Three Words That Changed Her Life

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For Debbie, High School was never easy. She was dyslexic, so reading and writing was an unusual hardship.  She failed to obtain a college scholarship, and since her parents were poor immigrants, she was unable to go any further with her academics.

Instead, Debbie got married young and became a stay-at-home mother. Secretly, she longed to be a romance novelist, but the difficulties of writing and her duties of motherhood made it seem like an unreachable dream.

Then Debbie’s world changed when her much loved cousin David became stricken with leukemia. Zig Ziglar describes what happened in his book Better Than Good: Creating a Life You Can’t Wait to Live:

Though she didn’t realize it at the time, a defining moment had occurred before David’s death when she went to see him at the cancer center where he was receiving treatment. As a dyslexic, she had difficulty reading the directional signs and finding her way into the hospital. After wandering around in frustration for a while, she stopped a doctor and asked him for directions. His answer changed her life. He said,”Go all the way down this corridor and take the first right. Then walk through the doors marked ‘ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE.’”

Debbie says now that she has spent the rest of her life walking through closed doors – because she discovered that day she could.

From that experience, she decided to pursue her dream of penning romance novels. With the blessing of her husband, she began honing her craft while her children were away at school.

Debbie recounts her experiences:

“Rejections came so fast, she said, “I [felt] that sometimes they’d hit me in the back of the head on the way back from mailing off another proposal at the post office.” Her list of rejections was impressive, but after five long years she finally got her first book published.

Debbie Macomber is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author who has more than 130 million books in print worldwide. She is the first-ever recipient of the “readers’ choice” Quill Award for Romance Fiction and numerous other prestigious awards.

Now ask yourself: What closed doors could you be walking through?

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