I’ve been geeking out on a guy called Simon Sinek recently. Simon is a business strategist, author and speaker who has the third most viewed TED talk of all time. His theories flip the archetypal business models on their heads by simply asking the question why?
So after viewing a few of his videos on youtube I got thinking of the why behind my book.
Why should you be interested in what I’ve got to say in my book?
Why should you even be bothering reading my blog?
Why am I even doing it all in the first place?
I have a load of different answers ranging from, “I believe my book has a few messages worth sharing”, “I’m hoping you are reading my blog in order to find out how this is all going to pan out”, to “It’s the first thing I ever really wanted to do.” And it is the latter answer which drives me the most.
I read books as a kid. I absorbed them. I loved Roald Dahl and The Hardy Boys. I loved that a library van appeared at the top of my street every Tuesday night at 6pm. I can still remember the smell of the portable gas fire the librarian had set up in the back of the long narrow, slightly damp van. I remember trying to rent out Bram Stokers Dracula and the librarian telling me that he didn’t think it would be suitable for me. I remember a book I got as a birthday gift when I was a kid which was called The Nightmare Man. (Actually a pretty scary kids book about a shadowy figure with a birdlike face who appeared at night at the foot of a boys garden. Loved that book. I can still remember the cover.)
As I got older I loved to draw and when I was a teenager and in my early 20’s I was playing guitar, rocking out in bands. Those things I don’t do so much anymore but its not to say that I don’t have a place for them anymore. I’m just tending to this other thing I’ve got going on at the moment.
It’s just funny that it has taken me decades to return to my first ever ambition.
But seriously, check out Simon Sinek. (Totally have a man crush on this dude.)