If any of you have ever attempted to write a book, or have published a book of your own, then you will relate to the story of my writing and publishing while living the rest of my life journey that I am about to share with you.
If you have ever dreamed of writing a book, I hope my upcoming posts over the next 121 days will inspire you to keep writing, one page at a time. And if you have no desire to write a book, but you have a dream (or would like to figure out what that dream is) then follow me for the next 121 days as I count down toward the day of my book launch of Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan To Launch Your Dreams Into Reality on January 19, 2010, on Amazon and a major bookstore nearest you.
You see… this is not just about a book launch. Seeing my book in print, inspiring others with my words, stories and strategies, and picking up my very own book off of a book store shelf is literally a dream come true for me. I am so excited to share my process, thoughts, frustrations and elations with you in my Blast Off Countdown Blog. This is the what, when, how I did and do it, how I fit it into the rest of my life as a mom, a wife, and a businesswoman and still manage to have lots of fun.
So it started something like this….
I have had a passion for writing since I was in the 4th grade when I wrote my first poem in Ms. Grant's class at Grissom Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
There once was an alligator named Sam.
He lived in a clogged up damn.
He ate people's noses, and bit off their toses.
And that was my alligator Sam.
Brilliant, I know. I was quite proud of this poem and thought, “there is something to this writing thing.” Words became a playground of expression for me. I discovered that I possessed a rather deep soul (Deeper than I could deal with at age 9, or anyone around me for that matter) and I needed an outlet to release and sort out all this romanticism and intensity. Writing was a way for me to configure my deepest thoughts, spout about my observations, experiences, solutions, then tie them all together with a poetic and rhythmic bow. It has been a special relationship… me and my pen. (and eventually my Mac) I always found it easier to say what I really wanted to say… in writing.
Writing Blast Off has been a culmination of years writing, working with thousands of clients to move them to a better chapter in their lives, and a strong desire to help others reach their potential. In fact, it became a real pet peeve of mine when someone would come to see me for coaching or homeopathy and they would proceed to give me every excuse as to why their dreams, or life, for that matter, would never work out the way they wanted. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to shake them and say, “You are amazing. Don't you see?!”
Over the years, through many trials and tribulations, I finally learned how to make my dreams come true. (This book is my biggest) And believe me, they were not handed to me. At age 30 I set out on the world as a single mom, no money and no emotional support. However, I did have three things going for me: Determination, stubbornness, and hope. Always hope.
NOTE: My book has been published since i originally wrote this post. You can read more about it and also order it here: Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan To Launch Your Dreams Into Reality.
Voice for Business Success
Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, The World Leader in Scaling Businesses. She is the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of, Scale or Fail, which is endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19. Her client list has included Ben & Jerry’s, Supercuts, Charlotte Russe, and Allstate.
Now she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward by helping business owners scale their companies, fast-track their success and create a more meaningful life. The Pinnacle Global Network, her private mentoring and mastermind enterprise has guided thousands of business owners over the past 10 years. Allison’s been featured in Inc., Success, Fortune, Fast Company and Forbes Magazines, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox across the US. Allison has also hosted her own podcast, The Scale or Fail Show, since 2011.