It’s Nation-Building Tuesday!
Time to don your tricorne and get out your quill pen…
A few weeks ago, I finalized my chapter outline for the book I’m writing about nation-building. I sent it off to my publisher. VICTORY!
He responded with enthusiasm. Then he asked me to do a simple exercise — to take out the metaphor and see if it still felt strong. No problem, I thought. I’m confident…this book is going to be awesome.
I got out my pen, ready to make the changes. But after the first chapter, I realized…this is not easy. After the second chapter, I felt like I was slogging through a tunnel of muck. By the time I got to the third chapter, I started to despair when I realized, This is not the book I want to write.
So I emailed my publisher:
The big problem that nation-building solves is this — nobody cares. You work night and day over something, and it’s met with half-hearted congratulations. They say the opposite of love is indifference…that’s what most small business owners are faced with every single day. They pour their blood and sweat and LOVE into something, and it’s met with utter indifference.
Nation-building is a framework for creating something that the people will pour their hearts and sweat into, right alongside you. THAT’S what this book needs to be.
I had been thinking about it all wrong because I hadn’t articulated why nation-building matters to me. I don’t care about getting businesses better conversion through a community-based business model (though that happens). I care about making work that changes people and overcomes the threat of their indifference.
This week’s nation-building directive: Why do you really care about building your nation? Forget what other people think and what sounds good on paper. Why are you doing this? Why does this matter? If it helps to have a sounding board, you can send me your response on Facebook or Twitter, or just leave a comment below.
Updates and happenings:
- The effervescent Bernardo Mendez at Your Great Life TV interviewed me! I love this guy’s positive spirit…watch us talk here if you’re looking for a boost of optimism in your day.
- The upcoming Tour de Bliss is now eight weeks instead of four. (For those who don’t know, the Tour de Bliss is an online business retreat I’ve been running over the last year…now focused on nation-builders.) I had originally planned on embarking on April 24th, but I realized I needed to add more weeks to teach this material effectively. If there’s one thing I don’t want, it’s to cram too much information into too little time…and it was getting to that point. I’m now hoping to embark in May or June with a free 3-day excursion that leads into our eight weeks together.
- I’ll be at the World Domination Summit July 5-7th in Portland. Are you going? Let me know…I’m really looking forward to meeting fellow nation-builders there!