741: Book Formula: Solve Problems and Make Money

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Robert Plank shares his expertise in Computer Programming, Podcasting, and Internet Marketing among a wide variety of skills and leverages these skills coupled with passion to solve problems of people and at the same earn a living. He also imparts his secret recipe and shortcuts on how to brainstorm and write a book in 12 hrs, even if you hate writing.

It is vital that we are very much connected to our core and we know what we really are good at and what we can bring to the table. If you want to break the chains of your corporate job, figure out the things that you are good at and at the same time what you enjoy doing, establish the value and significance it can bring to people, solve the problems of people, and leverage these things to earn a living. 

Stay on top of your game by being aware of your competitors. Looking at your competitors is not necessarily copying their ideas, products, or services, but it helps you to think of ways to be better than them and alienate yourself and differentiate yourself to stand out among a pool of competitors.

When you start to think of starting a business or service you can provide to people, choose something that you are really good at and have an actual background of doing it. This will help establish your credibility and earn people’s trust. Plus, it makes the whole conceptualization much easier because you know the nitty gritty and the step-by-step process of doing it and the actual value and significance it can provide to people. You can more likely assess the feedback and response you will receive from your audience.

Nothing is perfect. "Waiting" for the timing to be just right is only an excuse not to take action, never get things done, remain stuck, and procrastinate. This irrelevant and nonexistent fear keeps you from "just doing it."

How to Create Your Book

First, name the chapters of your book as questions which can always be renamed later on. This kind of strategy is important because it allows you to create a list of questions that possibly helps your readers. Create a list of questions, name the chapters as questions, in between the questions you answer them, then later on remove the questions and finally rename your chapters.

List 10 questions, the first 4 questions may be the simplest that you can think of -- the basics. "Middle" questions that you think of in sequence 5-7 are probably pointless, futile questions. The 8th through 10th questions are (magically) well thought and smart questions.

    • From 10 questions, reduce them down to seven. Cross out the three weakest ones.
    • Rearrange and figure out what’s a logical order to rearrange the questions 
    • You are left with 7 questions- 4 questions are usually the simple and basic ones, the remaining 3 questions are more advanced and present case studies or scenarios.
    • To narrow down your chapters, use the formula WWHW, Why, What, How-To, What-If to create sub-question on each chapter. Answer each sub-question in two minutes and you end up 8 mins in one chapter. This will ensure a nice transition and flow in your chapter/s

Run spell-check, throw in some graphics, create a book cover on Canva which is for free or get one from freelance sites for $5 to $10, name the title of the book, the author, and a quick blurb on what the book is all about. And that’s how you create a book in 12 hours.

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