“I Would Make Something Happen” – Louis L’Amour

One of our prolific American writers from the Midwest, Louis L’Amour wrote about the rugged wilderness of the west in the 1900s.  He spoke of our pioneering spirit, the need to create our future, and the adventure of it all. And so he has good advice for any entrepreneur:

“I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.”

Louis L’Amour was an American author. He is best known for his Western fiction novels, though he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short-story collections.  He was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore on March 22, 1908, the last of seven children.  He grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, a medium-sized farming community.  As he grew older, he traveled throughout the United States and abroad, in various positions including as a mine assessment worker, a professional boxer and a merchant seaman.

In the 1930s, Louis and his family settled in Oklahoma, and Louis turned his focus to writing.  He began to have success with short stories in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, beginning to sell novels in the 1950s.  Louis also served in the United States Army during World War II.  Louis ultimately wrote 89 novels and more than 250 short stories.


2 thoughts on ““I Would Make Something Happen” – Louis L’Amour

  1. David McGowan

    In addition, L’Amour was very successful financially despite what critics wrote of his work. He was condemed for being “too simplistic”, for “not writing litirature”, for “being a meer story-teller” and whatever else they could come up with.
    However, in the 30 years when he was most prolific his novels sold more than 186 million copies. Since his death that number is well up over 225 million.
    He went out and DID it.
    I wouldn’t mind it if my novels sold at around 20% of that level.


    1. Pamela Hawley Post author

      Dear Dave, thank you for appreciating the work of Louis L’Amour, and also shedding some light on other views about his work. Isn’t it interesting how others have differing vantage points about what success is? And many leaders face a lot of opposition and criticism, yet persevere and provide legacy, such as L’Amour.

      Any other readers have insights about L’Amour or leadership?

      Sincerely, Pamela



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