Most people write books, give lectures and training on how to SELL yourself. But I offer you lessons of a different kind. Write what you know…the experts say. So that’s what I aim to do.
I’m a writer…not a salesman. That means that I love writing, but do not like selling things. Even if I wrote a story as great as JK Rowling or CS Lewis, I would not sell it to my next door neighbor, let alone the whole world.
I am an expert at unselling myself. It’s something I do quite well. That’s why I feel very confident in teaching you about this creative art. My first tip is probably the most important.
Don’t let your mom know what you do.
This is very important because Moms like to tell the whole world what their children do. I’m a mom and can attest to this truth. We like to brag up our kids. My daughter composed a song, and I had to brag all over Idaho about her. My mom would do the same to me with my book. If I told her I had written a book, she’d be all over that piece of news like a fly on garbage.
Even if what you write is like garbage, your Mom won’t mind. She will be the fly that thinks that it is the BEST DARN GARBAGE around! She’ll invite all her friends to feast on your garbage and get their friends to come to the table…and well…basically, she’s selling you!
Stay away from Moms. They are the master salesmen when it comes to their kids. They act all sweet and loving, but they are after the SALE. I’m trying to teach you how NOT to shine, achieve, or publish. So don’t forget this handy tip. Love your Mom, but don’t breathe a word of what you don’t want sold to the world.
This first step is SOOO important, that I’m going to end here and give you the weekend to internalize this truth before I give you the next lesson. If you can’t learn to keep your talents hidden from your Mom, you aren’t going to succeed in Unselling yourself. You just aren’t!
So practice acting sly around your Mom. When she asks what you’re up to, tell her, “Why nothing important. I’ve just been pinning interesting things from others’ lives on Pinterest. It’s quite fun.”
Don’t let her smell your SHINE. She’s as wiley as any car salesman and will TOOT your horn if you slip and say too much. So MUM is the word when you’re with MOM.
Stay tuned next week when I reveal the next important step in UNSELLING yourself. You CAN do it! I’m going to teach you how. You can thank me later when you’re not famous!