Books have been known to inspire, motivate, encourage and change the lives many individuals. Entrepreneurs Strut their stuff gleaning pages of business books to find success strategies. Careerist search to find the secrets to a better job/life. Children Gingerly fantasize of fairy tales, lovers dream, and some gravitate to the scares of horror, action or adventure.
We dare not forget books that have spiraled into movies that entertain readers and non-readers alike. Well known authors such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, and many more, spring to mind.
Curiosity sparked, one publisher asked writers to share the name of a book that has changed their lives. The responses came in droves. Here I share a few:
- Transparency of Evil
- You can heal your life
- The Secret life of the Bees
- Rich dad Poor Dad
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Four Agreements
- Unlimited Power
- The Bible
- Good to Great
- The Power of the Subconscious Mind
- I am That Girl
- Conversations with God
- Who Moved My Cheese
- What I know for sure
- The Grand Design
- Love Warrior
- Into the Wild
- Just Kids
- The Giver
- The Mastery of Love
- When The Enemy Strikes
- Code of Extraordinary Minds
- Life is Good
- Think Like a Man
- Atlas Shrugged
- On Writing
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Power of Now
- The Game of Life and How to Play it
- Excuses Begone
Do you share the sentiments of any of the books named by responding writers? Can you add any?
Don’t Waste Time Trying to Please People. -Stephen King.
Wanting to do their best work, new writers are naturally anxious. They ask questions. They probe. They sweat. It’s hoped they sweat while writing and not about how to start. Stephen King in his memoir titled “On Writing” stressed don’t waste time trying to please people. Indeed this is applicable in many situations as individuals attempt to develop their own Identity.
In a public authors forum, the question was asked “What does it take to be a good writer?” Writers chimed in. Here I share a few of their responses.
- Read a lot. Write, write a lot
- Patience and Perseverance
- Finding the connection between your soul and your writing hand. It will require a number of disciplines like grammar, voice, tense and genre. But the key is opening your spirit to the process. Make your writing not a craft, but an empowered purpose in your life.
- An empathetic love of both stories and storytelling
- To keep writing
- Write something. Publish it. Learn from mistakes. Grow
- A unique voice telling an untold story that everyone wants to hear
- Passion, and drive, as well as supportive people in your life
- Persistence, then creativity, then literacy, finally intelligence
- Vision, creativity, persistence, stubbornness, patience, a thick skin
- Natural ability
- Practice, practice, practice, and more practice
- Honesty, passion, and courage
- A moment alone. A moment alone is where it starts
- Willingness to receive critical feedback
- Time, focus, imagination
- Personal passion, self-confidence, resilience to get it done, and never give up
- A good editor
- Life experiences and a love for it. Put your heart and soul in it
- The ‘write’ attitude
- Learn, then learn more. Accept first that you always need to grow
- Finish even when you hate it. Even when you don’t want to. Even when you’re uninspired.
Rather Interesting thoughts from authors. Can you add any? Is there any that you would omit? Do share.
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The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by. – Alek Wek
I love challenges. I set goals, and do everything to accomplish them. Then when I do, I move on to the next goal. As the head of Head of Human Resources for many years, I relentlessly celebrated the achievement of others on the job, but I never stopped to celebrate my own personal achievements. In recent years I came to value the importance of celebrating life’s triumphs. I guess it comes with maturity. There is something gratifying to it. Besides, it leaves a lasting legacy on those close to me.
Oh how to celebrate? The question was asked and many Bravely Expressed and jumped in. But I found Sarah Starrs list of ways to celebrate insightful. Here I share my top favs!
13 Ideas To Celebrate Achievements:
- Make a booking at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to eat at.
- Invite all of your friends over for a pot luck and before you sit down to eat, go around and ask everyone to brag about something (big or small) that they’ve achieved recently.
- Spend an entire day doing whatever you find most relaxing.
- Dance! Honouring our emotions through movement is powerful.
- Write a list of everything you learned from this experience.
- Start success journal.
- Spread the love: offer to help someone who is chasing a similar dream.
- Write a blog post outlining how you achieved your goal.
- Take a selfie to memorialize the big moment. Share on Instagram
- Get dressed up… just because.
- Have a staycation and spend some time exploring and enjoying all that your city has to offer.
- Write a letter of gratitude to someone who helped you get there.
- Take a few long, deep breaths and ask yourself: what does celebrating look and feel like to you?
Need help setting Goals? A mentor or coach can help. You’d be wise to get started and not forget to celebrate small and big wins.
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Scared as heck!
Hear this all the time….”Get yourself Out there! Get known! Let others see you! Let them get to know you!” But we are as scared as heck! What if we fail? What if people mock? What if we don’t say the right things on the business proposal, or the employment application? What if we do get the call but unable to give the right responses during the interview exchange? It would certainly be a Mighty fall!
Build Your Personal Brand!
If this resonates with you, here is J. Duncan’s 4 step checklist to help build your brand:
- Contact 10 new people by email, direct message, or phone, and introduce yourself.
- Do the Same with 10 old friends, colleagues, a person you admire to simply reconnect over coffee, or lunch meeting.
- Attend Tradeshow, Conference, or events at least once per month to build your brand, and create new network
- Learn Something New everyday…very important
Getting yourself out there to expand your network is no easy feat. But it’s well worth the effort. It’s a surefire Goal-Setting initiative that will certainly bring you positive result. A mentor or coach can assist.
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