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What Authors Can Learn From the Dodgers’ Tommy Lasorda

Biff Barnes

I played for Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda in 1968 when he was still managing the Dodgers’ Pioneer League team in Ogden, Utah. Tommy would walk through the clubhouse calling out to players, “You gotta believe! Do you believe!” The players responded, “I believe, Skipper.”

Image courtesy of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame

Sound silly? Tom’s teams won three championships during his three years at Ogden. When he move to the Big Leagues in Los Angeles his teams won two World Series championships in (1981 and 1988), four National League pennants and eight division titles in his 20-year career as the Dodgers manager. One of the keys was that his players believed in themselves.

To write well an author must believe in himself. Yet for many writers there’s a nagging doubt when they sit down to write.

Here are four articles that will help you dispel doubts and confidently repeat, “I believe!” every time you start typing.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author? on Jane Friedman’s Blog

A wonderful flowchart showing the path the writing success. Every writer should have it on her wall.

The Monster That Lives in Every Writer’s Heart on The Write Practice

Tips on how simple ways to overcome your fear that you don’t have what it takes to be the writer you want to be.

Overcome Your Book Doubts By Asking Why on Writers Helping Writers

Specific actions to vanquish doubts about the way you are telling your book’s story.

Self-Publishing Authors: Did You Fail? Awesome! on The Book Designer

Author Frances Caballo explains that, “Failure always brings us to new beginnings.” She gives some specific steps to set you on that new road to success.


After you check out these posts remember to be a successful writer, “You gotta believe!”