When people used to ask me how I became a full-time writer, I struggled to give an intelligent answer. How do you chase a dream? It’s complicated.
When it’s your turn, the most important thing you can do is realize it’s your turn. Marketers have led us to believe we need to wait to be picked or wait to be approved of and that’s simply not true.
A couple years ago, I left the country. With 19 other people, I spent five days traveling through Guatemala, serving local NGOs that were improving the lives of those living in poverty.
Halfway through the trip, I looked around in awe. We 20 strangers gathered together for a purpose bigger than ourselves to do work that wasn’t about us, leaving each person changed through the process, including me.
How did all this happen? One word: Platform.
When I wrote my latest book, I did it all wrong. It was all my ideas and experience and when the thing was finished, I didn’t like it very much.
The first draft of the book was all about me. And I hated that, because the book was supposed to be about finding your calling and neglected the most important part of the process: community.
The best way to get someone’s attention is through generosity. If you have a message to share with the world and no one’s listening, the best thing you could do is give some of it away for free but that is not without challenges.