Have you ever met someone that from the moment you meet them your life is completely changed? Six years ago, someone shared his story with me, which made a huge impact on how I saw myself and the world.
I lived a life that most people call the ‘American Dream.’ I had immigrated from Africa some years prior; I had worked hard, earned two degrees, had a high-paying job, and was in a good relationship. There was just one problem. I was miserable! I felt empty inside, I was moving through life without a purpose. I was like a zombie, clocking in and out of work each day, coming to life again only after 5pm. I kept asking myself, “Is this it?” I sacrificed a lot to be here (in the U.S.)! I moved away from family and friends and missed special moments, and for what? Just to feel this way?
I didn’t know how to move forward, but standing still was too painful. So one day, I quit my job! No plan, no savings, just a hope that there could be more out there for me.
Soon afterwards, at a retreat, I heard Joe Vitale, whose book was featured in the movie ‘The secret’, tell his story. He had a typical “rags to riches” story about going from homelessness to living the life of the rich and famous. But what caught my ear was his love for books. I learned that even though he was homeless, he would always go to his local library and read book after book. He had a thirst and hunger for knowledge. This really connected with me. I kept agreeing, nodding to whatever he was saying and telling myself inside: ‘Yes! Yes! I feel that same way too!’ Then I learned he’d written over 50 books.
In a flash, I realised I had some books in me too! And I, too, was a writer, just one who didn’t have a book yet. Three months after hearing his story, my first book was complete. It was the most fulfilling accomplishment I’d ever had. I never knew I could write a book, let alone in only three months. This opened my mind to a world of possibilities, so I kept writing more.
One day, someone shared a piece of wisdom: “If you can achieve a goal by yourself, then you’re not thinking big enough.” That stuck with me. That is when I realised that writing a book is impactful, but helping others write their book can make ten times the impact! So, that’s what I do now. I help people who want to share their knowledge and expertise through a book so they can build authority in their field and share their message of empowerment.
If Joe Vitale had kept his story to himself, I wouldn’t be here now. And if he hadn’t inspired me, none of my clients would have their books making a difference either. Have the courage to share your story because you never know whose life you may impact.