Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? Writing can be a reward in itself, because it’s enjoyable. But it’s also great to get feedback. That’s why it’s so important for writers to develop a good social media presence these days, I think. It’s really important to engage through social media. I use Facebook and Twitter, but the key to it all is to have your own website. I think a website and an associated mailing list are essential tools in an indie authors arsenal, because they can really help you connect with your readership. When I was deciding on the cover for How To Find Your Vital Vocation (http://www.viewbook.at/vitalvocation) I “crowdsourced” views on the potential covers on my blog as well as through social media. The response was terrific, and gave me a real boost. It made me realise that my book really did have an audience out there. http://vitalvocation.com/help-me-choose-the-cover-of-my-job-hunting-and-careers-book/
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? In terms of my nonfiction writing, I want them to get something useful from my writing: practical tools they can use to build a better life and career. In terms of my fiction – which I will be publishing soon – I’d want them to feel the way I feel when I’m reading a good fiction book. Captivated and involved, and transported into the world of the story. That’s the magic of good writing – it can take you out of yourself.
What movie do you love to watch? Recently, I’ve been enjoying the Swedish “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series. I love how multi-layered the plots are. There’s a core mystery at the heart of the story, along with some interesting sub-plots, and of course interesting – and somewhat mysterious – characters. The perfect ingredients for a good film. Or a good book…
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? I think social media is a really important tool for indie authors. Sites like Facebook and Twitter aren’t the be all and end all (I think your own website and a mailing list are far more important in terms of online presence) but they are incredibly useful in helping us to build our online platform. If you want your writing to be read – and who doesn’t? – then you have to maximise the opportunities that readers have to find you, and social media can really help with that. The trick is to make sure it doesn’t become a chore to maintain. A balance has to be struck. I wrote about building an author platform recently, and in that article I talk about the importance of social media. http://www.cormackcarr.com/2012/09/02/building-an-author-platform/
If you could do any job in the world what would you do? The job I’m doing. That’s just as well, considering my first book How To Find Your Vital Vocation (http://www.viewbook.at/vitalvocation) is about finding your dream job! It’s a privilege to do the work I do. I manage a great charity, and coach terrific people, and I’m able to write and get my work out there into the world. I’m proud that I figured out the work that would make me happy and that I took the time to build it. I’m excited to see how this portfolio career of mine develops. I’m sure of one thing – my writing will continue to be at the heart of it.
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? My passion is helping people to realise their potential. We all have dreams inside us and too many of us let them dim before giving them a real chance. I think giving them a chance – even if they don’t quite take off – leaves us happier than not even trying to make them happen in the first place. And I don’t make any judgment about what those dreams should look like. I get irritated at self-help books and pundits who seem to think that everyone wants to be rich and famous and working for minutes a day from a hammock in the Bahamas. Actually, many of us are very happy doing jobs that some people would consider mundane. But if they make our heart sing, that’s what matters! How To Find Your Vital Vocation (http://www.viewbook.at/vitalvocation) is all about that. If I can help another person find their talents and use them to find their ideal work, then my own work has definitely been worth it.
Ready to choose or change your job? Stuck in work you hate? Think the career of your dreams is beyond your reach?
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO FIND YOUR VITAL VOCATION
If you don’t love your work, you deserve better – and with this book at your side, you can get it. A lively and potentially life-changing guide,How To Find Your Vital Vocation sets out a simple-to-follow yet profoundly effective process that will take you step-by-step from wherever you are now to a working life based on your most cherished dreams.
LEARN HOW TO:
- Hear the inner call that’s telling you what will make you truly happy
- Rediscover your gifts and use them to build a perfectly-tailored career
- Identify and overcome the obstacles that stand between you and your ideal work
- Create powerful networks to help you find great jobs that are never advertised
- Find out what it takes to become an entrepreneur of the future
- Maximise the impact of your job applications
- Ace every interview
- Attain reward levels that will help you thrive – even in this tough economy!
Put yourself in charge of your career – once and for all. Packed with valuable insights, powerful exercises and illuminating self-coaching questions, How To Find Your Vital Vocation will help you chart a practical path to a fun and fulfilling livelihood. In this comprehensive resource, expert career coach Brian Cormack Carr shows you how to find your passion and purpose and finally start doing the work you were born to do.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“Too many of us have gone about finding our livelihood in a haphazard way. Before long, we become a statistic in a job dissatisfaction survey. Happily, it doesn’t have to be that way and Brian Cormack Carr proves it. If you think that work should be about more – much more – than just a way to pay your bills, this book is the roadmap you’ve been looking for. Work with How To Find Your Vital Vocation for a short time and you’ll be working at your real work for a long time.”
~ BARBARA J. WINTER Bestselling author of Making a Living Without a Job
“Warm, witty and wise. I highly recommend this book. Brian knows his stuff and How To Find Your Vital Vocation is a breath of fresh air.”
~ GRACE OWEN Executive coach and author of The Career Itch
“I appreciated the step-by-step nature of Vital Vocation. It made finding a new career that much easier, and I’m still amazed at how well it helped me clarify what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”
~ DAVID Member of the Vital Vocation Online Coaching Programme
“Vital Vocation helped me focus after I had spent too long panicking and going nowhere. Now my part-time hobby has grown to a full-time occupation and I’ve finally given up the day job that was making me sad!”
~ STEVEN Member of the Vital Vocation Online Coaching Programme
Genre – NonFiction / Careers
Rating – G
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