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
WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca