The daughter of a friend left them with no warning, leaving behind three children, some complicated relationships, and an empty hole.
I know the young woman, some, and I’m sure she told herself that she was such a failure that no one would miss her.
She didn’t want to work on the problems because it was hard, because she was afraid, because it seemed like it didn’t matter very much.
It wasn’t true. Her family didn’t want her gone, they wanted her better.
It’s a long, sad story that you’ve probably heard before, but there’s a lesson in it even for us who don’t take such dramatic departures.
It’s easy to not show up, not make your legacy, because it’s hard, because it’s scary, and because it seems like it doesn’t matter very much.
I make the same decision at times. I don’t speak up, because I think “I’m not ready,” because I’m afraid of failure, because I think no one will listen.
The key is to ask what are the true and deep benefits of sharing your word in the world?
- You fulfill your potential.
- You establish your authority.
- You connect with the people who need you.
If your knowledge, experience, or expertise will benefit people, don’t you owe it to them to tell them about it?
One way to do that is by writing a book.
- The process of creating a book confirms and establishes your knowledge.
- Being a published author proves you’re an authority on the subject.
- A book is lasting conversation that attracts clients to work with you.
I know that the idea of writing a book can seem intimidating, but here’s the thing. You don’t have to go it alone. You can find help and encouragement.
Writing doesn’t have to be hard. There are ways of offloading the tasks that take technical know-how, leaving you with the simple task of sharing your voice.
Your people are waiting for you.
Call me, 503-807-4611 for a free half-hour conversation to see if writing a book is something you need to do and what is the best way to do it.