What can we learn from Tim Ferris?


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I’ve got something pretty cool to share with you from Tim Ferris of “4-Hour Work Week” fame. By the way, Tim Ferris is a brilliant example of someone who shot to fame through a book. Who’d ever heard of him before “4-Hour Work Week”? Nobody.

But that’s not why I’m mentioning him here. I’m mentioning him here because I think he’s really hit on something with his challenge to Goal Setting that he calls Fear Setting.

I’m not going to explain this to you when there’s a perfectly good TED talk he’s done on it. You can just cut and paste the URL below into your browser and take a look at it – https://tim.blog/2017/05/15/fear-setting/

He talks about the ‘cost of inaction’ which is essentially the same thing as the ‘opportunity cost’ that I talk about in my new book coming out later this year – “Mindset for Authors: How to avoid procrastination, perfectionism, and self-doubt”.

The opportunity cost that cheeses me off the most is the one I wore because of forestalling all of the opportunities I’ve had over the last couple of years for 5 years because I was frigging around with the trifecta of procrastination, perfectionism, and massive servings of self-doubt.

The opportunities I mention above include –

  • Spots on TV shows like Today Extra.
  • Significant chunks of space in magazines like the Australian Women’s Weekly, Wellbeing Magazine, and Prevention Magazine.
  • Radio spots on ABC and 2SER.
  • Newspaper coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and would you believe it – The Baltic Times.
  • Speaking gigs in groups that represent my target demographic, as well as the massive opportunity to speak to large section of a 2,000 strong delegation of attendees of the Women’s Economic Forum in New Delhi.

I don’t tell you this to boast, although I am incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved. I share this with you because like Tim Ferris, I am an example of a person who no-one had heard of before they wrote a book.

I wonder what’s waiting for you when you get your book written? Give me a call on 0412261101 or book in to an obligation-free consult at www.writewithjane.com if you want to fast-track your progress. I absolutely love talking to people about how doable writing a book to boost visibility and credibility, and leverage it to get free publicity is.

Also if you’re wondering what the relevance of the ballerina in the cowboy boots is – it’s that it exemplifies the way I feel now in terms of the amount of moxie* I carry these days, versus the way I used to hide my light under a bushel not only when I was a kid, but in fact the whole way up until I was 52 when I got to feel the power of owning my story .

I wonder what’s waiting for you when you get your book written? 

* Needless to say – I love words, and if you’re wondering what the heck moxie means, cut and paste the link here and check out the definition of the word: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/moxie?s=t

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