Not advice for everyone, but advice for freelance writers. In reference to getting work, an editor and buddy of mine told me when I first started writing comics, "You can be better than everyone else, faster than everyone, or nicer than everyone else. No one can be all three, but if you can be any two of those, you'll never lack work." I always liked this because it admits that raw talent is not the end-all-be-all. And it reminds me of what Hemmingway said about his own writing: "I'm better than the guys that are faster than me and I'm faster than the guys that are better than me."