It was Alabama's 16th national championship - in the year 2016. Or, for those insisting on counting only the poll era championships, the 11th on January 11th. Coincidence? Hardly. The numbers thing is fascinating, but winning is expected. The #1 ingredient for all of our success is work. Hard work. Dedication to doing things the right way. All of the time. A lot of people are jealous of our accomplishments, but they either cannot, or do not put that kind of effort out, themselves. When I was a broadcast student, I had the privilege of meeting Keith Jackson. In the interview my roommate and I conducted with him, he repeatedly told us the way to the top of anything is W O R K.
Having played team sports, I now apply the same work ethic to my writing. There is no doubt in my mind this is an advantage for me. Everything is not going to work all of the time. There are going to be days when I feel like quitting. There is frustration. They happen to everyone. But, having an athlete's mentality helps me work through obstacles, keeping the goal sharply in focus. Repetitions. Editing. Doing things until they are correct. Yes, it takes time to produce great literature. But I don't want to write good books. I want to produce amazing stories.