A book of 1,000 pages starts with the first chapter
Last September I attended Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy immersion workshop in Santa Clara, California. A couple of months later, I turned 40 and promised myself that this would be my best year ever.
Before the end of last December, I locked myself away and wrote my very first book.
From January to March, I rewrote the entire thing from scratch and launched it as an ebook in April. Less than a week later, it was an Amazon No. 1 international bestseller in eight countries.
This summer, I rewrote it again — this time for print. I added more chapters, a new foreword and an offer for a brand new immersion program of my own. Almost exactly one year after Experts Academy, my final manuscript was shipped to my house as a real paperback book.
Here’s some full disclosure: The point of the story is that this year was filled with tremendous anxiety, overwhelming uncertainty and tangible distractions that, in fact, (at least temporarily) impeded my business’ success.
Yes, I published a book — but along the way, I was tormented by a sea of New York Times No. 1 bestselling authors with celebrity reputations and countless books already sold on my subject matter. With more than 500,000 new authors publishing every month and nearly 13 million titles on Amazon, bringing something new to the world became a struggle to maintain perspective, gratitude, humility and perseverance — in spite of colossal self-doubt.
I published a book because Brendon Burchard said it would be a good idea. He said people wouldn’t consider me an authority on my area of expertise until I became an author. He explained that publishing a book would help build my business.
So I did. It wasn’t easy.
I found the world of publishing to be confusing, exhausting, cumbersome and alarmingly expensive. But I was determined to finish what I started because, no matter what, I wanted to create something that would become part of who I am as a human being, and part of my legacy as a father. No matter how terrifying it was; no matter how many times I stayed up all night; no matter how good or bad it is; or how well people like it — in my heart, I know I’m a little further along than I was when I started.
It’s easy to be intimidated, but how does that serve me in becoming the person I seek to become? We forget that everyone started somewhere, and that those we look up to are, in fact, inspired by those who came before them. We must start our journey. No matter how daunting the climb, we must put one foot in front of another and begin. No matter where we happen to be standing today, in order to move forward, we must take those first few uncertain steps toward tomorrow.
As an aspiring entrepreneur, I am stepping into an unknown future that requires real risk, real skin in the game, real opportunities to fail — and to learn and grow along the way. I’ve made the leap, and I’m building my metaphorical parachute on the way down. I’ve been learning as I go and second-guessing myself, my process and my willingness to emerge into the next chapter of the life I seek. Life is tricky. Answers don’t always come easily.
In spite of self-doubt and feeling unprepared, naïve, horrifically underqualified, inexperienced and painfully cautious — I am filled with gratitude as I step into an unknown future, filled with new and unexpected opportunities to expand my consciousness and grow with humility and purpose.
I have so much to be grateful for. I truly understand how fragile life is — how temporary the human condition. This is just a little transparency from me to you. Please know that your struggles are shared and understood by those also swimming in deep and often turbulent waters. Tomorrow is another day, another chance to wake up and be awesome.
Evan Zislis is founder and principal consultant of http://www.MyIntentionalSolutions.com, delivering hands-on organizational solutions and strategies consulting for households, businesses, students, and life transitions. His bestselling book, “ClutterFree Revolution: Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World,” is available on Amazon. For more information about simplifying your stuff and organizing your life, LIKE ClutterFree Revolution on Facebook, call 970-366-2532, or email Evan@MyIntentionalSolutions.com.
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