Updated: May 15
It’s a big commitment to decide to write a book, so why do it? Unless you understand your why you will never invest in the time and financial commitment. We do not think twice about this when we invest in our website or blog writing, but a book is a whole different story – that is if it is a purpose driven story! Here is my example of why I help people write and publish books.
I grew up in the UK and had a happy childhood with my two sisters. At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis and whisked away for a major operation to break my back and “put it back in line”. I had no idea what it would involve to have my back broken to make it straight and I never asked what would be involved or how long the recovery would be, or what the risks would be. You never questioned the people in authority in the UK – your parents, the government, the Doctors – they knew what was best for you. I had no voice.
I kept working hard and was awarded the Business and Technical council Business and Marketing Honours graduate of the year, presented to me at Buckingham Palace. I had passed with honours, despite a year off. I bought this ethic into my career in product development, and by the age of 32 I was at the top of ladder, traveling business class to Asia, driving a Mercedes and living in a Victorian Mansion that overlooked the golf course. I “should” have been happy, but I was deeply unhappy and wondered “Is this it”?
I had an epiphany that same year when travelling to Cebu in the Philippines for business, that I had a deep disconnect with “real” people and culture, my life was someone else’s version of success, I never really considered what was MY purpose in life? I decided to leave my husband, my career, my country and the life I knew, to travel the world and find out why I was here!
I traveled the world for seven years, mostly on a sailboat, learning about the world and who I was in the world. My life was fascinating, traveling from South Africa to Kenya, across the Indian Ocean, living on a desert island for 3 months, running a yacht charter business in Thailand and Malaysia and backpacking alone in Laos and Cambodia. By the time I had “circumnavigated” I had met my husband and settled in Vancouver B.C. Canada – because it was the most beautiful place in the world. It was time to write my story in a book and dig a bit deeper to figure out how all these experiences led to my purpose – the reason I set out in the first place!
So many people come to this place when they have a deep desire to write a book and share their story. The challenge is understanding “what does my story mean?” How do I dig out the clues of the events of my life to draw out the meaning and discover my life purpose? In the process of writing my book, I held on to that vision of the end goal and started to draw on my creative skills I used to bring products to market – after all, wasn’t a book a product?
The process I used is how I deal with complex projects to bring order to the chaos. As I started to develop this process, to organize my life story, I realized I was creating a system I could share with other people, struggling with “How” to write a book! I had attended many of the “write your book in 30 days” training, and always came away feeling inspired and motivated but still with no answers, no “HOW”.
The process is unique because I started with the end goal and worked back, creating a chapter plan and organizing the content chapter by chapter. I found a way to transform and transgress through the story to connect on a deeper level how my experiences could help other people. I realized a good book is one that has a purpose driven story! As I developed this process, I created the “InspireABook” system and started to teach it to other people. The results were amazing, I could help people connect their story to their purpose and how they could then use that to impact and help other people! Now, ten years later, I’ve inspired almost a thousand people to get their story out and organized into chapters and a writing plan. The next logical step was to help publish them, and in 2010 I founded Influence Publishing to do that. I’ve become the industry “HOW TO book girl”