03/18/2013 07:56 am ET Updated May 18, 2013

Day 18: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 18 of 31 Days

"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same." -- Audrey Hepburn (actress, 1929-93)

While I was an aspiring writer I believed that being a successful writer would change my life. Of course, I'd be much happier, I just knew it. I believed this all the years I was writing, right up until the day my first book was published. I'd planned a launch party to celebrate and it went spectacularly well. A few hundred people came, every friend I'd ever known, the book sold out and I was showered with love and praise. My cheeks hurt from smiling and saying "thank you." And at the end of the night, when all the cake had been eaten and everyone had gone home, I realized I'd been wrong all those years. I was exactly the same as before, I hadn't changed at all.

Success isn't going to save you. The way you feel now is the same way you'll feel then. This often comes as a shock, I think, especially when someone has been struggling to achieve something for so long. So the sooner you believe this, the better. Then you can just enjoy any success for what it really is -- the icing on the cake.

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