I listened to an inspirational TED talk by Simon Sinek (via Robin Sullivan) and it's changed the way I think (seriously, it's that good).
Simon endorses a Why-How-What perspective of explaining who you are (as an author, company, movement). Most organizations (and people) start with What they do, then explain How they do it, and (maybe) get around to explaining Why. Simon gives compelling reasons (and examples!) of how leading with Why allows you to connect with people in a profound way.
At the same time, I've been the happy recipient of several blog awards (thank you Cherie, Gail, and Elizabeth) as well as being tagged a couple times (thank you Scott and Crystal), all of which require me to divulge some number of random facts about myself.
I could talk about the NASA work I've done, or how I ran for public office and served for four years, but that feels more like a resume and not what drives me today. Instead, I'm taking Simon's advice, which he boiled down to this: What you do proves what you believe.
So here are Ten Things I Believe.
10) I believe that authors should take risks in their craft and their careers.I strive to make everything I do prove these things that I believe.
9) I believe in making your own luck.
8) I believe failure is what happens when you're trying and success is what happens when you try again.
7) I believe every child has the ability to learn and is a special gift in the world.
6) I believe adults are responsible for guiding children into meaningful lives.
5) I believe the human mind is the most important resource on earth and the human spirit is the most precious treasure we have to protect.
4) I believe technology is as good or evil as the hands that hold it.
3) I believe the forces of good are more powerful than the forces of evil.
2) I believe one passionate person can make difference in the world.
1) I believe writing is an act of courage that shows the world who you are.
Consider yourselves awarded with banners of awesome and tagged with magic tagger sticks. Please tell me in the comments what you believe. Because that's what I want to know most about you!
The lovely Cherie Colyer is spotlighting my novel, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit on her blog today (thank you, Cherie!), as well as interviewing me with a few (much less serious) questions. And today is Omnific's Author Hop (thus the linky at the bottom).
p.s. no Friday post this week, as I've already reached my posting quota. :)