and common sense.

Observe the businesses around your neighborhood that have gone out of business in the past year. Can you come up with the reasons why?

I can and it has nothing to do with business plans or consultants. …


Need help coming up with successful topics? Read on.

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One of the most common problems writers have is coming up with ideas to write about.

Not just any idea as some writers will tell you but ideas that people want to read about. This is what makes a successful piece.

Sometimes it is a lack of ideas that we get and sometimes we over complicate the ideas we already have in our minds. In other words, get out of your own way as you are just complicating the matter at hand.

How do I know this is true? I’ll tell you because I do the same thing.

I have…


She’s also a marketing ninja.

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Cook in a commercial kitchen.
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In September 2008 the banks started closing because of the mortgage loan debacle. I was a contractor doing well and never worried about work. I had customers calling every week. But when customers couldn’t use their equity loans it stopped.

Within 48 hours I had no monthly income. Still had mortgage payments, utilities, kids in college and maybe a dozen people getting laid off by me. Actually, I had a good bit of equity in the house, retirement accounts, and savings, but really didn’t want to tap into those accounts.

People still have to eat.

My wife Joanne said I could come cook with her…


Write a strong headline every time you write.

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Every time I start writing a post or an article I try to use a strong headline. That’s very hard to do unless you spend some time manipulating different headlines.

It doesn’t have to take long. But first why spend so much time on a headline?

Why you should write a strong headline?

Copyblogger says “80% read your headline but only 20% read the rest of the post”. Now that is a powerful way to say spend more time on your headline than anything else.

Think about this for a second. If you get 100 visitors to your site this week then 80 will read your headline.


Small business owners wrestle with tough issues every day.

Small business employees brainstorming.
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I am in the food business and this year, 2019, it has been a year of price increases from every vendor I did business with last year. Incredible! We have been in business for 12 years and I don’t ever remember seeing price increases like I have this year.

The large corporations push up prices on things everyone needs such as food, oil, cars, clothes, and healthcare. Then in trickledown economics fashion, the small business pays about 50% of it and the consumer pays the other 50%.

The only way a small business can survive is:

  1. Hard work.
  2. Creativity.

How…


I had no one to ask questions about this dreaded disease.

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Your doctor gave you a small pamphlet that only scratched the surface, right?

You don’t know any diabetics to ask for help. Where do you go?

Can you trust what they say on the internet? Information on the internet is conflicting and wrong most of the time.

How I found out I was a diabetic.

I had a physical in late April. The news wasn’t good.

My doctor told me I was overweight, had high blood pressure and was officially a diabetic. I can’t tell you how bad and hopeless I felt.

I didn’t get a lot of guidance from my doctor. I did copious amounts of research…

Scott Rooks

I am a husband, dad, grandpa, and small business owner. I believe creativity solves all problems. I love to write & draw. https://scottrooks.com/blog-scott-blog

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