July 28, 2010

The Book Is Almost Finished!

Well, we're on the final leg of this journey. I am filled with mixed emotions. I am thrilled that I may get my days and nights back--all that writing! I am saddened--it has been truly the most amazing adventure for me. I am a little scared--I wonder if readers will enjoy the stories as much as I do. And I am a  little anxious that the profiles truly represent how incredible these self-starters truly are. Sigh.

July 20, 2010

Self-Starters are Finishers

One of the things I have learned in interviewing 100 self-starters is that they just don't start something, they finish it. As many of them said: The world is littered with self-starters; it's those who finish that achieve success.

July 13, 2010

The Writing Process: Giving Birth

Writing--you can love it; you can hate it. When all is going swimmingly along, you’re on cloud nine. When the muse disappears, all is desolate. Probably a little dramatic, but those of you who have ever written a book—you get what I’m saying.

Even though I have written a book before, you forget—like childbirth—the pain and suffering you must sustain to produce the creation. Details nag at you, words escape you, life intervenes, and you lose your flow.

Is it worth it? You bet.

July 9, 2010

Chat With Women Talking About Secrets of Self-Starters

I had a blast today chatting with two of my favorite people—Rochelle Alhadeff and Pam Gray of Chat with Women (http://www.chatwithwomen.com/, KKNW 1150 AM, King County, WA.) Those two are a hoot. Here’s a picture of the three of us.

We talked about the nine traits of self-starters (click HERE to hear the entire interview.) We only had time for the first six. If you listen to the interview you can hear a story or two and a discussion of the book—due out in October!

During the interview, I invited people to email me their definition of a self-starter or if they had more traits to add than the six I listed. What do you think?

July 7, 2010

Writing "Secrets of Self-Starters"

I feel such pressure in trying to get these stories right—to share the stories so that these amazing people are celebrated—it's difficult.

Getting the Stories Right

As a writer finding the right word, the correct sentence structure to convey your thought is tough. Though a difference exists between business writing and narrative writing, the approach is the same—trying to figure how the best to present your idea, in my case, the stories. It’s true: you really do have beads of blood form on your forehead!

Meeting the Self-Starters

I love to network and meet new people. I love to hear their stories. I know many amazing people so finding self-starters to interview was not difficult. Finding ones whose stories would inspire and motivate others was a bit trickier.

And what stories they told! Just to give you a flavor of the kinds of people I have met: A former software entrepreneur who spent two months in a tent with the last indigenous tribe in Ethiopia; a young man who raised $2 million dollars to start a foundation against human trafficking; a young documentarian who found himself jailed without any resources in Mozambique.

I am teasing you with these snippets. The book comes out in October! I'll be taking pre-orders in August.

Interviewing Self-Starters

Writing a book on self-starters has been a three-year dream for me. I have been searching for just the right topic that would help others reach their potential and achieve their dreams. Voila! A friend labeled me a "self-starter" and blam!—I was out the door with a plan.
I divided the people into three groups: entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs (those within organizations that self-start) and those in the academic, government and non-profit worlds. And what a group I have met!

These are truly amazing people! And I am humbled. They welcomed me into their homes, their offices, and their world. The kindness, warmth, openness, and generosity leaves me speechless—which is pretty hard for me!