Thirty-one years ago this month, my first book was published. It happened to come out the same day as my mother died. It was an immediate bestseller called Annie Bananie. I’m not suggesting a dead parent is a first step to creating a bestseller. Or that I know “steps to” doing that.
But my story speaks to authors or business owners who need story to survive about what you can’t control. Which is pretty much everything.
Nobody knows what’s going to hit. Especially on a first book, project, speech or business.
This blog is not so much a brag as a confession:
Annie Bananie was the third book I wrote. It took me 2.5 hours to write it. I’ve been earning money from it for 31 years and hopefully counting.
But what I took away from writing it has been my primary inspiration, skill and tool for my other books, coaching others and being a brand and story strategist for many start-ups and some big brands. Which is a deep respect for the simple and the value in our voices.
As creative people over 30, we’re culturally wired to the notion that to create you must suffer.
I’m not saying it doesn’t take some work. But we don’t trust what might come easy.
We dismiss our natural voices. That they don’t sound business-like or different enough. We’re afraid of being raw and “out there.”
When I finished Annie Bananie, I threw it in the trash before finally sending it to an editor. Embarrassed. Writing that book slid the voice right out of me that resonated a deep chord in a remarkable way with millions of people. That story became their story. Their voice. Even more than mine. I still can’t believe it.
People come to me to find clarity and purpose so they can show and tell a unique story. And together we discover that without voice first there is no story.
It takes effort to get there. The right voice for the right story. You get to have more than one.
You get to be the difference for others you’re here to make. Worth it.
Strive to struggle less.
My business it to help you do this. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading!