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Focus on Your Dream: Anna’s Story

Focus On Your Dream: Anna's Story

This is an episode of my video blog where I share stories, tips, ideas, and quick interviews with guests centered around the ins and outs of writing and publishing. Please watch for the next episode to post and subscribe if you’d like to be notified of future episodes.

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​I was recently talking to a new friend, I’ll call her Anna. She’s a successful business woman in her late 60s. I’m always interested in how and why people choose their career path and I asked her how she came to her profession.

I expected an interesting and perhaps inspiring story of a young woman pursuing her dreams. Instead, I saw a shadow cross her face as in a subdued voice she confided that what she always wanted to do was be an author. To be a published writer of many books.

She told me that, as a young woman pursuing her goal of writing books, she found the field impossible to break into from the small town where she lived. No connections. No resources. This was pre Internet, so certainly none of the indie publishing options open to new writers today were available to her. Even her mentor in college encouraged her to choose a double major in business administration so that she would have a ‘fallback’ career option.

Anna looked up at me, eyes brimming with tears threatening to spill, and assured me that she enjoys her work and is proud to have helped many people over the years, yet she has deep regrets.

She considers herself to be a strong independent woman and cannot believe that she allowed others to talk her out of her dream. Even now, decades later, the regret and even bitterness was evident as she spoke.

Anna’s story reminded me of something my mother told me. When a person tells you not to do something, it’s because they are afraid you will do it, successfully, and better than they could.

We get to choose the path we take in life and it is always possible to change that path. I am so pleased and proud to say that, after more than 50 years, Anna has taken up the pen again. She is writing the first in her series of books.

Anna understands now that it’s important to be true to yourself and follow your dream.

You’ll never regret going after your dream. Will you regret not going? Will you be like Anna and wait 50 years? Or will you start today?

I’d be happy to help. That’s self evident. I have one final question for you today.

If not now, When? IF Not Now, When?

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Questions, I get questions…

Here's one I received recently from a friend I'll call Jim: "I’m a speaker and I want to increase my speaking opportunities. I’m told that writing a book can help me achieve this goal, but how?"

Jim, you’ve heard right. Whether you are a speaker, an entrepreneur, a coach, almost anyone in business, you can use a book to market your services.

Let’s think about how this might work. You go to an event where you are a speaker or presenting your services. You are, in that place and in that moment, the authority, the expert. And they want to take you home with them. Offering back of the room book sales ensures that they can take you home!

So Jim, do you have and are you using a full set of self-promotion tools in your shiny red toolbox? Without a book to tell your story, the answer is no, there’s a major tool you are missing.

It’s not rocket science. It’s a book. It’s your story to tell. You know it. No one knows it better.

If you don’t want to write it, you can tell it to someone who will. If you don’t want to learn how to edit and publish it, you can, for a reasonable investment, ask a professional to do it all for you. And if you want to write it and publish it yourself? That same professional support is available to guide you through the process.

So, Jim obviously I can’t fully answer your question in 2 minutes. I hope this gives you a direction and a desire to learn more. Here’s a thought, book 30 minutes with me. Together we’ll explore the options and come up with a plan to get your book written and published and available to help you grow your speaking career. And that offer is open to any of you watching, of course.

This is an episode of my video blog where I share stories, tips, ideas, and quick interviews with guests centered around the ins and outs of writing and publishing. Please watch for the next episode to post and subscribe if you’d like to be notified of future episodes.

NEWS FLASH! I’ll attending the next Business BreakThrough Mastery Boot Camp with Gary Barnes and would love to connect with you there!

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