In today’s post, I share with you an interview I did with Nick Blue, author of dark comedy and fiction.
As an author-entrepreneur, I am also the publisher of my books.
This means I need to market my books. And interviews with other authors are a great way to make friends in the author community as well as gain exposure for your books.
Nick invited me to speak about my upcoming book launch for Escape The Cubicle as well as asking me to share some tips for new authors. In this interview I talk about:
Why I wrote this book
Why our mindset is the only thing holding us back
Practical steps you can take straight away to write your own book
How to stop fear from holding you back
How to financially prepare for big changes in your life
The power of making committed decisions to change your life
How to use structures and routines to help you achieve your goals
This was originally recorded as a podcast but we had some technical issues so here is the transcribed interview. I hope you enjoy!
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Sukhi Jutla from TheAuthorEntrepreneurs.com
Sukhi has a new book out in July entitled ESCAPE THE CUBICLE: QUIT THE JOB YOU HATE. CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE
Nicky – Hi Sukhi, what inspired you to write this book?
Sukhi: This book was born out of my frustrations of working in the corporate world for 12 years which became soul destroying after a while.
I studied economics and spent 12 years in investment banking. All I wanted to do was to be a writer or do something creative and run my own business.
I had no idea of how I would do that at the time.
I realised I had forgotten what I love doing. This forced me to go back to basics and ask myself what I was really about.
I spent some time soul-searching and reading a tonne of self-development books, relearning what my purpose was.
I learnt to tap into my potential because I knew I had a lot to give. That’s what drove me to write this book.
My aim is to help other people find their passion and purpose, to enable them to unleash their highest potential.
Nicky – It’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of a job you don’t like, especially if it’s providing a decent wage. It can be hard to see outside of it.
Sukhi: I completely agree.I think the biggest obstacle people have is finding the correct mindset.
We get caught in a rut with a limited view of what could be available to us. Our mindset can be our biggest obstacle.
The life we are living today was born from the thoughts we had yesterday. So, we need to address what we are thinking today to make our plan for the future.
This is where it’s important to tap into the intuitive voice inside of us that already knows what we really want. It’s normally fear that clouds us from hearing that voice.
Nicky: I was in a similar situation, stuck in a job I really didn’t enjoy, but it paid well. I think what held me back was the fear of not being able to pay all my overheads if I was to leave my career.
Sukhi: yes, that is a worry for people. For me, I had to make quite a few changes to my lifestyle.
People talk about making sacrifices, but I didn’t see it that way. These changes enabled me to live the life I wanted to lead.
I sold my car and all these shiny objects that I had accumulated. I saved as much as I could while I was still in my job.
I passionately believe that each one of us has something totally unique to give to the world. Thinking about how we can give to and serve the world is key to identifying this rather than how we can make a fast buck.
We must live in accordance with what our own definition of success is rather that how society judges it. We need to live in accordance with our values.
Nicky – What advice would you give to someone in full-time work that wanted to write their first novel?
Sukhi: First, make a committed decision that this is what you are going to do because then you need to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.
Secondly, I would put in place a structure or routine around it. I carried a notebook with me and would write for 30 minutes on the way to work and for 30 minutes on lunch break.
By the time I got home exhausted from working in such a toxic environment, I did at least feel empowered by having written for an hour during the day. I wrote a novel and two short stories in the space of a year.
This gave me the confidence to see I could achieve what I wanted. I am now living the life I always dreamed off. I am the Co-founder of a tech company as well as a business and life coach.
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Also published on Medium.