By Jennifer S. Wilkov, Book Business Consultant, Your Book Is Your Hook
The other day I was in a funk about something that happened in my business the day before. It happens to all of us from time to time – and yes, it does happen to me.
The next day I attended a very early networking meetings that started at 7:00 a.m. as a substitute for one of the group members who had gone away on vacation.
I rode the New York City subway into town and wrote my heart and soul out in a blog article for the website, NY Entrepreneur Week and the Relentless Foundation, which I write for regularly.
I wrote the article as a message to myself and as one for any business person who might find themselves in a funk after something unexpected turned their life or business upside down.
The article I wrote is appropriately titled: “Everything Is Going to Be Okay.”
Here I was on the train at the unbelievable hour of 6 o’clock in the morning wondering why I was putting myself through the effort to get to this meeting when I was just feeling so blue and down.
I knew my blog article was due that day so I chose to write myself a message to lift my spirits and to encourage me to set my sights on the good things ahead at the meeting that morning and for the next phase in my business.
So I wrote my article and in the process…I wrote myself right out of my funk! And I felt great and excited to be at the meeting when I got there.
The best part of all of this happened on the subway ride home after my terrific time at the meeting. A woman from Manhattan who was in the same train car with me, which was pretty empty, came over and sat in the seat next to me.
She was nervous and a bit stressed out from her Internet not working that morning and her travels on the train into Brooklyn to attend a networking meeting of her own in the middle of the day. I was a little unnerved by her coming over to sit down by me when the whole train car was pretty much empty. But I sat still and minded my own business until she asked me what the next stop was and told me about herself and her stress-filled day.
She was an executive coach and leadership development specialist who was not clear about where her stop was on the train in Brooklyn. I found out where she was going and then I introduced myself and told her that I was a writer, best-selling author, speaker, radio show host and a book consultant for other authors and writers.
She looked back at me stunned – and delighted.
I told her I had just written a blog article for someone like her in her stressful situation and I asked her if she wanted me to read it to her. She was thrilled – and really, so was I.
I watched the stops on the train for her so she could just listen and enjoy the article without worrying about missing her stop.
As I read the blog article, “Everything Is Going to Be Okay,” to her, I noticed that she smiled and laughed to herself and even chuckled with me about some of it as one entrepreneur to another.
By the time we reached her stop, she had a totally different demeanor and was ready to get to her own networking meeting.
We exchanged cards just as we arrived at her stop. She said she recognized my name from somewhere and confessed that she wanted to write a book herself.
She said she’d be in touch and happily got off the train at her right stop to go off to her meeting in Brooklyn. She also asked me to send her a copy of the article as she wanted to have it to read again.
It was such a pleasure to support her with the article I had just written to get myself out of my own funk and to see its effect on her and how it will benefit others who read it.
Later on, I received an email from her thanking me for being her Angel on the train that day. I had sent her an email letting her know I had enjoyed meeting her and that I hoped she had had a great meeting too – just like I did that day as a result of the article.
You never really know what an article can do for you and others until you write it.
Next time you’re blue and down about something that happened in your business or life, take a few minutes and write yourself right out of your funk like I did.
It’s cathartic, therapeutic and can make a difference for you and so many others when you choose to share it with the world.
You Can Do It!
Tell me about a funk you wrote yourself out of by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear about your humanity and how you touched the lives of others with your article.
© 2010 Jennifer S. Wilkov. All Rights Reserved.
Jennifer S. Wilkov: Media personality, host and producer of the #1 radio talk show “Your Book Is Your Hook!” on WomensRadio. Jennifer is a best-selling award-winning author who has been published five times, an award-winning freelance writer and a respected book business consultant in her business by the same name, “Your Book Is Your Hook!” She has both self-published and been published by a traditional publisher. Jennifer has been called the quintessential writer and teacher for the 21st century. She supports first-time and seasoned authors in their book writing, publishing and marketing endeavors through coaching and training in her “Your Book Is Your Hook!” consulting practice. www.YourBookIsYourHook.com www.JenniferSWilkov.com