Passionate Persistence

Writing and editing my book, Birthing the Elephant: the woman’s go-for-it! guide to overcoming the big challenges of launching a business, was a labor of love. It took a year to finish. Part portable success coach, part action guide, Birthing the Elephant takes aspiring women entrepreneurs step by step through the first 22 months of a start-up, showing them smart moves to make and pitfalls to avoid.

In the book, we had wonderful interviews from successful entrepreneurs and I felt passionate about getting it out into the world and making the book a success.
But when it came to finding a high-profile endorser for the book cover, we hit a major roadblock. We tried the co-founder of eBay, but she was about to resign to launch a political career. We tried the co-founder of Zipcar, but she had left the company. Finally, our publisher suggested Jessica McClintock. She was a self-made entrepreneur with a thriving design empire — and she’d had her ups and downs along the way. She was perfect!

I found her phone number and called. Voice mail, of course. I left my name and a message. No response. I waited a few days and left a second message on voice mail. Nothing. On Thanksgiving Eve, I don’t know why, but I got a strong feeling that I should call again. I picked up the phone. Bingo! Jessica was working alone in her office. I told her my book was written to help aspiring entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. She listened, then said that she didn’t usually endorse things, but if I sent her some information, she would take a look.

I Fedexed a package right out for Saturday delivery to Jessica’s home, as she requested. But it was a holiday weekend. Would she take the time to look it over? I soon had my answer. That Monday when I listened to my voice mail, I was greeted by a fabulous quote from Jessica! To this day, I wonder what compelled me to call on Thanksgiving Eve. But it reminded me that with passion and persistence, we can always find a path to our dreams.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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