“I want to write a book, but I don’t think I’m successful enough.”
Have you thought that? I get it … when I wrote my first book to help real estate investors, I wondered the same thing.
My husband and I had been investing for ten years, but we were far from driving Lamborghini’s and vacationing on yachts. We knew several folks who had done more than 100 deals. Two of our friends in Florida had done more than 300 deals!
Who were we to write a real estate book? When I started writing, I think we’d done 30 deals, and many of them were problem properties, not profit centers. I didn’t have all the answers, but I did have a perspective that wasn’t being shared that openly in the industry. And, I had the desire to share that perspective to help others.
The success of my book (it hit #1 Overall on Amazon as a print book!), proves it’s not about being the best or having the biggest numbers.
In fact, you might be MUCH better suited to write a book than the person who is THE BEST or THE BIGGEST.
Here’s why … Who would be best to learn from, someone who is a few miles ahead on the road you’re on, or someone like Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, or Richard Branson?
It’s fun to read about their journey, but it’s almost impossible to picture yourself doing what they have done. Most people would rather learn from someone who has unique insights and a different approach to teaching them EXACTLY what they need to know to move forward from where they are today.
So, look at it this way instead:
Someone is going to become famous doing what you do … why not you?
Kick those doubts to the curb by taking action. Start writing your book now. Determine the goal of writing a book and set to work on creating an outline. And the most important thing you can do is BE the person who would write the book you want to write.
Who You Be Comes First not WHAT YOU DO!
If you think you have to do SOMETHING BIG before you write your book, let me share something that changed my approach when I quit my job to start my first business.
This idea originated from Zig Ziglar:
‘Be, Do, Have’
It’s the reverse to how most of us approach life. Most of us approach our goals with the idea that if we have x, we will do y and be z. For example, I thought: when I have an MBA, I can do a job where I make six figures, and then I will be successful, have freedom and feel financially secure.
It doesn’t work that way. In fact, that line of thinking often takes you in the entirely wrong direction – or at least that is what happened to me.
So many people think they need to have the perfect story for a book. Then they can write a book, and become the known expert.
You DO need to have material for your book, sure. But, if you’re waiting to have something before you do something so you can be someone, it’s never going to happen.
Figure out who you want to ‘be’ first.
Keith Cunningham business mentor explained it this way: “who you be dictates what you do, and what you do dictates what you’ll have.”
I think it’s about connecting to who you are and letting yourself be that person. That will dictate what you do, and what you have.
Consider carefully who you are. That’s where you begin when you set out to write a book, explode your career and become famous for what you do.
And of course, you don’t know all the answers. Very few authors will when they set out to write ANY book. That’s part of the amazing benefit of writing a book. You add to your expertise and your network.
So … If you don’t have all the answers, who can you interview to help you get the answers?
What research can you add to the book to support your experience?
What stories can you find to illustrate the message you want to share?
BE your fabulous self, DO the work to fill in any gaps you may have and showcase the expertise that will help your ideal reader. Then, you will HAVE massive book writing success.
And if you need help – that’s what we do! Let’s chat about your book idea and how we can help you write, publish, and launch your book this year!