I was never a writer. I didn’t like to write either. And I’ve had all the excuses I mentioned above.
When I was in elementary and high school, Math was my favourite subject. Whenever I got bored studying my lessons and I wanted to relax, I would start solving Math problems.
Words? They didn’t have much appeal to me then.
Writing? Oh…taxing! Reading? Boring!
My original course in college was Bachelor of Science in Public Administration but the books and articles we were required to read tortured me! And so I shifted to Bachelor of Science in Business Economics on my second year in college. Less readings, more Math, equals more fun!
I was not a writer. I didn’t like to write, either. Today, I’ve written and published twelve (12) books.
Do you want to know what it takes to write a book? You write because you care and you have a message to share.
You Can Write a Book!
My message to you is simple.
You can write a book!
Writing a book doesn’t require a writer. It requires a messenger. You are the message.
Get this. If you can send a text message and the other person understood your message, you can write a book.
If you can post a Facebook status that merits a Like or a Comment, you can write a book.
If you wrote your thesis in college, you can definitely write a book!
If you know how to write a sentence, then you can write a book.
Sentences make up a paragraph. Paragraphs make up a chapter. Chapters make up a book. Simple, isn’t it?
A Book is a Conversation Starter
May I share with you another intangible and priceless benefit of becoming a published author? I realized that a book is a great conversation starter.
I love meeting new people. When I attend seminars and I’d like to thank the speaker for his inspiring talk, I would approach him, thank him, and give him a copy of my book.
I attended the Toastmasters International Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 2014. There were about 3,000 delegates from more than 126 countries all over the world.
I met the World Champions of Public Speaking. I met renowned international authors and speakers. After their talks, I approached some of them at the back stage and gave them a copy of my latest book Money & Me.
On Day 2, I bumped into this famous man again in the lobby of Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
I said, “Hi, Mark! It’s me again. Sha Nacino from the Philippines.”
His reply surprised me. “Of course, Sha! I remember you. You gave me a copy of your book yesterday. Others gave me their business cards. You were the only one who gave me a book.”
And guess what? I’m now friends with some of these international speakers and authors. We communicate via email. I just got myself a fleet of international authors and speakers as my mentors!
I didn’t know that such a simple gesture of giving your book to a speaker can go a loooooooong waaaaay!
Here were some photos of me with some local celebrities as well as global speakers.
…and here’s me with Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is the bestselling author of the book series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” He is my mentor and we met in person for the first time when I joined him in his seminar on board the Royal Carribbean Cruise. We boarded and docked in Miami, Florida and went to Honduras, Mexico, and Bahamas.
Over time, I also grew in my character, competence, and reach and I got to travel the world as a trusted global speaker. Here were some of the photos.Over time, I also grew in my character, competence, and reach and I got to travel the world as a trusted global speaker. Here were some of the photos.
In 2018, we had the first-ever GLOBAL AUTHORS SUMMIT which took place in Makati City, Philippines. Here’s a short video highlights of that event.
Global Authors Summit™ 2018 Highlights