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Have the balls to stand for something and let it shape your future. Plus, signing a book deal.

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I did something that'll shape my long term future.

It'll define me and show the world, should they give a crap, what my biggest thoughts are, and what kind of person I am.

When this gets out, some doors might slam shut. Others will open so wide you could get my neighbour and her incredibly rectangular bingo mates through it side by side - in gangs of ten!

So what did I do?

I signed a publishing agreement to write a book called "How to Be a Superhuman:  Using the Amazing Power of Social Networks to Make a Living, Make a Life, and Make a Difference".  The currently bare page went up on Amazon today and sparing disaster, the book'll be available in the spring.

OK, so it's not that dramatic! But hey, it's a big deal for me and I'm very pleased I've got this opportunity to write something I'm passionate about.

It's as if that woolly idea, that's always been some distance in the future, now has bones.

Soon it'll have flesh, guts, a life of it's own. Yes, something of me will be in those pages, and to some degree, I'll be defined, and judged, by it.

The reality is, instead of being only an idea which may be infinitely great, with no compromise or dirty rotten bits, my book will be "out there" and everyone will see how amazing, or crap, it is!  

(Sorry for the melodrama! - it definitely will not be crap! - though actually, in the scheme of things my book's of negligible significance but ya get my point eh? - It's massively important to me!  I reckon it'll help us focus on the good we can do together and inspire us to make a real difference for each other and the world! - I mean it, why write anything if you don't think it'll be amazing?)

Anyway, though I'm bursting to tell you all about it, I better save the details for future posts and videos. Then, even librarians won't keep me quite.

Why am I telling you this?

For loads of reasons, not least because I'm grateful for all the lovely, kind, generous, and outstandingly bright people I'm getting to know through our global, digital connectedness. I truly appreciate all the inspiration and love that comes my way through you guys! And if you care about people, you naturally want to share stuff with 'em, right?

Second, I know you'll help me with this book (telling me about inspiring people and stories) and you'll share it with others too, so I want you to be part of what I'm up to from the start.

The third reason's related, and came from a post I read called "If We Want To Be Champions, We Should Talk About Our Goals" by Matthew Goldsbrough.  It's only short, but a great little piece about a boxer named David Haye, perhaps you've heard of him? Anyway, that post kinda sums up another great reason why I'm telling you this today: if we get our ideas out there, instead of keeping 'em in our heads and never taking action, we increase the likelihood of making sensational things happen (and perhaps too, the risk of frightening ourselves to death - deal with it, why don't ya!).

I've had 134 million great book ideas, but this is the first time I've been really serious about actually plonkin' my ass on a chair long enough to write one! Oh yea, I really have discovered some important things I'm passionate about. I've stuff to say that I reckon'll help us build caring, generous, more on-purpose lives too, so I guess that's the forth reason I'm telling you this stuff!

And like a slinky radio DJ, that link brings us smoothly to this:


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I think I've found mine. In fact, deep down, I've always known what my passions are, and my purpose, the "point" of my life, gets clearer everyday. I've found that purpose starts to emerge when we get in touch with our deepest passions, and start to be honest about them.

That's the thing we've got to have the balls to get "out there" - the thing we really care about, that we want to tell the world more than anything else!  Find that thing (or things), then figure out ways to build more of your life around it!

But if you're struggling with this next question, help is on the way.

How do we find our passion in life?

A question lots of people ask.

Sure it is. But it's a question that results in quite a bit of frustration, confusion, and for some, paralysis! Perhaps we should re-frame it and ask "how can we find our passions (more than one!) in life".

If we could just stay still for a moment, I think most of us could see really obvious clues as to what our passions are. I know one of the major blockages is figuring out how, and believing we can, turn our passions into a lifestyle where we can still pay the bills and get by in the so-called "real world".

But don't let those thoughts hold you back from this great video, it's one of the clearest most helpful we'll find on the subject!

Thanks very much Randy Komisar and to Seth Simonds!

And remember when experimenting with finding our passions and doing stuff with them "don't worry, be crappy!".  Take risks.  Get stuff out there!  We'll get better and better at it when we listen to feedback and have a little patience.

That's what I'm doing with this book:  by writing it, and having it published, I'm putting an idea "out there".  With your help and encouragement along the way I know I've got every chance of producing something amazing - I thank you!

If you found that helpful, there's more inspiring stuff here:  Want to live with passion? Follow your DNA.

I love it that you bothered to read this post.  I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful, thanks!  I always like to know what you think.  Did you find your passion?  Your purpose?  How?  What have you discovered about following your passions and having a clear purpose?  Any advice?  See you in the comments.  Much love, Ian.


Think Better.  Feel Better.  Take an Aspin.


Your comments:

Ellee says:
29/09/2010 22:18:38

Congratulations on your book deal, I know how exciting the feeling is.


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  • Ian AspinLocation: Lancaster Lake District, UK
  • Bio: I’m passionate about my work:TV journalist, producer, presenter, business ideas person. I care about: family, friends, helping people, finding meaning, running