The concept of the China Egg Syndrome has a fascinating beginning. Most people have no idea what a porcelain egg really is. The story goes back to the early 1960's. A life/health insurance coach had one on his desk. Usually it's a nice decorative item, an egg-shaped piece of colored glass or porcelain set in a small gilt metal stand. Perhaps you have seen one. This particular piece was used a...
Is it possible to succeed in the book business in an underdeveloped or developing country like Nigeria considering that Nigerians do not read? As the founder of a platform that teaches people how to claim a right in what has come to be called the expert industry, with a focus on book writing, these are the kinds of questions I get bombarded with most of my questions. candidates. This article addresses these concerns.
As JF Kennedy once noted, the French Grand Marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree grew slowly and would not reach maturity for another 100 years. The Marshal replied: ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; Plant it this afternoon! A typical hobbyist author with a short-term mindset sees the world as the gardener, while those with a long-term focus approach every endeavor, be it education, stock investing, or book writing, like Marshall Lyautey. As trite as the following cliché is, it bears repeating, nothing good comes cheap. As Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in his elegant book, Tipping Point, reaching the tipping point in any company requires some 10,000 man-hours of serious practice. It’s about 10 years of effort. So jumping into the book business and expecting to make it big overnight is like speeding up pregnancy. It is impossible under normal circumstances; it has to go through the full cycle of nine months.
A close look at three wildly successful authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and Tony Robbins shows that they have one thing in common: they are prodigious in their production. Take Malcolm Gladwell for example. He is such a detail-oriented author that when he sets out to describe something, he paints such a vivid picture that you can’t put it down until the end. For example, if you’re writing about something as mundane as a door key, you’ll describe the color, size, texture, make, make, and type of key, the iron the key is made of, and not forgetting the country where it was manufactured. You will find the mine and the technology used to convert the iron ore into iron ingots and finally into key. Is it any wonder that all of his books, including Outliers, Blink, Tipping Point, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, became instant bestsellers? How did you hone your skills? He honed it over the years as a journalist, including more than twenty with The New Yorker. On the other hand, Daniel Pink is oriented towards trends and research. He sees trends, follows them with research, and writes about them with an uplifting spirit that can’t stop reading his tomes to the end. Is it any wonder that Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind, To Sell Is Human and Drive became instant bestsellers? Tony Robbins, for his part, is a master motivator and an expert storyteller. He is so talented in these arts that his books like Unstoppable, Awaken The Giant Within, and Money: Master The Game are all runaway bestsellers.
As you can see, Malcolm, Daniel and Tony are not only prodigious, they are also deep. These attributes would make publishers pay millions to have them in their stable. You can’t become a wonder overnight. It takes years of canvas and sweat to become a global sensation. Take the case of JK Rowling. A single mother, no publisher would touch her first Harry Porter fantasy novel. To them, it had no market value. So what did she do? She stood firm on her weapon. She believed in the value of her work and persisted and today, her Harry Porter series is the best selling book series of all time. The Harry Porter series has been turned into movies that propel her to the top of success as the UK’s richest author, with an estate valued at over $1 billion in 2014. The same can be said for the Chicken Soup series. For The Soul of Jack. Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson. The first book in the series, according to the authors, was rejected more than 400 times by major publishers because they believed the stories would not sell. What about the Guerrilla Marketing series started by the late Jay Conrad Levinson in 1984? Guerrilla Marketing’s first book was self-published and today it is the best-known marketing brand in history, named by Time as one of the 25 best business books, with more than 21 million copies sold. Guerrilla concepts have influenced marketing so much that the books have been translated into 62 languages and are required reading in MBA programs at most IVY League schools worldwide.
Again, what is common, even with these initially self-published authors, is prodigious production, focus, and self-confidence, or, they would say, persistence and determination. They didn’t just write a superficial or even excellent book, they uploaded it to Amazon, composed some gospel music to announce the release, and hoped the world would make its way to their door like the average hobbyist author does. Furthermore, these authors did not set out to write bestsellers. They wrote about what they were passionate about and their passion shone through in their art. So the ingredients that make an author people are willing to read, follow and like are a series of books (no less than three, but the more the better), a niche that allows you to express yourself and your passion. and, finally, go deeper. . If you lack depth no one is going to take you seriously. Depth requires focus, thought and enthusiasm. Depth requires you to go where no one else has been. Depth requires you to develop your own unique style. Uniqueness is both the foundation and the icing on the cake.
Ryan Holiday, author of five iconic titles including Trust Me, I’m Lying, Growth Hacker Marketing, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic, which have sold more than 500,000 copies combined, advises everyone aspiring authors who want to go the distance to write books that will last forever creating what he calls “timeless work.” By that he means dig deeper, travel the road less traveled, and by all means avoid the weird fashion, here today, gone tomorrow. If you want to be like one of the icons featured here: Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Tony Robbins, JK Rowling, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, Jay Conrad Levinson, or even Ryan Holiday, start writing and you’ll never know where your effort is at. will land. Forget the brakes. When you get it right, the brakes will come. Do you have a story in you? Start counting today. Let the end of one story be the beginning of another and before a decade is out, you’ll be on a pedestal as one of the immortals. Your book will make you immortal.