A Fickle Wind

by Guest Author on July 19, 2014 · 0 comments

A Fickle Wind Cover

A book, which turned out to be A FICKLE WIND, has been float­ing around in my head for years. I started to share my time with a part­ner who lived on Van­cou­ver Island. Life was so much less hec­tic there than in my San Fran­cisco home city that it seemed like an ideal place to pur­sue my dream to become an author. I was quite amazed at how quickly I was able to move through the inte­gra­tion of per­sonal expe­ri­ences with those shared with me by my cousins and some inti­mate women friends. I made few notes and no drafts. I changed names and, to keep things straight, did have to record what I had named whom.

I worked vig­or­ously for about four months, but not daily and not to the exclu­sion of every­thing else in our lives, and pro­duced four­teen chap­ters. I had reached this point when we had house­guests and I took a two-week break. My woman friend asked to read what I had writ­ten, was most encour­ag­ing, and said she couldn’t wait to read the rest. Two days after they left, my part­ner became ill which resulted in my not work­ing on the book for about eigh­teen months. Not because he con­tin­ued to be sick but because we returned to San Fran­cisco and other activ­i­ties took prece­dence. I was con­stantly urged by my friend to con­tinue to write but had def­i­nitely started to won­der if I would be able to fin­ish the book with the same enthu­si­asm as before. When I finally returned to it I was quite relieved to find that I still had the same flow, and com­pleted it in about another four months.

But then, for me, the dif­fi­cult part began. What I expe­ri­enced with the first print­ing com­pany I engaged almost had me can­cel the whole project. The draft book I was sent con­tained six errors. There were a few half lines, a few uneven pages — noth­ing much. Notes were made and emailed to my con­tact. Then started the rounds of pdf files. I had expected the errors would be cor­rected and we would be good to go. No!! At least ten new errors appeared. These were cor­rected. This was a process that con­tin­ued, seem­ingly, ad infini­tum — many more new errors and cor­rec­tions by me — until, at round twelve, I called a halt, can­celled my con­tract, and lost most of my money.

I dreaded start­ing all over with another printer but I was for­tu­nate enough to find an excel­lent com­pany in 1106 Design, in Ari­zona. Almost the first thing I was told was that my cover, which I had com­mis­sion a friend to paint, would not be suit­able. They directed me to Shut­ter­stock to select pho­tographs that appealed to me as most cov­ers are designed in this way. They worked with me until I was happy with the new cover, which I absolutely love, and lived up to their word that they would pro­duce a book for me of which I would be proud. And I couldn’t be hap­pier! Moral of this story: Be very care­ful whom you entrust to turn your man­u­script into your trea­sured book. My first attempt was a night­mare. My sec­ond, a pleasure.

About the Author:

Eliz­a­beth Bourne left Eng­land as a young woman and now divides her time between Cal­i­for­nia and Canada. Travel is still an impor­tant pri­or­ity but she also enjoys par­tic­i­pat­ing in fam­ily life with her two daugh­ters and her grand­chil­dren. The seed to write was planted many years ago but it was not until recently, when Bourne had the unin­ter­rupted time to devote to it, that she decided to ful­fill her long-time ambi­tion to be a writer.  A Fickle Wind is her debut novel.

I have this con­ver­sa­tion with peo­ple (mainly musi­cians) when we’re talk­ing about what our goals are. I think a lot of musi­cians get into music for the for­tune and fame, not real­iz­ing that there are a very lucky few that achieve that. And I know so many super-talented musi­cians that have never “made it”. But going down that road you start won­der­ing what is “mak­ing it”. Many of us have achieved vary­ing degrees of suc­cess in the things we do, be it sports, danc­ing, pol­i­tics, etc. So, for those of us that have never got­ten there, wher­ever that is, but still have the love and the dreams, it’s good for us to keep in per­spec­tive why we do what we do.

For­tune and Fame

This is prob­a­bly the most attrac­tive rea­son for any­one to get involved in some­thing. In any class­room, in any part of the coun­try, a major­ity of kids want the glitz and glamor (I will admit this is prob­a­bly the first rea­son why I was attracted to music, but it’s not the rea­son I stuck with it). This can be a very pow­er­ful moti­va­tor. How­ever, it will also turn a lot of down-to-earth peo­ple off. And, the amount of peo­ple that actu­ally reach this point are infin­i­tes­i­mal com­pared to the num­ber that fail. So it is very good advice to love what you’re doing regard­less of this fac­tor. If it comes: great. But don’t get too hung up on this.

For the Labor

I think there’s a good amount of peo­ple that are great at what they do, but they don’t want to go any fur­ther than where they are. I see peo­ple like this all over: the city coun­cil­man that would never run for mayor, the pro­moter that only focuses on book­ing small clubs, the cook that never thinks about start­ing his/her own restau­rant. These are peo­ple that do what they do and are suc­cess­ful at it each day. But tak­ing an uncom­fort­able risk is not on the hori­zon. They’re pay­ing the bills and this keeps them busy. It’s bet­ter to have the motor run­ning than be stay­ing in one place. They’re con­tent with this and either age has set­tled them down or their out­look on life has.

For the Love of It

It is so pure when some­one loves what they do sim­ply because it ful­fills them. This has some­thing tied up with the super­nat­ural in my opin­ion; some­thing that can’t be taken from you regard­less of per­sonal success.

I think it’s good to keep in mind that many mas­ters of their craft were not well known or even respected until well after they were gone (think Nick Drake, or even J.S. Bach who rev­o­lu­tion­ized the musi­cal form that takes us to where we are today). In the art world there are many of these types but they extend to all facets of life. Henry David Thoreau was very for­ward think­ing about Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and life in gen­eral. Gre­gor Mendel gave us our mod­ern con­cep­tion of hered­ity. But very few peo­ple out­side their fields, and some­times even their cir­cle of friends knew of them dur­ing their life­times. These are peo­ple that are going to pur­sue their pas­sion regard­less of pub­lic opinion.

(Dis­claimer!: As a musi­cian, this does not mean that I think a musi­cian should play for peo­ple just because they love it. A musi­cian must eat like any of us and should be paid for the labor required to make their pas­sion enjoy­able. But there shouldn’t be dis­ap­point­ment because we aren’t as famous as oth­ers we see with pop­u­lar Youtube chan­nels, and audi­ences around the globe.)

So, Where Does Will This Suc­cess Come From?

A per­son can be suc­cess­ful just by fol­low­ing their pas­sion. Many don’t under­stand the neces­sity of that first step. Stay­ing in an unsure state can be a drag on pro­duc­tiv­ity. But actu­ally leap­ing into it and throw­ing all your energy into some­thing is a suc­cess in itself. If most peo­ple real­ized how much effort it takes just to do that, they prob­a­bly would never attempt to start anything.

But for those of us that have jumped in, we know the strug­gles and the rewards that come from the love. There is noth­ing on earth that can keep a true dreamer from pur­su­ing their craft. Our pas­sion calls to us. We make sac­ri­fices to put in the time, to adapt, to per­fect our art or craft. And how could this not be suc­cess when are able to wit­ness the beauty of the fruits of our work.

Get Good At What You Do

Spend the time. Make blocks of time every day to improve, study, and become bet­ter at what you do. This is cru­cial. If you are going to be a suc­cess you must be good. And you have to have ideas. The way you will get there is ages-old, tried and true. Put in the time. Make sac­ri­fices. Maybe you will have to have an empty fridge, and sleep on couches, occa­sion­ally. But find a way.

And as an observer as well as an artist it is more poignant when we know the labor involved and the dis­ap­point­ment that goes along with fol­low­ing your heart. The heart has made that art, music or idea some­how tran­scend what it really appears to be. And any­one can cre­ate that. There could be some­one in a base­ment right now mak­ing it. It could be me. It could be you.

Chicago-based Joe Tripp is the front­man and key song­writer of Joe Tripp and the Hops. Hon­esty dri­ves his music, and that pur­suit of hon­esty in his music, com­bined with an admit­tedly dri­ven and per­sis­tent need to com­pete, com­plete with the demons that come with the desire to suc­ceed, are among the forces that have dri­ven the for­mer Texan to his cur­rent posi­tion in life and music.

Con­nect with Joe Tripp and the Hops here: http://www.joetrippandthehops.com

The career we’ve built has come about as a result of hard work and dili­gence. How­ever, there comes a point when you may no longer find sat­is­fac­tion or ful­fill­ment from your posi­tion. It is at this time that you’re due for a career shift.

Mak­ing this shift isn’t as easy as hop­ping to the next com­pany. There is more to a career shift than a pos­i­tive out­look and a list of names. The fol­low­ing are some of the key points you have to focus on if you want the shift to be a suc­cess (and that you gain the best pos­si­ble outcome).

Point #1: Train and Refine those Skills

You’ll find it tough to nego­ti­ate a new direc­tion in your career if you aren’t able to pro­vide the skills and knowl­edge of what’s in demand in today’s world. It’s likely that much has changed since you first entered your career so it’s about time you trained and refined your skills for the new demand.

Try using these resources for increas­ing your knowl­edge of your industry:

Point #2: Rework the Resume

Once you’ve increased your out­put and value it would be wise to go back and revise your resume to fit the type of career you desire. The goal is to already have those skills for the career you need but don’t feel as if you’re not wor­thy of apply­ing if you do not meet every item on their check­box. Prac­tice and employ resume writ­ing tips to rework your resume into some­thing attrac­tive to the com­pa­nies you intend to con­tact. You’ll often find that com­pa­nies list many demands that are too far out of reach; they do this to weed out those apply­ing so they’re left with the best. It means that you don’t always need the skills … just the drive and com­mit­ment to apply.

Point #3: Con­nect within your Network

Know­ing some­one within the field will help get your foot in the door. Real­is­ti­cally you should have already begun to build a net­work before the first day on the job but, it’s never too late to con­nect with the movers and shak­ers within your industry.

· Get out there, attend con­fer­ences, and shake the hands of peo­ple that make the big decisions.

· Work on devel­op­ing a rela­tion­ship with a men­tor whom can guide you through the tough deci­sions in your career.

· Con­verse with other indi­vid­u­als within your com­pany and any­one you know from the com­peti­tors to see if there are open posi­tions avail­able. Ask if they could pull a few strings so you can talk with those higher up.

Point #4: Mas­ter the Pitch

What can you say about your­self in the next sixty sec­onds that makes you attrac­tive to a company?

If you don’t know, you need to go back and work on your pitch. Your pitch is going to inter­est them enough that they’ll enter­tain the idea of look­ing at your resume and hear­ing what value you have to bring the company.

Mas­ter­ing your pitch does more for you than just find­ing a new posi­tion with the com­pe­ti­tion. From within your cur­rent career you could pitch and nego­ti­ate a higher salary or a larger role within the com­pany. All that mat­ters is what you can say within that minute to get them to lis­ten, every­thing else, if you had put in the effort, should work for itself (just as long as you give the right push).


A shift in your career can breathe new life into your drive and pas­sion for the indus­try. Higher pay, greater respon­si­bil­i­ties, and ful­fill­ment are there for the tak­ing for those will­ing to chal­lenge their com­fort zone. Apply the key points cov­ered in this post and you’ll, with­out a doubt, find your­self in a new phase of your career that you’ll love.

“Blurry things can be brought into focus with the right ques­tions and bet­ter strate­gies.” — The Car­pen­ter by Jon Gordon

Have you ever won­dered what makes some peo­ple suc­cess­ful while oth­ers in the same indus­try or pro­fes­sion seem to strug­gle just to get by?

A few years back, dur­ing the great reces­sion, I met a Car­pen­ter who , despite the eco­nomic down­turn, was busier than he’d ever been. Being a stu­dent of busi­ness and life, I couldn’t help but to ask him how he could be so busy when every­one else seemed to be unable to find work. I’ll never for­get his response…

Peo­ple often ask me why I am so busy and suc­cess­ful and I believe it started with ask­ing what suc­cess looked like when I started my career. I asked what it would look like while I was thriv­ing in my life and career and what it would look like at the end of my life. I began with the end in mind and worked back­ward. I had a com­pelling vision for my life and worked toward mak­ing it come to fruition every day.”

You see, this Car­pen­ter under­stood how to see the world not as it is, but as it could be.

And if we want to be suc­cess­ful, we need to do the same.

Before begin­ning an ini­tia­tive, project, prod­uct launch, sea­son, or cam­paign we must ask our­selves what the world will look like when we are fin­ished. Once you have a vision of what could be, and know what the world looks like, you are ready to design, cre­ate, and launch.

Know­ing where you want to go or what out­come you want to achieve will help you stay the course no mat­ter what the circumstances.

In the case of this sim­ple car­pen­ter, he had decided that the core of his busi­ness would be to LOVE, SERVE and CARE. He would cre­ate his mas­ter­piece by prac­tic­ing the great­est suc­cess strate­gies of all.

And you can do the same.

Now you must ask your­self these questions:

1. What does it look like when you are at your health­i­est, strongest, and best?

2. What does your fam­ily sit­u­a­tion look like while you are pur­su­ing suc­cess in your work?

3. Are you ignor­ing the peo­ple you love the most or mak­ing more time for them?

4. What mat­ters most?

5. What pri­or­i­ties drive you each day?

6. What are you doing that makes you come alive?

7. What are you doing to live and share your purpose?

Start by ask­ing the right ques­tions and you’ll find the answers that mat­ter most.

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Jon Gor­don is the inter­na­tional best­selling author of mul­ti­ple books includ­ing The Energy Bus and his lat­est release, The Car­pen­ter: A Story About the Great­est Suc­cess Strate­gies of All, which is avail­able now where books are sold and online at www.Carpenter11.com

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