Imagine investing the better part of three years writing hundreds, if not thousands of internet articles, without any specific purpose in mind other than to write them.
One day, looking at some 33,000 writers that have fewer pieces to their credit, you gaze down from your perch, surrounded by nobody but yourself, and your fond memories of millions of clickers that have read your stuff; but that’s all.
They haven’t bought a book from you because you don’t have one—you’ve been too busy on your typing treadmill crafting articles to spin out anything else.
And this thought hits you:
Gee, I’ve really done it!
Now, what can I do with it, with this remarkable body of work, with this unique accomplishment of mine?
Before you think this is a problem that afflicts only those who create for the joy of creating, it’s not true.
Right at this moment, there are hundreds of thousands of licensed lawyers who don’t want to practice for another day. Their question: What else can I do with a law degree, besides practice?
Ditto for doctors.
My physician confided that she’d love to do what I do, giving speeches and seminars around the globe, while writing articles and books and developing various audio and video properties. She even mentioned that team of TV lady docs, Berman and Berman, as being her heroines.
Career changers and hopefuls, and lots of other folks are facing what I term, a “translation problem. "
They need to translate their credentials, experiences, resumes, accomplishments, and skills into a different arena than the conventional. It involves thinking outside of the box, but more than that, it demands the flexibility to imagine being successful in what could be an entirely different walk of life.
That article “tycoon, " with a wealth of electronic pages to his credit, can certainly pitch himself as a freelance writer, or even as an editor. He can assemble some of his articles and transform the thematically-related into e-books and conventional ones, as well.
He can try to reach stardom via YOU TUBE or some other internet radio or TV outlet, doing little more than READING what he has already written.
And of course, he can consult to others who wan t to build their own portfolios of articles.
I could go on.
George Foreman, that beefy boxer who went from punching to pitching his own hamburger grills on TV, knows a thing or two about translating his enthusiasm to new arenas.
There’s always a second or third “act" for someone who has accomplished anything dramatic, as Foreman did by being the oldest man to reclaim the heavyweight championship title.
So, don’t worry about these world-beaters in other areas, even in what seem to be the most far-flung or improbable.
Fortune still favors the bold. Sooner or later, their fortunes will catch up with them!
Best-selling author of 12 books and more than 850 articles, Dr. Gary S. Goodman is considered “The Gold Standard"-the foremost expert in sales development, customer service, and telephone effectiveness. Top-rated as a speaker, seminar leader, and consultant, his clients extend across the globe and the organizational spectrum, from the Fortune 1000 to small businesses. He can be reached at: email@example.com .