It has been a really fun ride.
Three and half years ago on Labor Day, I started a blog with a very funny name and with a very simple dream stuck in my mind:
I wanted to make the world a more positive place for as many people as possible.
For months and months, I would send my words out into the interwebs each Monday morning, and besides my family and a few supportive friends, no one knew I was there.
But I still kept writing anyway.
This won’t surprise you if you really know me, but I’m obsessed with helping people who are in pain. That may sound weird to some people, but I’m proud to say that’s how I’m wired.
My primary obsession in my life is finding a way to bring positive change to the working world.
I’ve personally seen too many professional lives from all over the world, that have been destroyed by toxic coworkers, bullying bosses, passive-aggressive behavior, backstabbing self-preservationists, and corporate cultures that value profit far more than they value their people.
For years, I waited for someone to do something meaningful about this issue that is hurting so many good people all over the world.
No one came to the rescue.
So, I kept writing.
I did it in hopes that my dream of creating a more positive working world would somehow become a reality…if I just kept showing up to write.
Recently, my dream took a huge step forward.
Making Work Work
I am thrilled to share that I recently signed a literary deal with Sterling Publishing in New York City (owned by Barnes & Noble) to write a book to address this issue head-on.
The book is called, Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution For Any Work Environment. Here’s a brief description:
“Workplace positivity is given a much-needed reboot as readers are invited to join the movement to revolutionize how we work, lead and live. In this empowering real-world advice guide, readers discover how to effectively transform their work environments without having a title, authority or a corner office.”
And in a bit of poetic, universal, divine awesomeness, the book is slated hit bookstore shelves exactly four years after the dream began:
Labor Day 2016.
The Unlikely Dream
Admittedly, it has been a lifelong dream of mine to be a published author.
While that’s true–if you had told me 3 1/2 years ago when I fearfully (understatement of the decade) launched my blog that it would eventually turn into a book deal, I would have laughed you out of the room.
Then after you were safely out of the room, I would have called the cops on your crazy ass, because you must be in possession of some seriously dangerous hallucinogenic drugs.
Sadly, I didn’t believe in myself. Here’s what I did believe in, though:
I believed that people need to be treated better at work. I believed that showing up to make a positive impact on our dreams (no matter how little it is) is better than doing nothing. Most of all, I believed that I would deeply regret looking back on a life where I let my fears become bigger than my message.
If you are reading these words and you have a dream or a message of any kind that you want to share with the world, do it. Please, do it. You will be shocked at what you can accomplish if you don’t let your self-doubt stop you before you start.
Speaking of which, here’s the real secret: It really doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in yourself when you start. Many people didn’t have self-belief in the beginning either. I know that I didn’t.
What I didn’t know then (that I know now), is that the self-belief usually comes later.
More specifically–self-belief will show up when we show up to do the work first.
Thank You SO Much
Most importantly, there is no doubt that none of this–none of it–could have been done without this incredible community of people.
Your kindness supported me through some dark periods of debilitating self-doubt, and it encouraged me to keep writing when it would have been so much easier to throw it all away and focus on a more “realistic” plan.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This one is for you.
The workplace revolution is happening, and I’m not waiting for someone else to lead it this time.
It’s time to get to work.
An extra special thanks to Donna Murray, Kathy McQuillan, and Sharon Ledwith–I really hope that you read this. The three of you have continually shown up week after week to offer your kindness and support to me and/or to this community. You have no idea how much I appreciate seeing your names in the comment section and consistently supporting The Positivity Solution in your own special way. Please expect to see your names in the Acknowledgements section of the book as a small token of my appreciation. Thank you so much for everything 🙂