My heart goes out to every walking wound and broken heart who still chooses to be a source of light despite a world that repeatedly shows you darkness. Your struggles are rarely seen and the degree of pain you’ve experienced in life is felt by few. And as much as what you do goes unnoticed and unappreciated, you keep pushing forward with love, light, and kindness instead of apathy or darkness. You are truly heroes.
My first book features approximately 400 lessons based on actual experiences compiled into a single volume. In the course of 8 years, many of the excerpts of lessons that I published online went viral – reaching a global audience in the tens of millions (often without attribution). Over the years, many of my most viral pieces have been plagiarized or mistakenly attributed to known authors like Paulo Coelho.
I literally devoted thousands of hours to the lessons in this book and thousands more to ensure that its contents – from the first page to the last – were of a consistent high quality & offered something of potential value to readers. I chose to self-publish because publishers are primarily focused on profits above all else and I wanted to be certain that my book met my vision without interference from “the system”. I wanted this book to be about one thing, the potential value it provides. I truly poured my heart into this book & I hope it shows. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best book I could have written without taking years more to write it.
I’m proud of it.
Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1. It’s on Amazon.
I received my first heartfelt “thank you” for my book this afternoon from a man who said the ending almost made him cry. Which sounds about right, because the ending almost made me cry when I wrote it.
It’s nice when emotions can transcend words like that. And I have to admit his “thanks” just now made me a little teary eyed.
He’s buying a copy for a friend. And says there are a number of lessons he wants his kids to read, so he’s “putting pages around the house”.
If that’s not one of the most complimentary things I’ve ever read, I don’t know what is.
Artists writers & creators, resist the urge to seek instantgratification. What you unveil today is simply the foundation of all your future work. Likes are hollow. Focus on your skills. It often takes years before creations/creators deserving of recognition actually get it.
FunFact: Those who benefit & profit from the current state of the world don’t want it to change. They want to ensure the statusquo even if it’s at your expense. Because when *they’re* benefitting, to hell with everyone else. Ah, the freedom of wealth & few consequences
Many people who say they support uniqueness still negatively judge & actively reject things that are different & openly mock creative displays of personalexpression. If you truly support “different thinking”, positive feedback & acceptance is far more congruent than mockery.
— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 20, 2019
People are influenced by example. Years of bad behavior on reality TV, abusive internet comments, a focus on superficiality & fame, and a lack of ethics, logic, empathy & emotional intelligence in leadership roles have all played their part in giving people permission to imitate.
— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 19, 2019
Of course, we *could* keep bickering amongst ourselves forever & what fun that is! But consider for a moment that if our education system was properly funded to provide useful lifeskills & knowledge we would at least have far smarter things to bicker about with smarter people.
— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) January 17, 2019
That sentence you stumble on may be deliberate. Clarity & ease of reading is important. But not everything is intended to be read in the same way or at the same speed. Writers may intentionally slow down or speed up readers depending on how they want information to be ingested.
— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) December 26, 2018
This is not an excuse for poor writing, it’s simply to say there’s an art to writing that goes far beyond simply conveying information so that it is understood quickly. Sentences can be interactive.
— Zero Dean (@ZeroDean) December 26, 2018