I just had a great conversation with an uber-impressive person about possibly writing a book with them, and it made me want to write this. (Probably because part of me wants them to read it and decide to pick me over the other three writers they’re interviewing.) We talked for 45 minutes and by the end of it I was blown away by how good their heart is and by how alike we think and by how freaking badly I want to work with them on their book and how perfectly I know we’d work together.
I’d say it was a lock if I was 10 years and a few more books older — on paper, that’s the biggest difference between me and the other folks. Compared to them, even though I know I’m good enough for the job, I look like a toddler. One guy has 20 years experience and has written a lot of successful books and you know, if I’m Uber Impressive Person, I have a hard time picking me instead of that dude.
When asked to sell myself over them, all I could say was that I care about the work I do beyond another project, another paycheck, another step forward in my career — those are all secondary to my big bleeding heart.
Because it isn’t about making money to me, and being a writer isn’t about “being a writer” and writing books isn’t about saying “I write books.”
I want to write books that mean something, books that explore a different angle on the world than people have seen before and maybe nudge people to do new things and think new ways and maybe also stir up something passionate inside of people.
And not for me, but for you, and for people everywhere. This is one of the biggest things I’ve learned from writing Behind The Drive. The best things in life that we accomplish are never about us. They are always about helping others.
That’s how Kenney Moore built a billion dollar company. And it’s how, I hope, to one day build a billion dollar empire out of books, because you can do a lot with an empire like that.
Maybe it’s older brother syndrome — I’m the oldest of five — or maybe it’s because I’m a dad now and feel like I’ve always sort of been a dad at heart — I don’t know — I’ve just always had this overwhelming urge to understand people and help them however I can. (I’m still learning how to not be obnoxious about it.)
And I’m passionate about what I do because I believe more every day that the best and most meaningful and most helpful books are simply good stories well told.
And — ahhhhhhh, man, this book, with this person — it would be so much more than just another story. It would send shockwaves through our culture. It’s dizzying what this book could do.
I forget who said it but someone once said that if you want to change the world, pick up your pen. And my pen is up, even though it’s technically a keyboard most of the time, but the point is, I’m ready, let’s rock this world, let’s roll.