The Mindset of Successful Self-Publishers

by Joel Friedlander on April 21, 2014 · 2 comments

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Mindset—yours may be important in determining whether you’ll achieve success in self-publishing, or whether you’ll struggle, never quite getting where you want to go.

What is a mindset? Well, it’s kind of like an attitude, or a whole series of attitudes around a particular topic.

When we go into a new field, we’re naturally sensitized to notice lots of things we might never have paid attention to before, and this can happen in both significant and mundane parts of life.

For instance, maybe you just bought the latest Volvo sports car. All of a sudden, when you’re looking at the paper, driving on the road, talking to friends, you’re going to become aware of Volvo sports cars.

“Hey, there goes one. I didn’t realize there were so many. I’m seeing them. I’m waving at them!”

In other words, this has become a meaningful object to me and so I start to react to it when I see it in my environment. Not only that, but it seems like all of a sudden there are Volvos everywhere, when I never noticed them before. How did that happen?

The same mechanism comes into play in self-publishing, and can play an important role in your success. If we have the right attitudes in our mindset when it comes to self-publishing, the world is going to look like a big, glorious opportunity.

3 Aspects of the Self-Publishing Mindset

We are complex, and each of us is a mix of lots of characteristics. When we focus on a specific task or field of work, the attitudes and experiences we’ve had in that field become active.

Within those attitudes, in the self-publishing mindset here are 3 traits that many successful self-publishers share (and one bonus at the end):

  • Experimental
  • Opportunistic
  • Self-directed

Let’s look at each of these traits and see what it can tell us about this mindset that can be so influential.

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