Getting past my own distraction!

I am in the midst of writing my first book, Real Success – It’s Never about the Money, and I am having a dilemma that I have heard about from others. It’s not that I don’t have enough that I want to say to fill a book; it’s that there is so much that I am not sure what to cut out.

I have started down this road before and would get into the project about a chapter and a half and something would come along that grabbed my attention and I was distracted. Maybe it was the fear of the unknown that was kicked up and created the crack for the distraction. Perhaps it was that I was doing something to which I was not really committed. In the end the result was the same, I would look at the pages of the good start and put it in a pile with other good starts and go on to something else.

This time I felt an almost desperateness and I got a bit smarter. I took a critical eye on what I have been spending my time on and I was not pleased with what I saw. I listened to the excuses of why the past writing endeavors didn’t work and let them fall to the ground.

I looked at what was fun for me. I love teaching and the way that I teach that is most effective is through interaction with others. In this interaction, I help others see themselves, learn what they have forgotten and in the process learn myself. So I set up an environment with Jonah Meadows, producer of our Business Matters radio program to have a daily “writing” session. In this session, we would have a conversation about a chapter of the book. Jonah is very interested in life and asks great questions. This process is perfect for how I work best.

To make this even more interesting and fun, we are recording the sessions and will use them in an edited form as part of the audio book. I will also talk to people who have a story to tell that fits the topic of the chapter and let their words help others learn and see themselves.

Finally, I will give those who listen or read something to do that will help them transfer what they are learning into their lives. I have some simple practices that have worked for me and others that I will share.

So a simple formula that has worked over and over again for me and the book is beyond the phase where others have spun out and I can feel the end. It’s very exciting and I look forward to the moment when I can share it with you. I will let you know in a few weeks, when that will be…..

Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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