Here’s the latest round-up of responses to a handful of questions that have come my way through the Ask Jonathan box over on the right…
Q: What sort of writing do you do when you’re not blogging? Also, where do you get your inspiration and information from?
A: My writing is split into three major pursuits. One is blogging. Two is books and articles for print (magazines and newspapers). And, three is direct-response copywriting, which is quickly becoming a major passion of mine.
They are all very different, but, they also inform and enhance each other in a major way. For sure, my copywriting abilities have made a huge difference in anything I write with a persuasive bent.
My biggest inspiration is what happens in my daily life. I draw from my own experience as a husband, a dad, an entrepreneur, a yoga-teacher and someone who’s genetically programmed to seek information (more on that below).
I also read 200-300 other blog feeds every day (okay, I scan them) and spend a chunk of time in contemplation or meditation. In fact, my best ideas for writing and business inevitably arise when I’ve stopped trying so hard and created space to just chill out a bit.
Q: How do you know so much about so many things?
A: Ha ha ha ha! Um. Ha ha ha ha! I really have to laugh at this one, because I’ve always felt like I am on the slow side of the learning curve.
This question came as quite a surprise, since I’ve always considered myself the guy know knows a smattering about a lot of different topics, but a whole lot about very few areas. Plus, whatever I do know seems to get relentlessly obsoleted in the blink of an eye. Here’s my secret, though.
University Of Pennsylvania Professor Martin Seligman, who also wrote the bestselling book Authentic Happiness, identified 24 signature strengths we all have in varying levels. When we pursue those we hold dearest, he said, we are happiest. You can actually take the online Signature Strengths Questionnaire that will reveal your top-5 signature strengths.
My top-5 included intellectual curiosity, problem-solving and a love of learning. So, for me, learning new things literally makes me come alive. It’s my other chocolate. The more I learn, the happier I get. It fuels me to discover ever more bits of information and leads me eventually rambling down the road to mavenhood. And, because I also have a strong desire to share, I end up wanting to teach whatever I have learned to whoever will listen.
So, it’s easy for me, because that’s what I live and breath. Knowing this has also let me build a career around this quality. I also know that, for many other people with very different signature strengths, acquiring knowledge can be much more of a fight.
Q: For a while there was an icon promoting a video interview you were going to do with the owner of Candle Cafe – what ever happened to that? I kept checking back to see it and never did.
A: Yeah, I pulled that down when I launch the revised blog design, largely because I’ve been so swamped finishing my book, I knew I wouldn’t have time to sit down with Joy for a while. She’s actually a friend of my wife and I, so I plan on launching a small-business innovator interview series in the next few months and I’ll come back to her for a chat over a yummy vegan lunch.
Though, truth be told, it will very likely be part of my upcoming CareerRenegade.com blog or my small business and marketing blog. More on those in a bit.
If you have any questions on anything I write about, please feel free to ask, usig the Ask Jonathan box to the right.
And, here’s a fun challenge to do and share over the weekend, go take Seligman’s Signature Strengths Questionnaire, then…
Come back here and share your top-5 signature strengths in the comments below…
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