The Anti-Hustle Way to Write a Book
“There’s something about the author community that I think is so beautiful. So, find your writing community to lean on.” —Jadah Sellner
Jadah Sellner, along with a co-founder, took the business “Simple Green Smoothies” to six- and seven-figure success. But although their work was built on love, fun, creativity, and connection, they gradually lost sight of why they built their business and were soon overly focused on metrics. This all came at a high cost to their relationships, health, and families.
It took Jadah selling her half of the company in order to heal, redefine her ambition, and decide where she was willing to put her energy. Taking this step back helped her find a different way to build a business, which is where the inspiration for her book, She Builds, came from.
In this episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk with Jadah about her journey in writing her book, She Builds: The Anti-Hustle Guide to Grow Your Business and Nourish Your Life. If you haven’t listened to our prior conversations about Jadah’s book and her entrepreneurial journey, you can listen here on Episode 47, Episode 138, and Episode 182.
Writing a Book Is Not a Solo Journey
Although we may sit down to write our books alone in a room or coffee shop, the whole journey of the book is not a solo experience. Not only will we need editors, graphic artists, and possibly agents and publishers, but we also need other writers and mentors to support us along the way. Having a book coach, close friend, or another author to talk about your ideas out loud with, or help get unstuck, is important. Writing a book is not easy. Jadah urges, “Look for some support outside of yourself to then guide you back to yourself.”
Anti-Hustle Way to Write a Book
Once you have a team and a support system to go on the book-writing journey with you, then the hard work begins. There are many different phases of writing a book, but they all start with putting your idea onto paper. Most people don’t finish the books they start, so if you’ve finished your book, celebrate and enjoy this accomplishment! Then you will need to work on editing, publishing, and marketing of your book.
As Jadah explains to us in this podcast, it is easy to succumb to the hustle culture and focus on metrics instead of what is really important to us. This can lead to burnout, as an entrepreneur working hard to build a business, or as an author trying to write and publish a book. She urges us, whether it’s building the business or writing your book, “to build a more sustainable, more fun, creative, collaborative, expansive way of doing it.”
In this podcast, Jadah also shares with us:
- The power of getting clear with who you’re writing your book for
- Why it’s important to be compassionate with yourself
- How her LOVE Method works and how it can help you redefine your own ambition
- That burnout can happen even when you’re creative and enjoy what you’re doing
- The hustle mentality was not created to be sustainable
- How finding your anti-hustle way of doing things will lead to a more sustainable and fun life
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Are you struggling with writing your book? Are you stretched too thin between doing what you love and your family and health? Share in the comments below!
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside of you that needs to be written, today is the day to start. Don’t delay—take action.