A story from The Push. (Excerpted from The Success Principles, How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.)
When Debbie Macomber decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, she rented a typewriter, put it on the kitchen table, and began typing each morning before the kids went to school. When the kids came home, she moved the typewriter and made them dinner. When they went to bed, she moved it back and typed some more. For two ฝ years, Debbie followed this routine. Supermom had become a struggling writer and she was loving every minute of it.
One night, however, her husband, Wayne, sat her down and said, "Honey, I'm sorry, but you're not bringing in any income. We can't do this anymore. We can't survive on just what I make."
That night, her heart broken and her mind too busy to let her sleep, she stared at the ceiling in their darkened bedroom. Debbie knew-with all of the responsibilities of keeping up a house and taking four kids to sports, church, and scouts-that working 40 hours a week would leave her no time to write.
Seeing her despair, her husband woke up and asked, "What's wrong?"
"I really think I could've made it as a writer, I really do."
Wayne was silent for a long time, then sat up, turned on the light, and said, "All right, honey, go for it."
So Debbie returned to her dream and her typewriter on the kitchen table, pounding out page after page for another two years. Her family went without vacations, pinched pennies, and wore hand-me-downs.
But the sacrifice and the persistence finally paid off. After five years of struggling, Debbie sold her first book. Then another. And another. Until finally, today, Debbie has published more than 100 books, many of which have become New York Times best-sellers and three of which have been sold for movies. Over 60 million copies of her books are in print, and she has millions of loyal fans.
And Wayne? All that sacrifice in support of his wife paid off handsomely. He got to retire at age 50 and now spends his time building an airplane in the basement of their 7,000 square-foot mansion.
Debbie's kids got a gift far more important than a few summer camps. As adults, they realize what Debbie gave them was far more important-permission and encouragement to pursue their own dreams.