The Lean Years

When I  began my writing career, I sold my house. I lived the life of a monk and a traveler. A monk because I deprived myself of many earthly pleasures while pursuing my business. A traveler because i would explore further, i would not give up, no matter how hard it got. I did everything myself, because I couldn’t afford to pay anyone. It was a tremendous learning experience. The lack of money made me inspired enough to do the legwork necessary to make it. I paid my dues and it paid off.

The lesson I learned is that lack of money makes you hungry and a lack of resources makes you more creative.  I invited many interesting people i was curious about and wanted to work with. I wrote ten pages a day. And it paid off. The point is you have to believe in yourself. Hang in there and things will turn around. Stay positive and work hard. Have a goal and hang on to it, knowing that you will come out the other side stronger and better for the struggle. You’re making an investment in yourself and your future.

About Peter de Kuster

Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project,  a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lives and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.


Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing,  MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences