One of the primary books I referenced while writing my book stated that a second book will most likely grow out of your first book. That statement proved true, as I’ve had an idea and working title for my next book for many months now. That idea concerns the concept of risk. We all take risks in our lives to varying degrees – we can’t avoid taking some form of risk during our lifetime.
It was about a year ago when I was in my front yard visiting with my next door neighbor. He’s a few years older than I am and retired. I told him I was writing a book and I remember him saying, “That’s a big risk for someone your age!” I knew writing and publishing a book was a risk, but that was the first time I heard someone else say it out loud.
Reading has been a big part of my life, but I don’t read fiction – I read books that take me inside myself. I fantasized about writing my own book someday, but had no idea what I might write about. Warrior Self grew out of my personal study of the Bhagavad Gita. While studying the text, I started to see connections and teachings that I thought were helpful and I wanted to share those insights and observations with others. I don’t know that I could have picked a more challenging subject for my first book.
The decision to write was reached almost two years ago. I began, one step at a time, figuring out how to take my ideas and thoughts and create a book for others to read. Maybe writing a book sounds romantic, but I can tell you it’s nothing but hard work and it can be a very lonely process. I made mistakes along the way that ended up costing me time and money.
One of the important people in guiding me through my process was another yoga teacher/author, Michelle Marchildon, who wrote Theme Weaver and Finding More on the Mat. I reached out to Michelle early in the process and she generously offered me guidance and advice all along the way. After the printing of my book, she was one of the first to receive a copy and upon reading it – she wrote and published a beautiful review for me.
Two other important people who helped me with my book were Teresa Thom, my editor, and David Grizzard, my designer. Teresa taught me the black and white rules of writing and gave her very best to me. David not only designed the front and back covers, he also designed the interior. Both David and Teresa worked above and beyond what anyone could expect. I hope when I approach them about my next book, they’ll step up once again.
Risk is the price we pay for opportunity. Warrior Self has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself. My book has also given me the opportunity to meet and work with people like Michelle, Teresa, and David. Many other opportunities have presented themselves as a result of publishing Warrior Self that are too numerous to list. New opportunities will be revealed in time that I can’t even imagine right now. Writing, editing, printing, publishing, and finishing what I started is a success. Releasing it out into the world for anyone and everyone to read was a big risk.
If there is something in your life that you wish to try and accomplish, do it – do it NOW! You have to have the strength of a warrior to take on risks you may not think you can accomplish. You might have to ask for help along the way. You might piss some people off. You might lose some friends. You might lose some money. But, you’ll make new friends. You’ll make yourself happy. You will learn a whole lot about yourself you didn’t know. You might also make some money. And, you might step into a whole new life you didn’t even know was waiting for you.
Whatever the risk, be clear about your intentions. I didn’t write Warrior Self to become rich and famous, or to make myself look good. My intention was to show the reader how the teachings of Krishna can make a huge difference in one’s own life. Maybe one day I’ll write about the day to day process of writing that book and my relationship with Krishna all along the way. More than anyone else, Krishna guided me through every moment. That’s the whole thing when we take a risk, no matter how big or how small. If our intention is really clear and honest, we won’t be going it alone. Krishna is always driving our chariot, whether we know it or not.