Yesterday, we honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Coupled with moral courage was his capacity to love people. He had love and concern for all kinds of people. He lived his dream to bring equality and justice for all but what about you?
Are you living your dream?
Going after your dreams can be scary because we all dream big. Our dreams require so much from us and stretch us outside of our comfort zone. Not everyone will see your vision or believe in what you do, but keep going.
Today, I want to say a prayer for you and your dream.
I thank you for the person reading this prayer. I declare boldness and unconventional favor over their life. I declare that you give them vision to see beyond their limitations, strength not to waver in their faith, discernment over people and things that are detrimental to them and wisdom to be able to use their gifts to bring their dream to life and glorify you in the process. I thank you God that you will speak to him/her and they will know your voice. I thank you God that the windows and doors of opportunity are open and there is no lack in their life. Everything that they touch shall prosper.
I pray that you're bringing every piece of the puzzle together God that they may know that everything that they've gone through was for a purpose. Nothing was in vain. I pray that they are clear of their purpose and that they will draw unto them people who will help birth their vision and dreams. I thank you, God for all that you are doing in their life and I stand in agreement according to your will.
In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.
I pray that this prayer helped you. If you know someone that could use this prayer please share.
Here are six pointers that I would tell any aspiring writer;
Many blessings and much success in your writing journey.
First off, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Becoming a published author is a major accomplishment so pat yourself on the back for that. So many dream of being where you are. Now, that the easy work is done (yes, I said easy), here comes for the hard part. I don’t want to scare because it may not be that hard for you but there is work after all the other work you just finished!
If you haven’t already began marketing your book, then you have some work to do. You wrote an awesome book, but no one will know if you aren’t marketing and promoting your book. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote your book and yourself as an expert in the subject matter you wrote. People won’t know if you don’t tell them.
You don’t have to feel like a cheap salesperson either. Just let people know the benefits of reading your book and how it can improve their life. Make sure when you’re posting to social media that you provide a link to purchase. Make it easy for people to purchase your book.
This is a great way to get the word out about your book and position yourself as an expert. Have business cards ready (or even a book mark with your contact information) when out at events. Even bring a book or two. Depending on the function you may want to provide a copy to the organizer and possible pitch yourself to come a speak to the group one day. If giving a physical copy is costly then, offer to send them a complimentary e-book. This is a great way to get their email and be able to follow up as well.
Create your own events
Events are a great way to meet readers face to face and grow a loyal fan base. Make the event is engaging. You want people to leave knowing more about you, the book and even with a few copies of your book (wink!).
Depending on your target market, create a hashtag for people to use at the event. A lot of people love taking pictures and selfies of themselves. Ask them that if they do take pictures at the event, to use a hashtag when they post on social media. This allows you to be able to locate the pictures quicker and to build awareness.
Book Speaking Engagements
Speaking at events are an great way to build your brand and awareness about your book. Make sure your introduction includes that you are an author. Throughout your speaking make sure you tie in or mention your book. Great speakers know how to sell from the stage!
Once again, congratulations on publishing your book! If you need any help schedule some time to talk to me at bit.ly/discoveryin30
The idea of writing a book is exciting and gets your blood pumping but when it comes time to put pen to paper, we can stare at a blank sheet for hours. I want to give you some tips on how to get started on writing your book.
1. Write regardless.
Even when nothing comes to mind, start writing. Write about your day, the person who inspired you the most, the person who pissed you off when they cut you off in traffic and almost made you spill your coffee. Just write. Sometimes when you begin writing about one thing, an idea for another comes. So just start.
As an author I enjoy good books. They even sometimes give me ideas to write. Read a book and see what ideas spark.
3. Chapter Brain Storming
For non-fiction writers, chapter brain storming is a good idea to get the juices flowing. Write down as many possible chapter titles. It doesn’t matter if you use the title or not. Once you come up with a chapter title, see if you can go into detail about the chapter. Write as much as you can without worrying about editing.
4. Thankful and Inspiration List
Sit down, relax and think about all the things you are thankful for or things that inspire you. Why are you thankful? What about ____ that inspires you. Use these things to remind you how more thankful and inspired you will be once you finish writing your book.
These are just some simple tips to help you get the juice flowing. Some other tips to help keep you consistent, is to try to write in a place with no distractions and preferably some place that inspires you. Try to keep a daily word count goal. For example, every day Monday through Friday your goal is to write 2,500 words. If its not words, the try to write a chapter a day.
The most important thing to remember is to just get started and finish. Don’t worry about misspelling words or not having everything grammatically correct. You can worry about that later.
I come across many aspiring authors who state that the reason why they haven’t published or even started writing their book is because they are afraid that others will not like their work. My response to that is “SO WHAT?” No one is perfect and even the perfect example of a human being we had (Jesus) wasn’t liked by all.
After I published my first book, I didn’t even promote it due to that very reason. I missed out on so many opportunities due to being afraid of what people think. So much time I wasted. However, I am glad that I did go through that because I know how you feel and I can help you.
People are always going to have their opinion whether you are right or wrong, so you might as well do what you love, which is write. Write and tell the world your story. There are so many people waiting to read your words. No one can tell it like you because it’s your story. It’s unique just like you.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to overcome fear, is to just do it afraid.
Stop holding on to fear and walk boldly into faith. You don't have to do this alone.
Moses had Aaron and you got me. Let me help you carry out your assignment of publishing your book.
Schedule some time to talk to me at bit.ly/discoveryin30.
You’re done with your job that bounds your creativity, want to start a business of your own to earn good money and even have an idea for what your product of sale will be. That sounds like a perfect plan that should be instantly implemented so the dollar bills can start flowing in.
Stop right there. You might just be on the path to failure. Starting up any business, let alone a product based business requires planning, investment and a whole lot of other things. If you’re thinking about setting out on the journey of a product based business, our guide will be all you need to ensure you’re on the right track.
Writing your own book is a great way of earning good money. It is a one time effort that can bring you profits for a long period of time. The problem is that this isn’t a piece of cake either. While writing the book is in itself a rather tedious job, getting it out there in the market to sell is not easy too. You need to get it published, market it and spread the word about your book. Let’s talk about publishing.
There are two main publishing procedures. One is the traditional publishing method in which you have an agent who gives you deadlines for submissions. Once you give them the content, they take it to a publisher who’ll go through the book, get it edited and then it gets published. The other method is self publishing. You write your book. Then you contact a freelance publisher and het your book out there.
The question is, why do we suggest self publishing when traditional publishing sounds more professional. Here are some reasons why we recommend doing it on your own.
Running a successful business is a lot easier if it’s done the right way. Even if it’s something like selling a service, it can become a successful, profitable business by following the right tips. The thing with service based businesses is that anyone can do it. So read on and find out how to start a fool proof service based business.
Offer what will help you grow.
The hardest thing about selling services is the constant struggle of finding clients. Since it is a service, it isn’t something the customer will add in their shopping list. Neither will there be assurance that the customer will reach back to you again even if they were satisfied with your service. This issue mostly rises for services that are one time. Although you can earn profits this way too, but there will be a lot of extra effort. Therefore, opt for a service that the clients will require often. This increases your chances of growth as a business. Convince existing clients to re-hire your services after certain periods of time. You can, as a result, hire permanent employees and have permanent clientele too.
Taking the risk of starting a business but getting an underwhelming outcome can be hugely demoralizing. However, it is important to realize that perseverance is the key quality to any successful business person. If you’ve reached a point in your entrepreneurial endeavor where you feel like giving up, here are a few rational questions to ask yourself.
Have you made any progress?
Progress is not measured in profit or revenue only. You can measure progress in terms of your users, churn and overall cost-efficiency. If you thought your project through, you might have set yourself a few business goals. Did you manage to get 100 new customers in the last 6 months, or 1000 new users? Have you actually reached any closer to your goals? The benchmarks you have set for your venture, and your success in reaching them, should give you a decent idea of your progress.
Starting a business from scratch is a total risk. Not only does it require a great deal of your time, it isn’t a guarantee if your startup will last or not. It’s always a good option to continue your regular job and work for the settlement of a side business all along. However, that comes with some risks of its own. For example, what if your boss spots you working for your business. Will he fire you?
Your first choice is to make sure there is no such company policy that may get you fired for working on your side business. Some companies have strict policies regarding this issue and may have given details about it during employee interviews. In case you weren’t given any such warnings, stay on the safe side and read through your contract. You may also reach out to any appropriate person in your firm who could give you related information.