Blame these questions on the book I’m reading with my Master Mind group called Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.
I don’t like the book much. It is an attempt at what it claims to be… the stories of how leaders come to lead. The problem is the author, Simon Sinek, never gets to the how to find your own why.
His theory is leaders like Apple (Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak), the Wright Brothers, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others all started with the question ‘why’ even before they got to the ‘what’ and the ‘how.’ He tells a ton of stories along those lines.
I found two things while reading the book:
- I started to quarrel with his facts and assumptions. That led me to skip around the book a lot.
- I started to ask my self “why are you a freelance writer”?
Anne, why are you a freelance writer?
My first thought was ‘I love to write,’ which is mostly true. Putting words on first paper and then screen has always been pretty easy for me, but that didn’t seem like the real why.
I noodled around, remembering among other things my life purpose which is to “live prosperously, be of service and have fun.”
Next I realized I could answer the “why are you a freelance writer” question more fully. It tickles me to tell people what to do – close, but not quite it either. I recognized I get a huge kick out of helping folks by sharing some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
Turns out it’s even more nuanced. I especially like helping them find within themselves solutions that my experience can sometimes point to.
You are the expert on your own life
I know that you’ve got the answers you need within. Oh, when it comes to writing, you may need some help – and you’ll recognize the help you need when you see it. In other words, it’s not that I have a lock on exactly why, what and how you should do something; when I tell you how I did it it may spark a recognition in you that the same rough scheme will work fo you as well.
This may help you to answer the question ‘why are you a freelance writer?’ You can start thinking about it now, or you can wait and pre-order when his next book, Find Your Why will be released – early September 2017. How about that!
Write well, and often,