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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ABCs of being an Author/ Entrepreneur

I was inspired to create my version of the ABC's after reading Megan's blog account of what was stressed at the Business of Baseball Workshop http://meganogulnick.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/pbeo-business-of-baseball-workshop-part-2/. Check out her link and you'll see that mine and hers are very similar with a few adjustments made for the book business (Its too bad that she has ended her blog recently).

-A is for attitude.
-B is for book business.
-C is for crying: There’s no crying in book selling!; Also, Creativity.
-D is for diginity: Leave it at the door! Because there's rejection in selling.
-E is for effort: Show up ready to work!
-F is for focus.
-G is for great service; generousity; gratitude.
-H is for hours: Be prepared to work A LOT of hours!
-I is for intense.
-J is for just do it!
-K is for Kool-Aid: Just drink it!
-L is for loyalty.
-M is for mailing address.
-N is for never comment on the weather or not getting enough sales.
-O is for overtime.
-P is for passion.
-Q is for quitters --most unoptimistic people are quitters.
-R is for rain.
-S is for sales, selling the brand, selling you.
-T is for taxi.
-U is for utility.
-V is for vacation.
-W is for wallet.
-X is for x-cellence.
-Y is for YouTube.
-Z is for zealous.


Also remember this when you chasing your dreams, pitching your ideas, pitching your products, pursuing sales, etc.:

“I do not expect success all the time, but due to the belief in my gifts and God given abilities in addition to my knowledge and acquired skills; I can be fearless in the moment. In reality, self-worth has nothing to do with the outcome. So when the pressure comes, I cannot hesitate. Knowing sometimes I will do well and sometimes I won’t, regardless, I know failure is temporary and success will happen with perseverance.”

There's a lot of things that I can't control in life (women, weather, circumstances, making sales, etc.), but if I focus on what I can control then I'll be successful. Things I can control as an Author/Entrepreneur:

1) The number of hours per day that I dedicate to talking to new people about my book
2) The number of people that I talk to about my book
3) My effort
4) My appearance
5) My being organized

If I do those five things, good things will happen despite slow sales periods, rude people, pessimists, and bad weather.