I've got lots of books to give away, so please keep reading in the coming weeks for other opportunities.
Speaking of winning books, earlier this year I won a book on Michael Hyatt's blog titled "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable." The author is Seth Godin, and I happen to think he's one of our generation's most brilliant thinkers. Basically, the book is about setting yourself apart in your chosen field ... but it's more than that. It's really about making a difference in a society where following the traditional systems doesn't work.
Godin asserts that too many of us have been trained to wait for direction from someone else. We are afraid to share an idea that might appear stupid or try something that might fail. Instead, we let fear dominate and keep our potentially brilliant ideas to ourselves. After all, it's safer to stay in a rut, where no one can tell us why our ideas won't work.
But what a boring waste of your God-given talent. I see women all the time who have a dream in their hearts they nurture and protect by never letting it out. And when they do, it's just for a moment, before it's safely tucked away where no one can label it "impossible."
Then there are those women who have dared to pursue a dream, only to face one obstacle after another. What brave women those are, and they always earn my applause! I see this repeatedly in publishing. Writing a book is a heartbreaking dream to have, because to do it in the traditional way depends on many other people's agreement.
Just yesterday I read a quote in the chapter titled "There is no Map" that spoke to me. Godin says:
"The challenge is in understanding when our effort can't possibly be enough, and in choosing projects and opportunities that are most likely to reward the passion we bring to a situation."As I read this I thought of my publishing journey. All my life I've loved to write, I got a degree in writing and have written professionally my entire career. It seemed natural to write a book with all that writing experience. And yet, the reality is that there's more to writing a book than just writing. Authoring a book requires three equal parts: 1) fresh & relevant ideas 2) excellent writing and 3) promotional savvy. In today's publishing world, the author actually has more responsibility to sell the book than ever before.
Some of my friends are inspiring, marketing-savvy and strong writers. They've got what it takes to be a success as an author. But what about those people who might have two of those three elements? What is there for them?
That's where Godin's quote opened my eyes. Maybe for some authors, the effort it takes to market a book is too much given their personality or current situation. Maybe, given the author's topic, no amount of effort will ever be enough to catch the interest of an acquisition editor. And maybe, that author's passion would be better directed to another avenue than traditional publishing. After all, that's certainly not the only writing of value, but the dream is hard to release. Is there fear that in releasing the dream, there will be nothing left?
I wonder if some women are holding on to an old dream - not just of writing a book. Perhaps, given today's culture and climate, the fulfillment of that dream wouldn't have the same result as 10 years ago. But the dream is still closely held. And, in the holding of that dream for so long, the passion is diminished or even extinguished.
Today I'd like to challenge you to consider if your passion and talents would be better directed to a different project, dream or opportunity. Are you holding on to an old dream that, in reality, wouldn't be the same if you achieved it now? Sometimes we have to let go completely of an old dream, in order for God to replace it with a new, custom-designed dream.
Hopefully these thoughts aren't too deep for your Monday. But it's what's been weighing heavy on my mind since I read that quote. Really, it's prompting me to think about what I really love about writing, and if I've truly pursued that which is the most effective use of my talents.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you ever held on to an old dream for too long, and missed out on other opportunities? Or fulfilled a dream only to realize it didn't really satisfy, or use your talents in the way you thought it would? I'd love to hear your comments.
In His Love,