You might have a job – but you are not your job. It doesn’t define you. In his book Tim Ferriss says that he likes to answer the question “what do you do?” with “I am a drugs dealer”. Knowing some of his history, there’s actually a partial but legal truth to that. But the point is this: he does too many different things to summarize them in one word. Yet often that’s how we respond. When someone asks what we do, we respond with what we think we are – preferably in one word: I’m a banker, mom, barista, consultant, cleaner, sales person, the list goes on – but the conversation quickly dies. Now what do we talk about next?
How do you answer the question? I struggle with it. Like Tim, I enjoy wearing multiple hats and doing many different things in my life. Did you know most millionaires have, on average, 7-8 different streams of income simultaneously? Most of them do a variety of things, more or less surrounding a common theme they’re passionate about. They’re not passionate about the one exclusive daytime job they’re having, but about the multitude of things they do and roles they play that make up their life as a whole – not as a role.
When asked, my answer is usually that I’m an author – since it’s the one thing that often starts a conversation, not ends it. There’s a logical next question: so what did you write about? That opens up the floor to a longer chat about some of the things I’m passionate about and make up the majority of my life: travel, photography, teaching and sharing from my experiences. Being able to say I’m an author is what I enjoy most about having written a few books. Even if you don’t sell any of them it’s a great conversation starter. Writing a book sets you aside from the crowd.
Intrigued? It’s common knowledge that everyone has a book inside of them, and many have the desire to “one day” write it. The trick is to get it out today, and start enjoying the simple pleasures of being an author now instead of “later”. You already have it in you, and I can help you bring it out. Ready to learn some more? Visit www.writeabookinaweek.com and sign up for the first module of my life-changing class today. Next week you could be well on your way to get your book published. Or you could do nothing and be just where you are now. The choice is yours. But first, please tell me, what do you do?Write a Book in a Week
Wilko van de Kamp Author | Artist | Advisor
Hi, I’m Wilko van de Kamp, creator of Liberty Training Academy and author of the Freedom Project book series. For more than 15 years, I have helped people and their companies achieve their own results beyond their goals. I work with authors, coaches and experts to build their brand to become a #1 industry influencer and increase their impact on the communities they serve. We focus on every aspect of personal brand building through technology and storytelling, with a relentless focus on accelerating the achievement of their personal, professional and financial goals. And I would love to do the same for you! To get started, you can preview any of my courses free of charge.