Reading: Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade (it’s highly unlikely this is his real name). I find this book fascinating as it was written by an ex-con who came to be known as El Entrenador (The Coach). This is because Paul became an expert at strength conditioning in prisons (he spent the better part of 20 years in jail in the US). He knew how to become strong and get fit using very little else apart from his body weight. After all, most jails don’t come equipped with personal trainers or access to Fitness First.
Paul traded his expertise for favours on the inside and his step-by-step plan is laid out in this book. Why am I reading it? Well, obviously I have no intention to go to jail any time soon but I do love the idea of becoming stronger using your own body weight. Then you are not hanging out with the steroid-filled body builders in the local gym who hog the machines. Plus, I have a secret desire to do a one-armed pushup. I spoke to the publisher of this book, John Du Cane of Dragon Door Publications, and he thinks it will take me nine months. I let you know!
Note that Convict Conditioning 2 is out soon (sounds like a Stallone franchise huh?) but I figured I’d get the basics right first. In the meantime, you can buy a copy here. Or I bought mine on Kindle through Amazon.
Listening: Girl Talk. Infectious digital mashups of songs that you would never think to put together. Girl Talk is actually Gregg Michael Gillis, a musician who releases his music under Creative Commons licences. Excellent music to work out to.
Watching: Glee. Love that show.
Buying: Not a lot. This has largely due to the big project I’ve been working on. Regular readers will know (particularly if you’ve been following my Tweets) that I’ve been consumed with a major project with an unrealistic deadline lately. This project required superhuman effort to accomplish. And because I’ve done this kind of thing before – but admittedly emerged a wreck at the end of it – I thought I could do it again. And yes, it’s possible. But I got a huge wake up call yesterday when I found out that someone I know has just had a major health scare. She was doing the exact same thing as me – in fact, we are working on very similar projects, except that she is on the other side of the world. She, too, was also undertaking a major project with an extremely tight deadline, requiring superhuman effort to make it happen.
So we were both pulling allnighters and putting the rest of our lives on hold in order to achieve our goals. But, while we know it’s superhumanly possible, a health scare can put a lot of things into perspective. Proving that you can achieve the impossible is very empowering – but what’s the point if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy it?
I’ve revised my deadline to one that’s more “human”, which means I may actually have some time to get out and buy things soon!
Making: Bolognaise. Yes twice this week so far. I’m not very adventurous in the kitchen at the moment.
Planning: 2012. It’s so exciting to be planning what we’re doing next year. We’ve got a tonne of innovative programs in store. So watch this space.
Loving: Getting emails from people who are writing to Rex – yes, my cat! Seems like he’s getting his own following. I’m still a closet stage mother. If any pet food companies want to hire him to grace their cat food tins, call me.
Being: A different person to the one I was last week. Thanks to making the decision above, I’m more relaxed, less stressed and really looking forward to the rest of the month. I’m excited about going to Melbourne next week for our Melbourne Spring Writers’ Carnival.
I’ll be presenting “How to write a business book”.
If you are a business owner, coach, consultant or expert, a compelling business book is the ideal way to showcase your expertise. This seminar shows you: the steps you need to take to turn your idea into a printed book; how to structure your book; what to include; your publishing options and much more.
This seminar will cover:
- how to make your business book different to the rest of the market the right way to structure your book
- innovative ways to keep your reader interested and engaged
- whether you should write it yourself – or outsource to a ghostwriter
- your publishing options – mainstream publishers versus self-publishing
- how to use your book as a lead generation tool
- the basics of publicity and promotion
- and MUCH more.
Friday 7 October 2011
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Location: Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street (opp Queen Victoria Market)
Melbourne VIC 3000
For more information or to enrol, go to www.yourbusinessbook.com.au