In the late 1980s, with a busy day job as a lawyer and a couple of young kids at home, John Grisham started to write his first novel. Every day, for the next three years, Grisham woke up at 5 a.m. to write a page of what would eventually become the bestselling novel, A Time to Kill, which was initially rejected by 40 different publishers.

Now, with 40 novels and more than 300 million copies of his books in print, Grisham still sticks to his daily writing regimen. "Write a page every day," he advises at the top of a list of eight writing tips that was published in The New York Times recently. "That's about 200 words, or 1,000 words a week. Do that for two years, and you'll have a novel that's long enough. Nothing will happen until you are producing at least one page per day." Since completing A Time to Kill, Grisham has written one novel a year.

The lesson for small business owners is clear: If you want to turn your passion into a full-time career, work at making it happen every single day. And don't give up.

Published on: Aug 5, 2017