I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the Miami International Book Fair a week ago with Nick Kent (Art Director) of Mind Adventure, Inc. The experience was one of a kind; one that I’ll always remember; one that was life impacting. This book fair symbolized a new adventure in my life…one that brought confirmation and clarity to a long term aspiration: becoming an author.
A Different Kind of Hustler Publication!
Rob White (remember: Learning from a Multi-millionaire) invited me to attend the book fair along with the Mind Adventure team acouple months ago. Rob and team were headed out to promote his newest book: Marvelous Denials and Wonderful Obsessions. A few weeks or so after the invite, I received another call from Rob raising the stakes … he not only wanted me to attend the book fair to consume and enjoy the unique experience, but to attend as a published author to capture a fuller essence of the energy–one that only an author can experience.
I was all for it! I went to work immediately identifying the best content from here, The Hustler’s Notebook that would make up the greater portion of my soon-to-be book. As I worked to edit the articles and get them book-ready, Nick worked his magic on creating the design, formatting and layout of the book.
Book Title. Driven to Learn, Learning to Win: The Evolution of a Hustler
What this title means to me is huge. Driven to Learn signifies my willingness and commitment to personal development. And not just development, but to learn from the many lessons that life presents me through people and situations. Learning to Win is a testament to the results that I plan on getting in life, and the persistence needed to get those wins. And lastly, The Ev0lution of a Hustler speaks about my personal evolution from where I was >> where I am now >> and where I’m going.
Off To Miami
The dwindling of months, weeks, days and hours that led up to my flight to Miami compounded my excitement. I wasn’t a tad bit nervous …more so anxious to meet the team and selfishly to meet my first publication.
I was so excited I even bought some Nikes with Mind Adventure branded 0range. Nick told me that I had an orange shirt to wear so i had to coordinate!^Jk | Nick^
The bulk of my excitement was the opportunity to finally meet Rob in person. We’ve really gotten to know each over the past 14 months or so and finally it was our time to meet in person. Well, so we thought.
Unfortunately, due to a couple of circumstances he wasn’t able to attend the book fair. It was a bummer, but it didn’t ruin the trip. Nope, the mission remained sturdy. Days prior to departure to Miami, Rob shared what our trip was about; and it wasn’t just about selling books.
The Mission was to attend the book fair to SHARE OUR SPECIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE with others, without the thought of gain.
First Book Sold
“Who wrote this one”, a passerby asked.
“I’m the author of that book”, I quickly replied with a smile. I proceeded to tell the kind lady what the book meant to me and what subjects were covered in it. Our conversation ended with the purchase of not one, but two copies of Driven.
At that very moment…after the purchase of my first couple of books, I felt a huge concoction of appreciation, gratitude, understanding, and drive. At that point, I knew I had more titles ahead me and I was only getting started.
Selling and signing books was fun. It was exceptionally fulfilling in instances I gave books away to those that that formed a connection with the book but weren’t in a position to purchase one.
I talk about taking action a lot. It’s been my personal theme for 2011 and will be even more so in 2012. I sat around and thought about the successes that I’ve wanted in life for too long…thinking that they might magically appear. Until I started applying some action to those thoughts, I was just thinking up great ideas but never experiencing them.
I mention this because sometimes the thought of an uncomfortable situation can hold you back. When I first got to the book fair reality hit…”I’m in the midst of action. I’m here to really do something, not just sit around and think about it or hope for it…I’m experiencing and acting upon my thoughts.”
A Milestone That Couldn’t be Held Back
About one year ago, I shared with several people a major goal of mine for 2011 was to have a book published. Shortly after the start of the year, I made some adjustments to my goals because I believed that I had possibly bitten off more than I could actually chew.
Well I’ve come to learn that some things are meant to happen. Having a book published was the first goal I scratched off of my list. But what do you know…That goal couldn’t be eliminated. Even after removing it from my goal list it constantly lingered in my mind. I continued to write blog posts that I thought were chapter worthy. And then, what seemed to be out of nowhere, Rob graciously extended an extremely generous offer to sponsor my first publication. He had no clue that having a book published had been a 2011 goal of mine.
A HUGE Thanks to Rob and Nick (Mind Adventure, Inc.)
Not only did Rob totally sponsor the publication for my book (design, format, print coordinating, etc. – all completed by Nick), but he also paid for my trip (flight, hotel, etc.). This trip taught me something that I’ll never forget. It was a great lesson of generosity and it reminded me why I aim to become financially wealthy: so that I can one day bless someone else, as Rob has blessed me.
But even more that the monetary aspects, Rob’s mentorship has taken me from just a thinker…to a do’er. From a doubter…to a believer. From a know it all…to a student. From a hustler…to a hustler/author!
I’m Driven to Learn and Learning to Win. This IS the Evolution of a Hustler.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this. Let’s keep this one casual and fun. If you have any questions about the experience that I may have skipped over, that you’d like more details on, or anything else…let me know in the comments below.