Why write a book?

In my previous post I took a sort of subtle approach to encourage you to really think through why you would really want to write a book. Here are a few considerations. Because, at the end of the day, I believe everyone should write a book.

Here are three good reasons:
1) Convert your intellectual capital into intellectual property

Everybody is very knowledgeable about something (although they usually minimize their experience and expertise and take it for granted). By writing a book you organize, refine and showcase your expertise for the benefit of others as well as yourself. This knowledge can then be monitized directly and indirectly. We live in an information age. A book is one of the most revered ways to package your expertise.

2) For who it will make of you to achieve it.

Jim Rohn, one of my greatest mentors always inspired his students to set ANY goal not for what you would get, but for who it would make of you to achieve it. The goal of writing a book will certainly make something more of you. That should be a major reason for embarking on such a large and challenging goal.

3) Leave a legacy

When I say legacy, you don’t have to be a Mother Theresa. What if you could pass on some wisdom and perspective that would empower future generations within your own family. I always imagined my great, great, great grandchildren unpacking a box with a dusty copy of The Success Compass and feeling proud that they came from a bloodline that included the authoring of that book. It might raise them to a higher level without even reading it. It might really make a difference if they did. Leaving a legacy within your family is plenty. We live in such modern times that we have no excuse for not learning, growing and shaping a philosophy that would benefit future generations.

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