Is there something about yourself that you consider a “negative,” something you think of as a detriment to your career as a writer or that you don’t want in your author’s bio? Maybe you didn’t graduate from college, you’re not an “scholarly” expert in your area or you have failed in your attempts to succeed in your business area.
Today, figure out how to turn that so-called negative into a positive. Make it an attribute. That’s right. Find some way t0 make that aspect of yourself , your life or your career work for you in such a way that it enhances your career or resume. Show people how it makes you better at your job, more able to help others, an expert in your field, or the best one to write your book.
Then hold your head up and feel proud of who you are and your life experiences.
Think about Oprah Winfrey and her weight issues. She’s struggled with her weight in the public eye for years. Her failure to lose weight could be seen as a detriment; instead it makes her an expert at why diets don’t work, weight loss issues, what diets work and which ones don’t, what stops women from losing weight, and the issues that go with the inability to achieve perfect weight. She’s an “Everywoman” to a lot of women all over the world. She’d be a perfect woman to write a book about weight issues or women who can’t seem to lose weight and how to approach this issue.
Of course, you also can choose to take the path of personal growth and human potential. You can choose to change things about yourself or about your life–if this is possible. If it’s not, then turn your negatives into positives. Do it now. Don’t wait another day to feel better about yourself and to start seeing the difference this will make in your life and in your career or business.
Definitely do not wait another day to feel good enough about your self to start writing your book or your book proposal. Use the “About the Author” section of the proposal as a chance to create a new perspective on yourself. Then go ahead and start writing that book and peddling it — and yourself — to agents and publishers.
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