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What I learned from writing 19 books in 14 weeks

For over 10 years, I wanted to write a book. I started more manuscripts than I can count. I received enough rejection letters to cover my office. I wanted it so bad. I just wanted to have the impact on others the way the great Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy had on me. They always left me inspired. I knew I could do it. After all I was a personal development addict.

I would read everything on personal development. I knew I could do anything I put my mind too but writing a book always left me stuck with unfinished projects.

Did I have what it takes? Did I make this the best it could be?

I worked hard. I finally did it. I wrote 19 books in 14 weeks. I wouldn’t sleep at night lying awake thinking about how could make each book better. I set a big goal and I actually did it. I went into it to share what I had learned in hopes it would encourage and inspire someone to push past the fear and do what they always dreamed of.

I love writing. I love sharing. I love expressing myself through the written word.

I have spent my entire life as an introvert. This gave me a way out of myself. It gave me a conversation piece. It gave me a way to say what I felt and why. It made me share even if I didn’t want to.

I shared the most personal parts of my life such as How to Love my Spouse again. I shared my story after having three miscarriages, I thought I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was trying to say something but no one could hear me.

I shared how I doubled my income in 12 months after making a real commitment to do so and not taking no as an answer. I remember reading everything I could on making money online and then taking massive action. I learned so many lessons- required lessons before more money would come.

As Darren Hardy speaks of Entrepreneurship as a Rollercoaster, that is definitely what it is. Until you figure out what you are doing and even sometimes after that you have ebbs and flows-feast and famine. Being in business is a journey of continuous learning where only the strong survive. I remember countless days I wanted to quit until I realized being an employee wasn’t any better actually worse. Entrepreneurship gives me leverage and freedom to do what I want when I want. I can leverage other’s time, talent and resources.

What I learned after writing 19 books is successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t. They do what they don’t want to do. I also learned that part of my “why” for writing these books was to showcase my body of work – what I learned my entire life. I learned that the sky is the limit. The only limits were the ones in my own mind.

Writing these books allowed me to see everything I had been through and everything I accomplished such as being a store manager of a retail store at 19 and selling over 3 million dollars for another Fortune 500 retail store. When I face disappointments and setbacks I can look back at what I have accomplished and I know I can do anything I put my mind to. And so can you.

I learned about endurance and persistence. I set this goal. When things got rough and they did, I kept moving forward whether I wanted to or not.

Writing a book forces, you to get clear on what you think and how you feel about it.

Writing a book allows you to pour your heart out on paper in hopes that someone will read your work and appreciate it.

Writing a book is a reflection of who you are.

Writing a book is just as much reading and reflecting as it is writing.

Writing a book is loving a subject or niche long enough to learn enough to write about it and share your experience around that subject.

Writing is a journey, for most of us a never ending journey that makes us write and write and write.

For the true writer, all you think about is writing.

I am reminded of Sister Act 2 when Whoopi Goldberg is talking to Lauryn Hill, “she tells her if all you think about is singing then you are singer.” In the same way, if all you think about is writing then you are a writer.

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Written by Shonda Miles

Shonda Miles is a Business Coach who helps entrepreneurs and wanna be entrepreneurs double their income in 12 months or less. She is the best-selling author of 24 books of which 8 are children’s books. For more information on how to make more money, go to www.shondamiles.com.

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