“it’s not just what we do, but why we do it that truly sets us apart.” – Simon Sinek
I often found myself considering whether or not to embark on a new project, including writing a book. On the one hand, I guess that writing a book can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. It would allow me to share my knowledge and insights with others, about a topic that I care about and it can serve as a lasting legacy. On the other hand, I also imagine that writing a book requires a significant investment of time and energy. I must be diligent in my research, clear in my writing, and disciplined in my approach.
I spend a few minutes contemplating the inner dialog taking place:
The voice of self-doubt echoes in the mind of the aspiring author, “Why should I write a book? Who would even read it?” But the inner wisdom within answers, “Writing is a journey to be savored, not a destination to be achieved. The words will find their way to the hearts they were meant to touch. Trust the creative process and let the ideas flow effortlessly through you.”
Still uncertain, the voice of self-doubt asks, “But what if I have nothing unique or valuable to say?” The inner wisdom replies, “Embrace your uniqueness and trust in your perspective. Your experiences are a valuable gift to the world. Share your truth with the world, unencumbered by the fear of others’ opinions.”
The self-doubt persists, “What if I don’t find the time or energy to commit to writing the book?” The inner wisdom soothes, “The journey of creation is just as important as the final product. Invest your time and energy wisely and revel in the process of bringing your vision to life. It is not just a destination, but a journey filled with growth and self-discovery.”
Still, the fear of failure lingers, “I’m afraid of failure. What if the book is a flop?” The inner wisdom reminds, “Fear is a common feeling, but it is important not to let it dictate your path. The process of writing and creating is a treasure in and of itself, regardless of external recognition.”
The fear of becoming consumed by the book creeps in, “What if the book takes over my life?” The inner wisdom counsels, “Balance and proportion are key to a fulfilling life. Set clear boundaries and prioritize moments of self-care. Remember, the creation of a book should bring joy and personal growth, not just be focused on its final result.”
The self-doubt still persists, “I’m still not sure if I should write the book.” The inner wisdom whispers, “Breathe deeply and allow the stillness within to reveal your true calling. Trust the guidance of your inner voice. If the desire to write this book is deeply rooted within you, then it is surely your destined path.”
As the contemplation goes, clarity slowly appears:
I want to write this book.
I can write this book.
I must write this book.
I will write this book.
I am writing this book now and I am enjoying it.
I hope you are also enjoying reading it.
The journey towards the creation of a book, much like the birth of a startup, is a mystical and enigmatic path to embark upon. Both endeavors require a clear and unyielding vision, a well-crafted plan that guides one’s steps, a persistent and tireless spirit, an agile and adaptive nature that embraces change, the ability to attract and hold the attention of a discerning audience, and a savvy acumen for generating and nurturing streams of revenue. It is a journey not for the faint of heart, but for the bold and daring who seek to create something truly magnificent.
As I sat down to type this book, I couldn’t help but wonder how I could make it truly valuable to you, the reader. I thought about all the knowledge I’ve gained throughout my own startup journey and realized that it would be invaluable to condense that information into a clear and well-structured map for those just starting out. I also considered the idea of incorporating Zen teachings to provide a sense of calm and focus for you as you embark on your own startup journey. And lastly, I want to inspire you to not only start your first startup, but to also write your own book and share your own wisdom with the world.
Later, I thought to myself, “What can I do to make this book even better for my readers and for myself?” The answer hit me when Walid, one of my early supporters in this adventure, was sharing his impressions on my first attempts at the first two chapters – why not share my secret recipe for writing a (hopefully) successful book and include it as a bonus material? That way, you not only learn about starting a successful business but also how to write a successful first book yourselves. It’s a win-win!
If the mystery behind the “secret recipe” has yet to pique your interest, fear not, for there is a wealth of relatable stories and experiences to be found in the entrepreneurial journey.
Writing becomes effortless; I feel as though the book is writing itself. Ideas arrive slowly, afford time to be captured. It’s increasingly enjoyable, more and more intense.
The query of “Why am I scribbling this book?” dissipates faster than a drop of water on a hot skillet, as there appears to not be a solitary rationale. It seems to me that the cosmos has been plotting since the dawn of time, grooming me to pen this literary piece. My focus is fixed on a lyrical dance of words, emerging from the unknown depths, piecing together a sentence with tantalizing grace: “This book is presenting itself to you, with a secret message that only your ink and imagination can decode.”
Buckle up, my dear friend! It’s time to unravel the mystery!