So there was no Monday Mixtape today, but it was nevertheless a very good day in the life of this happy black woman.
Today, I released my very first “real” book out into the world.
That’s my co-author Trista Harris on the left and me on the right. We did a photo shoot to promote the book with a Baltimore photographer named Tonika Garibaldi.
After over three months of writing, editing and promoting, me and my co-author made the decision to self-publish How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career. If your career is in the nonprofit field (or you want it to be), our book will totally rock your world. You can buy it here, if you are so inclined.
Today, I chose love over fear. How?
By pushing “publish” and giving the world access to over three years worth of my professional writing and contributions to the nonprofit career field. I gave an infinite number of people permission to view my art, to comment on it, to tell their friends whether it rocked socks or royally sucked.
There were so many reasons not to. I could have waited three more years until I felt like we were official “experts” who were “qualified” enough to write a book.
I could have given in to the notion that no one would want to listen to a couple of young black women giving out nonprofit career advice. After all, before today, a book of this type, penned by women who looked like us, had never been published before in the nonprofit field.
I could have given in to the lizard brain after the publisher rejected our book proposal. It kept asking, what do you know? Who are you to write an entire book and think people will actually buy it? You don’t even have a publisher!
We probably could’ve spent another month just editing the content and fixing little typos.
Which probably would have led to us scrapping the whole thing. Not because the book wasn’t a good one, but because perfection is the enemy of what’s already perfect.
And because that’s what happens when you let too much doubt creep into your dreams.
Instead, the lizard brain lost today. And I won.