Given the sacrifices she was making, Giarrusso didn’t want to mess around. She puts a high priority on personal time, so she promised herself that her sacrifice would not go beyond 90 days.
Of course, we are all human. Our best intentions are distressingly easy to derail, especially in the evening and on the weekends. Giarrusso was ahead of herself; she outwitted any self-defeating tendency to frig around. Here’s how she hacked her focus.
‘So many things in my life had been incomplete. I had given up. I got academic scholarships, career opportunities, and placements, but I quit them all when they got hard or boring.’
Written from idea to manuscript in two and a half months, including two edits, Saunders’ book marked a change: the end of a turbulent and unhappy period, and the start of a new career. Since publishing her first book in 2014, Saunders has started a consultancy, advising athletes about how to get sponsorship and companies about how to make the most of their sponsorship programs.
Ninety (90) days is a generous time frame to write a great business book. And the faster you write it, the better it will be.
Most would-be authors don’t believe me when I tell them they can write a book in 90 days. Three years sounds more realistic to their ears. They are tempted to believe me, but they have a niggling suspicion that keeps undermining their belief – it wouldn’t be a book worth reading. How could it be an awesome, quality book?
Publishing makes us vulnerable – naked in front of our readership. A book, no matter how businesslike, is an intimate insight into the mind of its author. And authors know it. Many hang on to their manuscripts, hiding them from the world, for fear of what others will think, and clinging to an illusion of controlling their reactions with one more rewrite.
And so, publishing is the act of letting go. We cannot escape the vulnerable feelings that such an act inspires. So how can we manage it?
Every reader has a finely tuned radar for pointless personal stories. Many of you probably wanted to stop reading after the first few words. Some of you may have felt a little jacked off at the underlying smugness of my words. For the rest of you, the question that instantly popped in your mind is ‘So what?’