Let-downs and pick-me-ups: On the road with “The Power of Ownership”

People often ask me, “How’s your book selling?” I am happy to report “just fine, thank you.” It’s the “THANK YOU” part that I can’t stress enough! Your support, reviews, likes and tweets are what keep this new author going strong. Sure, I like good sales numbers (who doesn’t?) but it’s hearing your many stories of struggle and success during my roadshow that makes promoting “The Power of Ownership: How to Build a Career and a Business” an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience.

Just this week, The Detroit Free Press published my very personal take on the downfall of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. This is a respected newspaper that I helped many a professional client “get in” during my years in public relations. This time, I was the one with a voice. Kilpatrick’s tale is well-known, so I won’t rehash it here. What I wanted to remind readers was to respect the opinions of others, especially the wiser ones, and not just your friends’. Be honest, stay true to yourself, and don’t be greedy. Such simple advice for complex times. The younger version of Kwame I first met showed me such promise. The older, shameful Kwame will walk away from federal prison years from now, wishing he had taken my advice.

Talking to the West Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, October 2013

Talking to the West Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, October 2013

Onto better and brighter things: It was a fabulous sunny October day in Detroit! The Tigers soon will see their ace Justin Verlander pitch Game 5 of the ALDS, the Red Wings are back on the ice, and the Lions will welcome the Browns to the jungle this Sunday. I spent the day in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week talking to the West Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America about my book, which draws from my years in PR and talks about career accountability and business success. The week prior, I was in Lansing to speak with graduates of the “Michigan Shifting Gears” program for mid- to senior-career transitionalists, hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. I had another blog about building a business in Detroit run in dBusiness back in September, and continue to promote the book everywhere from chambers of commerce to colleagues over coffee.

And, on Saturday, October 19, I will be signing books at the Next Chapter Book Store & Bistro in Northville, Michigan from 2:30-4 p.m. If you haven’t yet purchased the book, or already ordered it off of Amazon, stop by and I’ll personally sign your copy!

Throughout my journey as a new author, I have experienced a few downs, and luckily, many ups. What I keep hearing from readers and social media fans is: “We’re glad you wrote this book. Your messages are simple, yet their meaning for success in career in business so profound.” I wrote this book to be to-the-point and matter-of-fact, which is what got me past failure and guided my success through the years. I hope the book and this blog will for you, too.

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