Book Update & Fear of Fame

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In previous ezine issues I’ve shared about my Purpose Project to bring the book, LIFE ON PURPOSE: 6 Passages to an Inspired Life, to the major book stores this coming year. In fact, many of you helped us decide on the best title. Thanks for that.

Well, the project continues to move ahead. I should have copies of the galley next week, and last week I hired Carol Arnold and her team at Arnold Communications as our publicist on the project. Exciting right? Yes. And also a bit scary. Well, maybe even a lot scary.

As we were in the contract signing process, I joked with Carol, “You’re now set to make me famous, right?” To which she replied. “Well, that’s my job.”

“Oh, I was only kidding, Carol,” I replied. “The last thing I want is to be famous.” And since that conversation I’ve thought about it. Why am I afraid to be famous? Is that more ‘hiding out?’ Am I afraid I’ll go the path of Belushi or Elvis? Well, I’ve already done the drug and alcohol scene. “Been there, done that and got the t-shirt.”

I’ve told myself that I like being able to walk anywhere and not be accosted by people stopping me on the street and asking for my autograph. But my face isn’t going to be plastered on the silver screen. Many authors become quite well known while still maintaining their privacy. So what’s the big deal about fame? I’ve been pondering that quite a bit lately, and have even added the notion of ‘fortune.’ After all, don’t the two often go together, ‘fame and fortune’?

Would it really be so terrible to be famous and to have a fortune? I mean, one of my secret dreams for many years has been to have enough money to help other entrepreneurs kick start their businesses off the ground. I mean, this book project wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for a very kind and generous investor who has experienced the power of the Life On Purpose Process in his own life.

So, what’s the big deal about fame and fortune? What have I been so afraid of? I’m continuing to explore these questions because I don’t want any fear to stand in the way of the work Carol and I and the rest of the team will be doing to make this book available to as many people as possible.

I’m clear that this project is completely consistent, both with my own life purpose and the vision of Life On Purpose to create a World On Purpose, and so fear has no real place in the equation.

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