Suggestions for my next book?
Hay House recently expressed interest in a second book from me. I loved working with them on the first book, so I'm definitely up for this. If I start on it soon, the release date will likely be around a year from now.
I'm considering a variety of ideas for topics. Hay House is the #1 self-help publisher in the world, but they also publish business books. However, they recommended I write another book in the self-help genre to build upon the audience for Personal Development for Smart People. Otherwise it's like starting over as a first-time author because they'll be working with different buyers.
Some of the topics I'm considering are:
What subject is lighting you up right now, Steve? What is your greatest passion at the moment? Maybe you should talk about each of these subjects you've listed face-to-face with Erin, maybe even let her videotape you talking about them, and she can tell you what she sees, physiologically and intuitively, as you express yourself about each one.
I think you all ready made your mind up
for meConscious Business hands down, like think and grow rich was out during the depression, when this book is going to be released theres going to be interest in it,
One book i like to see is how to be psychic, since you started off as a total rookie, i think people would love your take on it.
I don't think Steve should cover any of those topics at the moment. I get the intuitive sense that the book wouldn't have the elegance or power that PDSP has. It feels like he'd just be writing a book because he can write a book, rather than sharing something extremely profound and impactful. As Steve has already predicted, the response to the topics he mentioned wouldn't be that great since people aren't ready or that interested in them.
(For me, oneness covers subjective reality pretty nicely and polarity seems kind of redundant when you're already lightworking. Truth, love, and power seem more appropriate in moving forward. You could say that I'm already polarised, but nah, I'd say that I've made my decision--and it arose very naturally--but I'm yet to have the conscious resolve that really drives me forward. Again, that seems to be more of a lightworker syndrome thing, which is what truth, love, and power are suited to. )
I have this very undefined, yet very clear sense of something that PDSP didn't really cover, and I think it'd make for an interesting, albeit challenging sequel.
We have the principles. We have exercises to apply them. I feel there's still a lack of simplicity to applying them. It's like we have a map, but no real way to get there.
I think if you compare the principles within PDSP with the exercises, the exercises are kind of lacking. The principles are awesome because you can learn them and then use your natural patterning abilities to see evidence of them in your experience, begin to generalise, and then start to apply them more accurately. That will take time, but it's do-able--mostly a solved problem.
But when you compare the exercises to the elegance of the principles, as least to me, it feels like you're kind pushing things upstream. Is it possible to develop application processes that are as specific, accurate, and effective as something such as StrengthsFinder? I kind of feel that when it comes to application, we're all still not really acknowledging some of the most fundamental concepts of our time, or at least, we're saying, "well, this is how I did it, and this has worked for many people, but in terms of some sort of system that works for everyone, I'm not really sure how to do that." Steve even said that in his book a few times--admitted that there were some things he didn't know--but that's kind of inherently unsatisfying to me, heh.
Maybe this is something for me to solve; maybe it's something for Steve to solve. Maybe that's either/or thinking. Either way, that seems to be at least one missing component when it comes to the realm of personal development for smart people. "Find your own way, because you're a smart person" seems to not really acknowledge the huge potential that could come from something that was just a little bit more effective than the current "figure out a way that works for you" approach. Imagine if you could find a specific means of application for almost every situation that worked every time, no exception.
Perhaps the law of attraction is the answer to this, but even that isn't an exact science. There's this big, "oh, so the LoA is effective; how do we get to the point where it becomes effective?" Growth certainly comes from finding the "how," but I also think that we'd grow just as much, or more, if our efforts where invested in using our potential instead of figuring out ways to use it. Again, the principles can be of great help here, but they only give a direction. Now we need a map, or at least, a way to plot a specific route that will work every time, regardless of who applies it. It doesn't have to be only one map (since one map that works for everyone would be super-hard), just enough "maps" so that every different type of person has something they can successfully apply.
I guess you could say I'm saying, "ok, we've got these awesome principles; why do we still need concepts like polarity? Why isn't there more of an exact science when it comes to bridging the principles with specific methods of implementation?"
I’m not sure Steve solve this in a year. ;)
I guess what I'm really talking about in the above post is a general set of universal application principles. We have the universal principles of consciousness, but there's a lot of grey area when it comes to application.
E.g. Why are there so many different ways to apply things? Surely there must be something that isn't quite as universal as truth, love, and power, yet still universal enough so that it applies to most people, or at least, the different types of people (like the talent themes do).
Sort of a middle ground between truth, love, and power, and specific application.
That's probably something Steve could write about in a year, since it'd probably draw on quite a lot of his notes and research into the principles--perhaps some things he discarded because they weren't fundamental enough (which is ideal, since here we're not looking for core fundamentals; we have those)--as well as his experience with personal development.
So I guess my suggestion is "a more granular truth, love, and power model." Or something.
Gallup, the people who designed StrengthsFinder, say that there could be more granular talent themes for people if they wanted there to be, but they thought that the more general versions did the job. In their case, I think they could go deeper so they hit on the fundamentals. There's be more talent themes then, but they'd be more fundamental and easier to spot.
In Steve's case, I think he could go less fundamental and, as I say, more granular. Sort of like the primary and secondary principles of the aspects, and maybe even an explanation of the aspects of them (i.e. Truth is a primary principle. Prediction is an aspect. What are the aspects of prediction? You could stop there, or you could ask "what are the aspects of the aspects of prediction?" Etc.) (Although you don't have to be limited by just breaking the aspects of the principles down to a more granular level; I think that's just one way to express this more general idea.)
To be honest, all the other topics kind of seem unworthy of Steve. Other people can write about them. What's the one thing that only Steve is uniquely qualified to write about given his experience and the opportunities to available to him?
That's the kind of book I'd like to see from Steve, not just an extended version of things he's already covered in his blog (there's room for that, but perhaps not now, and perhaps in a different format. I get the feeling a book on polarity or subjective reality--the harder topics on Steve's list--would still confuse a heck of a lot of people. Audio or video content may be a better medium).
Something unique, original, and insightful. A worthy predecessor to PDSP. Perhaps that may take some time. Steve will have to be the one to decide when the right time is.
On a completely unrelated note to my above posts, the topic of "beliefs" would be an interesting book.
Beliefs play a pretty fundamental role in reality, yet they seem inherantly nebulous to work with. Tie that in with the LoA, and you'd have a fairly interesting book, especially if it had good applicability (since that's what people need in this area). It'd be also be cool to see how you could blend in the principles with the topic of beliefs.
A sort of "what beliefs are, how to choose them, how to find them, how to apply new ones, and how to change existing ones in a way that works with the fundamental mechanics of reality (which I'd probably say is the LoA; there has to be "some" fundamental mechanism)."
Maybe do the one on Time Management and Productivity first and finish that within a year and then work on the sequel to PSDP.
1) Out of all the topics you listed, this requires the most courage, and is by far the most difficult. For good reason. It will probably have the greatest impact. The press you will get from your current book, the constant increases in your web traffic and your overall presence will make the book another instant preorder bestseller. So firstly, the argument against the commercial success of the book has already been taken care of.
2) The people who can use the idea of polarity, the potential 1%ers, need it now.
3) Steve, do you know how many geniuses in the world, the out of place talent filled "natural geniuses" who would be inspired by this? 20/80 rule would come into effect beautifully here. Being a slightly more prudent commercial success for Hayhouse now is of course not aligned with your intentions if it conflicts with bringing out what the world really needs. Which definitely involves bringing/inspiring these types of "natural geniuses" into making a conscious choice of whether to be a Lightworker or a Darkworker.
4) It's true most people do not understand the concept of Lightworker or Darkworker polarization. Where can they get and apply, through genuinely good assessible information, how to become one?
Where can they get and apply, through genuinely good assessible information, how to be better at time management? I'm sure you've been through more than quite a few books of these yourself. Your article, "Do It Now!" is more than enough and can stand alone as a small book, to print out on its own. Perhaps you never actually need to write another time management article again.
Creating a polarity book will continue your trend of completely breaking new ground, courageously and purposefully to bring greater purpose into other people's lives, and blitzing growth into consciousness itself.
5) May I pose your own statement, albeit paraphrased from memory, as verbatim as I can: One person who dedicates himself to help humanity is much more powerful than thousands floundering towards the right direction.
You would simply be leveraging people power better, helping more people in the slightly longer-run.
6) I'd wager that you are more curious about what will happen, what your channeling will come up with, of this effort more than making a time management book.
7) Also, you will find more, quality support in your forums which would inspire you for future articles as a result of writing a polarization book, as well as of course help those who need it. The forum will evolve into something much more better.
8) Creating this book will elevate you to a new, unexplainable level of consciousness (partly by bringing you a much better understanding of Lightworking to yourself)- that making a time management book simply wouldn't be able to achieve.
9) This would be a masterpiece. A true classic, that I daresay would have a good chance of surpassing PDSP. You've mentioned you may die, anytime, and have no fear of death. If you could only write one book, and you knew (which you don't) that you would die in some fluke accident next year, which book would you write? A supremely excellent book on time management, or a book that would bring so much good to the world that you wouldn't even be able to imagine its positive consequences: a book on polarity?
A book with lots of exercises, one on intuition will get people into the inside-out mode.
acutally anything that gives leverage to conscious people.
I kinda agree with Bruce Achterberg. At first, what gets my attention is Subjective Reality and Conscious Business, but that's mainly personal preference.
Beliefs (with or without the context of LoA) is a good one too, but does not really catch me up.
I also agree when he says that you should do something that only you could do. I'm sure you'll write a great content on any topic you choose, but I really think you should choose based on what you could create uniquely, not only a better version of what's already there.
I haven't read you book yet (I pre-ordered, but Amazon predicts it'll arrive here in Oct 28 :/ - I'm in Brazil), so once I read it I may be able to give a more accurate opinion on what I think would be a good complement.
Time management first, well because it seems you're already drawn to it and people want it already.
After that, or in parallel, Conscious business. I think you shouldn't wait too long with getting started on the business shelf.
If so, that sounds great :)
I have to admit when I read the list a few hours ago, my initial reaction was like "No, not Time Management, do it on Subjective Reality or Polarities!". However, now I can see that doing it on time management could be an extension of PDSP.
I do agree on waiting a while before writing a book about starting up a business - the need for that isn't as great as the need for the other books. As for the book on blogging - bleh. There's plenty of blogs about that. Let other people spend their time and energy on that, while you contribute something much more unique that others aren't.
Well, whether you use the existing aspects, or whether you write about the aspects of the aspects (only you could tell if that's needed; I'm still not far along enough in PDSP, nor my understanding of the model, to say yet; maybe I won't be ever without seeing how it was all created, but we'll see. Maybe on your death we can get Erin to release your PDSP principles creation notes, kind of like what Linda Lee did with Bruce's Lee's fighting notes. :) Just don' go the Lee route and get assassinated yet. Time for that later. ;))
I think if you can keep the very awesome style of writing you used for PDSP--the way you address people as an equal in attitude, but an authority in knowledge; an authentic style that I feel was heavily influenced from doing writing for your blog--you could write quite the useful book on the very low level application of things. The principles would remain holistic, but we'd get a better understanding of the model. Maybe even some more specific application examples--or maybe lots of them--like Angela suggested. Marcus Buckingham had lots of that in his books, and he just used pseudonyms to retell stories about people. I found that powerful and a good way to explain things. Probably made strengths-theory a bit easier to understand than the principles.
I think there's great power in any book that addresses things in a holistic fashion (i.e. holistic time management). You could think of the next book as an in-depth continuation of PDSP section 2.
I think doing this type of book after PDSP might pave the way for an interesting book on polarity, since you'd have general application, specific application, then follow it up with a "ok, you're intelligent; now, what should you use it for?" book.
The only potential snag I see is the question of: "how much of the (new) book are you going to use to explain the principles? Is it going to leverage the first book to fit in the maximum amount of content, or is it going to have some redundant material for those who've read PDSP?"
That seems like a silly either/or question, though. A better way might be to just reiterate on the principles, but with different stories. I'm sure you could somehow state them in a way that was "different" such that you further the ground for readers to explore, not having them explore ground they've already been on.
This probably wouldn't be a massive best-seller, but I think those who do buy it would get a lot of use out of it. Of course, it would probably still sell pretty well (selling being the representation of impact, not the $$$ you rake in).
Oh, and a book on time management--the one you mentioned--would save me from having to do crazy things to figure out and back-engineer the various models you use.
It'd *love* to see your latest take on all those things, as well as a treatment of them with the principles.
To be honest, that'd be a pretty exciting book--maybe moreso than PDSP (specific application gets me going ;)).
I think you could make an interesting set of principles--a guideline criteria--much like the one you mentioned in the We like it raw interview.
E.g. One of them could be "only write something that I (i.e. Steve) could do to a masterful degree."
You'd have a better idea of what principles you'd need, but yeah, just an idea.
Another book would be a good opportunity to get more practice in for writing more challenging books later on (about polarity, and the like). I'm sure you'd have a bit of room to experiment with. I'm sure you can't resist trying to optimise some elements. :)
Just throwing in my preference, since I can't claim to understand "the market".
A book on blogging would be disastrous. I'd hate to see "the blog delusion" perpetuated further than it already is :) You know -- that idea that blogs are some magical money making machine, and all you have to do is post valuable content at formulaic intervals and the blog genie will visit you every month and give you a check out of thin air.
I could potentially see a time management book being interesting. Honestly, GTD left a sour taste in my mouth and I didn't find it useful at all. You'd probably appreciate this Steve -- a simple change in my diet did more to my "time management" than any manilla folder ever could. There's a lot of room for improvement in the time management "field" -- perhaps a holistic method that gets into the science, health and psychology of mental energy levels, focus, etc.
How about a new Bible!??
There is much out there about time management & productivity, but I have read no book or seen no program that covers it all (from the basics, life's purpose, routines/habits, properly organizing your information, clearing your head, journaling, what effects the environment has on you, renewal, health, what effects the internal drives of the human biological machine has on productivity, inner friction, outer friction, etc...) There are a lot of gaps to be sealed and I think you could do that extremely well.
But I would even more interested in a book about polarity. Definitely. I don't understand it perfectly yet, and I would love to read an in depth book about it.
Good luck with making up your mind!
1. Time management sounds interesting to me.
2. Believes (yeah, me too).
3. What about a book that categorizes all PD material you have read and found good and why. An A to Z of PD Authors, Systems and who is best where.
However, I've never read a time management book that adequately addresses the Love principle (and by extension Courage and Oneness). This principle suggests that in order to manage your time well, you have to disconnect from the most ineffective people in your life and find ways to cultivate relationships with people who are highly effective. Being around effective, people is a crucial key to time management.
If you simply apply the principle of Love by itself and surround yourself with positive, highly effective people for a few weeks, you won't even need techniques (Power). You'll become much more effective through osmosis. Effective people are more likely to respect your time as well. Simple idea... but one which most time management books largely ignore. I might devote as much as 1/3 of such a book to social strategies that help you build a network of effective people.
A problem people often have is that they know what to do to be more productive, but they're surrounded with unproductive, unmotivated people. So no matter how hard they try or how many techniques they learn, they always get sucked back down again.
Courage is a whole other area of time management that gets very little attention in such books. Very often we'll have to do tasks that scare us or which create resistance, so we need Courage-based strategies for getting through them.
Oneness gets virtually no attention at all when it comes to time management, but it's another incredibly important concept to understand as well. This has to do with how you perceive time -- as your ally or your enemy. Are you flowing downstream or fighting against the current? Do you feel peaceful and positive or stressed and overwhelmed?
Men especially love to thing that Power is all you need, but in the real world, Power simply isn't enough. We have to acknowledge that we're connected to others, and a big part of time management is consciously cultivating the connections we have with others that will support us in being effective.
I might start with an article on this topic, just as an overview, and see if it gets a positive response from people.
Which path has heart? :)
Similar to Bruce, my first notion about PDSP was the elegance of the TLP formula, but the lack of elegance in its application. An elegant formula for application of TLP regardless of situation (the pattern of application behind career, health, relationship, money, habits, spirituality)or similarly applying TLP towards time-management would satisfy me.
I'd prefer to see you write a call for all self-helpers to collectively gather and declare sovereignty...but I'll give it time :)
I'd love to find a way to start working on Social Engineering with like minded individuals from a mindset of TLP.
Looking forward to the article! ;)
Writing about productivity and time management is a good strategic choice I guess if your goal is to sell many books or to establish your reputation and gain readers. The target audience is probably the same as for PDSP, self-help enthusiasts and the corporate world. And you know the stuff so well that it'll probably will be easy for you to write about it.
On the other hand, I have a feeling that you already have outgrown this topic and that this is not really who you are being now or what you are interested in now. So I don't know if it's a good strategy in the long run to rehash it, in terms of your own personal growth.
But then again, I haven't read PDSP yet (it still hasn't arrived yet! :( :mad: grrr! ) so I don't know how much of this is already covered in PDSP. I assume productivity and time management issues get addressed in the Power, Career and Habits chapters. I also trust that we are old enough to figure out how to apply Power, Truth and Love to this area on our own. But maybe I'm wrong.
To answer your question, what I'd be very interested in is definitely polarity. You wrote a couple times that you'd need much more space to reply to some of our questions and I think that'd be really awesome!
I also think the polarity topic is interesting but it's not a priority. I feel that it could be worked on as a side project when you have the impulse to write about it or need to brain dump until you have the material to really dive into it.
Sex and its relation with Personal Development.
Do we have to abandon sex to achieve greatest awareness? Some religions say so.
Does sex have nothing to do (neutral) with personal development? So it does not matter whether you have sex or not.
Which one is better if you want to improve your personal development? Sex with many women/men or long term exclusive relationship. Or it does not matter at all.
I like the Time Management & Productivity book idea, how it starts with life purpose to maybe 5yr plan to passion
Steve, I really like the idea of a top-down look at productivity and I think it has the potential to reach the broadest audience of the possibilities listed.
I visit several productivity/lifehacking/GTD sites and just in the last six months I've started seeing a significant backlash against "productivity for productivity's sake". It feels like there's an information vacuum out there for people who want to streamline their everyday lives but also want to connect their everyday lives to their higher goals and values. I'm sure your unique perspective would be a great help to these folks (and me!) and that your book could stand apart in a crowded field. :)
Just as a side note, I've never cared for the term "time management" (outside of the final five minutes of a football game). In my experience, managing my attention and respecting my energy levels are much more important than timing myself against a clock. Of course, YMMV.
Pick it. Pick it! :mad::(:o:) Please?
If you do the Time Management and Productivity, you could call the book
"Time Management for Smart People
Consciously Aligning your Time with Truth, Love, and Power"
Or something like that :)
Can you write more then one book in a year? If so, maybe you can do 3 books this year - one on Time Management & Productivity, one on Polarity and the last one on Subjective Reality. :D
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