George Plumley Reminds Us To Embrace Change and Reconnect To Our Dreams.
I’d been looking forward to my interview with George Plumley for some time. Sure enough, his insights met all my expectations and more. George’s life after the age of 40 clearly demonstrates something that I feel so profoundly about: mid-life reinvention can be celebrated as a marvelous opportunity to “push the reset button,” not just some kind of a crisis or an untimely challenge in our lives. George and so many others that I have recently interviewed and interacted with are living proof that people can change and grow throughout their lives.
When I asked him how his particular adventure-in-change came about, he obviously delights in telling his story. “I’d already been a hardworking web developer for over 15-years when my wife suggested I might want to open a Twitter account. So I decided to try it out. First thing I spotted was a publisher who was asking for book proposals. With a lot of WordPress experience under my belt, I immediately suggested a how-to book on their unique blogging software and publishing platform. Four days later I had an offer, by that same afternoon I had an agent and the rest is history. The book called, “WordPress 24-Hour Trainer” was published in November 2009. And by the way, my second book deal just came through. It’s called “How To Make Your Website Better. Once the door is opened, more doors will open.” By his example we all should become big believers in embracing change when the occasion presents itself.
George says that over 40 the key to succeeding is to “first, reconnect with your dreams, and then combining that recalled wonder and enthusiasm you had as a 20-year old, and still have inside of you, with your many years of experience. Remembering that I was not a published writer, there is simply no way I could have proposed such books to a publisher at age 20. Only the combination of enthusiasm and experience provided me the ability to write two books.”
Coping with change is not as hard as you might think, according to George. “Change over 40 is much more comfortable because (a) if we’ve taken the time to examine our lives, we know ourselves better, (b) by the same process of introspection and with the aid of a coach if possible, we know exactly what we want with much more clarity, and (c) we know intuitively, and come to trust, how to access and use the changes that must be made.” It’s true. It can be a very exciting and rewarding time.
When I asked him for hints he might offer to would-be writers who are actively seeking a publisher, George offers, “What publishers are looking for are writers with an absolutely clear vision of their project, and with a solid understanding of their targeted audience, as in, why they would want such a book and how it would be helpful in pragmatic terms.”
As we can see, George is a wealth of useful and inspirational advice. Please visit his website at http://www.seehowtwo.com and also listen to my entire interview with him at http://blogtalkradio.com/pushtheresetbutton.