Hey guys! Yesterday my significant other and I celebrated our nine year anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! Yesterday was a great day. I got a ton of comments from you guys about my vlog. I’m glad you guys liked it! I took yesterday off because of my anniversary and planned to vlog today but I’m sick. I’m all stuffed up and you guys wouldn’t be able to understand what I’m saying anyways. Hopefully I’ll be better by Monday!
Something else awesome happened yesterday. Squidoo had this contest where people could create a lens about a nonfiction book and enter it in a contest. Everyone could vote for the best lens and the winner would get some extra promotion and a $20 Amazon gift card.
I spent some time crafting a lens about a book that’s very special to me that I really want more people to get a chance to discover and read. I even emailed the author and she answered some questions so I could add a short interview to the lens. I sent out some emails and did some tweeting when voting started and I actually managed to win! You can see the lens here:
The book I wrote about is “Plus Size Confidence” by Jeni Starr. I found this book right after it came out when Tiffany Dow mentioned it on her blog and it was at the perfect time. I’ve always struggled with confidence, but sometimes it was just worse than others. It really helped me change how I see myself and the world around me so more than anything I just wanted more people to know that this book exists.
The best part? A few people have already picked up the book after reading my lens. It’s a $0.99 book, so it’s not the commission that makes me happy, it’s the fact that I KNOW that book can make their lives better.
Sometimes the best feeling is knowing that you’ve been able to help someone. I think it’s important to take a minute from time to time and really think about what your business brings to the world and to your customers. Are you making their lives easier by providing a service? Are you teaching them a valuable skill that will help them reach their goals? I’m not saying not to think about the money. We’re obviously doing this to make a living, but it’s important to think about the end result of the things you are doing in business.
With everything I do I try to think about my customers and whether or not what I’m doing is actually helping them or making things easier for them. If it’s not, then it’s probably not something I really want to do.