372: Derek Lewis: Ghost Writing Towards His Dream Life
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Todays guest is a man who was introduced to me by the great Matthew Pollard who appeared on episode of 344 of Join Up Dots.
He said “David, you have to have this great bloke on your show” and aren’t I glad I said “jump onboard”
As he has fascinating story that started when a Brazilian missionary handed him a tattered 1979 copy of “Quest for the Best.”
And his life changed forever.
As he says “While my peers were the 90s’ equivalent of “Twilight,” I was devouring books on economics, biographies, success stories, business management, entrepreneurship, and anything else business-related. I couldn’t get enough”
And did this inspire his love for everything entrepreneurial, or just help him find the thing that he could love enough to risk the old leap of faith?
Well we will find out during the show, but its true to say, that he did leap and left conventional employment to start an IT services company with a co-worker (still successfully in business today), and during the start-up phase, found he could support his family by taking on copywriting projects to bring in some extra cash
And I love this part of the story, as it links literally every episode of join up dots, as these two passions fell in love with each other, and after a quick getting to know each other stage, produced an amazing offspring.
Our guest gave birth to his fulltime career combining his two loves—business and writing—he decided to pursue a full-time career as a business writer and he hasn’t looked back since.
So was he an avid reader when he was a kid, or did he need to find the moment when the written word was right for him?
And does he see the old mantra of “find your passion and you will never work again” as true, or it is more like the passion will find you?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Derek Lewis
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
How he once put on 50 pounds in a year due to the stressful environment that he worked in, and the mad manager he had the misfortune to encounter.
Why he realises that he is so blessed, because of the flexibility that he has managed to build into his and his families life everyday.
How he still envies how salaried employees have the certainty of receiving a weekly pay cheque into their bank account every week.
How he shares his journeys down to Brazil, to become a missionary and the way that it changed his life so unexpectedly.
Why he feels that you shouldn’t chase your passion but you should chase the opportunities that life presents to us.
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