There are many , many reasons to write a book but this is one of the best: You can make your Mom proud. Feel free to substitute in “Dad,” your spouse’s or significant other’s name, your kids, your grandparents, your friend who has always believed in you and cheered you on. Maybe even yourself…
Some of us work in professions that are kind of hard to explain. (Is it just me or does the job title “Inner Visionary” sound a little nebulous?) The internet and social media have opened up fields that are now common place but weren’t heard of ten years ago. Social Media Content Curator is a title that could be a glorified V.A. or could represent a multi-million dollar internet resource.
People are more comfortable when they can categorize you, stick a label on you and feel as if they know who you are and what you do. (They don’t, of course, but let’s not disabuse them.) Think about this: have you ever met someone with a strange job title or just a job title that doesn’t make sense to you and for some reason, you don’t completely trust them? Something is just a little off? (It’s your comfort level, not necessarily their job.)
Or maybe someone introduces themselves as a “consultant” and the word “unemployable” pops into your head.
Write a book on your topic or field and you move up to the title of author. “Author” is familiar, it is a known entity, it signifies accomplishment. People can easily wrap their heads around the word. An author is easy to categorize. As a bonus, it’s a title that garners respect (even if it’s grudging respect from that older sibling who still thinks it’s fun to put you in a headlock and give you noogies).
The title of author adds weight, gravitas if you will. Tens of thousands of people are coaches or consultants. Adding the words “and Author”) puts you above the crowd.
So make your Mom proud. Write a book.