One of my favorite authors and speakers, Brian Tracy, spent his younger years on a tram freighter traveling the world, working odd and small jobs before his career in sales began to take off. He spent years broke, unsuccessful and lacked focus and direction. Frustrated, he began to ask for advice from successful people. He goes on to tell that after implementing the principles of success, his life changed dramatically. He has now authored dozens of best selling books with total sales in the millions. He has been a public speaker, sales trainer and motivational guru for decades. His clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, businesses and organizations all over the world. I figure if he could do, so can I!
You have to start somewhere. Today is a great day to begin something! When I sat down in 2015 with Brian Tracy's book "Eat that Frog" I didn't know how it would impact me. I must have read that book twenty times. I listened to the audio book in my vehicle, while I was cleaning, lifting weights and while taking walks. I listened and then I tried to follow the steps to become more successful. I will admit that I started off like a firecracker! Everyday I was writing down my goals, making lists of things I needed or wanted to accomplish. I was, as they say, kicking butt and taking names later.
2015 brought so many challenges that I allowed myself to get distracted. I stopped following my daily routine and found myself feeling sad and defeated, again. Thankfully, I was able to pick myself back up and get re-focused and re-energized. I completed my first book and began work on several others.
2016 has been very busy and it's only January. Every day I log on to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or some social media site to post about my book. I email, I send messages and try to contact a few places to build momentum for my book release and upcoming projects. Being an author, has now become a full time job itself. I don't have a fancy PR firm in New York handling me. I don't have a multi-million dollar book deal. It's just me. I write them, I format them, I hire the illustrator, I edit them, I publish them, I promote them. It's an uphill battle. It's like the turtle running a marathon. It's grassroots marketing and I love it. I really do. I enjoy talking to people and kids about the book and I'm looking forward to building my audience. It takes time, I know that. My hope is that in five to seven years, I will be able to look back and laugh when people start calling me the "overnight success" or the "overnight sensation" as an author and entrepreneur. Time will tell.
Speaking of goals! Now that my book is out, I wanted to be a part of an event at my hometown library! Goal reached! I have booked a book reading and signing appearance for April 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Galesburg Public Library in Galesburg, Illinois. I'll be in the children's room reading my first book "You can not lick your elbow"! Copies will be on sale for just $9.99 and I will be more than happy to autograph copies for all who attend!
Back to writing and back to the marathon of building success! Just remember, even at a turtle's pace, you will someday finish the race!
Dream big, dream often. Then do everything you can to make those dreams come true.