“You are a Writer” is Not JUST for Writers!

26 Apr

The new economy of leadership and professional growth is to give it away. Whatever it is, you will actually become more successful, grow more professionally, and reach your greatest potential by generously giving it away…

Sounds crazy, right?

In his new book, “You are a Writer,” Jeff Goins demonstrates how this new economy is shaping his own personal and professional success, and how it can do the same for you.

Goins spent years working to become an “overnight” success. His vocation is writing, and in the last year, he has become one of the central voices in the blogosphere for how to develop a platform and become a successful writer.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to become an Amway salesman or buy a timeshare in the Poconos to learn these techniques. By reading this short, yet information packed book, you will have already grown. And if you put a little bit of elbow grease into it, you, too, can realize more success and reach more people in ways that you might never have imagined.

We live in a world where we can share our thoughts with anyone at any time and at any place in the world. And no matter what your interest or passion is, there is somebody (or a group of somebodies) somewhere around the globe who share your interest. They are a tribe, and most tribes are looking for a leader. This book will help you finds that tribe and become a leader.

The great thing about his new book is that the ideas contained within are not limited solely to writing…they can be applied to any area of your life in which you are seeking to succeed. Admittedly, the second half of the book, in which he outlines examples of letters to publishers and so forth, is much more geared to helping writers get published, but this is still a book that I encourage anyone to read if they are looking for a way to develop a platform and reach others.

The three central chapters of the book can be applied to most any avocation. Whether you are a writer, a carpenter, a teacher, or a salesman, you will find these chapters useful in your pursuit of professional and personal satisfaction.

They are:

  • Building a platform
  • Establishing a brand
  • Channels of connection

Each of these chapters supplies simple, common sense steps to assist you in your effirts to connect with others and become a respected voice in your area of passion.

This is a short book, so it is easy to read in one sitting. However, I have found myself going back through it frequently to pull out some of the finer points and shape them for use in my own writing.

I often find myself struggling to finish a blog, because it doesn’t seem like it’s good enough to publish. Recently, Jeff posted a blog titled “One Sure Sign You’re a Professional.” In it, he made one of the most affirming statements I have ever read, and it has encouraged me as a writer. He said:

“Art is not perfect; it never was supposed to be. Art is what happens when you extract something true and good from the mess of life.”

Whether you are that writer, carpenter, teacher, or salesman, what you create is art. It will not be perfect. But it CAN be good. And this book can help you to refine your art.


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