My life has been super-charged over the last few months, so I took a bit of a blogging break. Did you miss me?
My Exciting Few Months
Over the last few months I’ve worked with some amazing new clients (check out the home page to see some of their testimonials), created a brand new product about which I’ll share more in time, built my private mastermind group (for clients and a select few others) into something so un-freaking-believably amazing that the members of the group surprise me with huge new milestones they’ve hit in their businesses every day … and I’ve interviewed some AWESOME people. One of those people is Brendon Burchard.
Who is Brendon Burchard?
Are you kidding me? Here’s a few happy snaps of him with his chums…
- Multiple New York Times and Amazon Bestselling Author
- One of the most prestigious, highly rated, and highly paid speakers and coaches in the world
- One of the biggest names in the ‘Expert’ niche
- Friend to all the major, intergalactic movers and shakers
Nice! Who is He REALLY?
You want to know what kind of person he is? Kind. Insightful. Resilient. Creative. Nerdy. Pretty much catnip for me. He and I talked about all kinds of amazing things. I’m not spilling those beans here. You’ll need to pick up this issue (August) of Writing Magazine for that. You can grab from WHSmith, etc, if you’re in the UK. If you live elsewhere, or prefer digital content, then type ‘Writing Magazine’ in the search bar where you normally buy apps. What I’d like to share with you here, though, is what he felt like to interview.
Over the weeks before I interviewed Brendon, I’d witnessed a massive textual outpouring of admiration, love, and in-awe-ness about the chap. It was the run up to the launch for his book The Charge and people were promoting him like crazy. What I noticed about the way that marketers spoke about him, though, was that they spoke in terms that were much more rarefied and revered than the other people they promoted. Those people who’d met him, or merely dreamt of doing so, spoke about him in the way that fans of a film star or singer might speak. On occasions, it was more akin to the kind of stuff you hear from royalists who’ve met The Queen. This man had the capacity to move people emotionally in a way I hadn’t seen with anyone in that niche except Tony Robbins. That was interesting to me.
Anyway, I arranged an interview date. As the date approached, I started to feel the weight of the expectations of others. Personally, I was intrigued and chilled out about the whole thing, but once everyone started to exclaim about what a big deal it was, I … well … I felt the frisson of expectation. Let’s just call it that. Let’s not suggest I was bricking it or anything.
The moment he answered the phone, I relaxed. The next hour was fabulous. Obviously, you need to read Writing Magazine to find out why. What I hadn’t anticipated, though, was how easily I would click with this stranger. It felt as though I’d known him for years. Cliché, I know, but it’s my blog. Normal rules do not apply. I wasn’t in awe. I felt connected. Here was another person who’d been through traumatic brain injury, worked through it, and used it as a way to get even more fascinated about the way the brain works. As a coma survivor, I appreciate it when I meet someone who’s done this. Here was another person who’d come close to death and had an epiphany. For him, it was to ask himself three questions: Did I live, did I love, did I matter? For me, it was intense gratitude for life, and a sense that I was destined to reach thousands through my words. Both of us have lived our lives to prove the positive outcomes of those revelations. Brendon has a way about him that is direct, without being harsh. He is soft without being weak. It’s a difficult line to tread and he does it well.
I’m tempted to launch into a review of The Charge, but I’ll stop myself there. Read the article and all that happened that hour will become clear. Read The Charge and, just maybe, your purpose in life will become clear too.
N.B. Images of Brendon with other celebrities are from Brendon’s blog.