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Well, it’s January 14, and I am keeping my commitment to bring you Soupfly posts more often and in smaller bites-sorry,this one is not short. Today I would like to share with you some thoughts that I have learned along my journey to becoming a published author. Are these specifically relating to Service and Hospitality? No, but I do believe and hope that maybe I can be an inspiration to some of you, no matter what industry or profession you find yourself in.
First let me just take a moment to say-Woohoo! Yahoo! I am so excited and happy that my book, Getting to WOW! Everybody WINS with 5 Star Service is not only available for purchase, but I also received my first shipment of books from UPS to my door yesterday! What an exhilerating feeling it was to open that first box of books. See video below. As I’ve mentioned a couple times here, I have been working on this book for over 6 years! And this is not a 500 or 1000 page treatise or a War and Peace type novel. This book is only 242 pages. But yes it took 6 1/2 years! But guess what? NOW IT’S DONE. Now I can bring this information and content to people who will value and benefit from it.
I began writing this book because I felt that I had information of value to share with Professionals in the Service and Hospitality industry. I also desired to shine on a positive light on the profession seeing that the general public tends to not regard very highly people who work in the service industry. In fact there is a very common false notion that people who are servers or bartenders are people that are not quite as educated, or for some reason aren’t able to get hired at a “real job”. Let me just put that notion to rest and say that those who work in the Service Industry are often very educated, not only with college degrees but also with common knowledge, and real world life experience.
I truly enjoyed and sometimes miss my days of serving, however, I actually got out of the business so I could have my nights and weekends free and so I could focus my time on writing Getting to WOW! I believed (and still do, of course) that I can be of greater service to a larger amount of people, by writing and sharing my knowledge. It has been a most exciting, wonderful journey from inception of the idea-the day when I said to myself, “I”m going to write a book for the Service and Hospitality Industry”, to the day when it was finished, published and available for sale. That is, the day that it-my dream, became an actual reality. I have learned many valuable lessons along the way, some which I’d like to briefly share here with you.
These are not in any particular order or format. Just thoughts on what I’ve learned.
* DREAM IT, BELIEVE IT & BE POSITIVE-Certainly, anyone who even knows me, even a little, will attest that I am a Positive Minded person. That is definitely one of my best qualities, that, and my good looks, of course. (And my humility) Ever since I had the idea to write a book, I imagined myself as an author. I believed it. I kept a positive mindset. I did not listen to the naysayers-Ok, maybe I listened but only briefly. I am of the mind that, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” What about you? What’s your dream, your grand goal, heart’s desire? Have you always dreamed of becoming an author, starting a band, becoming a famous painter, traveling the world, starting a charitable foundation, opening your own business, trying out for American Idol??? What is your dream? Have you written it down on paper? Brainstormed it?
*YOU DON’T NEED PERMISSION-Look, nobody from Hay House, or Harper and Collins or Wiley, or any other publisher-big or otherwise, contacted me and said, “Hey Christoff, we think you should write a book. You’d make a great author. Here’s a bunch of money for you to go do it.” NO, it did not happen like that. And you, know, it probably isn’t going to happen for you in that manner either. If you have the dream, you have the vision, you don’t need your family, your friends or anyone in authority to deem you ready to go do it. You just have to realize that if the dream is inside you-it’s there for a reason. You just need to start. I had the idea for the book and I just started scribbling notes, writing ideas. Two of my favorite things in the world are notebooks and pens. If I have them then I can start creating, I can start making something happen. How about you-what do you need to start? If you’re waiting for permission-you have it.
*LET YOUR ADMIRATION TURN INTO INSPIRATION-I’ve always been a reader, a lover of books and I’ve always respected and honored authors. Often, when I would be reading a favorite author, like Dr. Wayne Dyer, or Jack Canfield, or any of a myriad of others, I would admire them, and just be grateful for the knowledge and information that they share that has helped thousands and even millions of people. But then I would allow that admiration to turn into inspiration. I would think to myself. “Why can’t I do that? Why can’t I become a famous author that positively effects the minds and lives of people arount the world?” Answer-I can. So can you. Find or model someone who is successfully doing what you want to do, become and allow them to be a motivation and an inspiration for you to pursue your Grand Dream.
These are just a few thoughts of things I’ve learned along my journey. I’ll share more in Part 2. I hope this has been of benefit and that this has served you.
Finally, Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have ordered a copy of Getting to WOW!, who have encouraged me, motivated me, pushed me and inspired me to reach this goal. You all have been a part of my journey. Now a new part of the journey begins of getting my message out there, sharing this knowledge and information to others who can appreciate and benefit from it.
We’ll be having an Official Getting to WOW! Book Launch for 30 days, from February 2-March 3, 2015. Details to be coming soon.
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God bless you all and Cheers!
Christoff J. Weihman
Las Vegas, NV