Making Survival First: Part 16 - Imposter Syndrome
This is Part 16 of the Making Survival First book series. For the previous sections click here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15
I was three years old (in entrepreneur years) when I started writing Survival First. I was but a mere boy new to the ways of a perilous world.
I had some success. I was making decent money, working few hours, traveling often, and living a good life on my terms.
But nobody would be impressed by my numbers, accolades, or status amongst the influential. So why did I think I could not only write a business book, but write a good book that people would want to read?
Surely, I must have been burdened by overwhelming imposter syndrome.
…Surprising as it may be to you as it was to me...I wasn't. Like....at all...ever.
Early on I realized what I was and wasn't trying to do. Most business books are narratively laced prescriptive formulas that promise readers simple paths to success. The authors write from the lofty heights atop success mountain to hoards of anonymous success-deprived masses.
This is why so many business books, even those by the hyper successful, come off as flat, unrelatable, and lack the context to be useful.
I was not doing that.
Survival First isn't a destination I'm guiding people to, but the description of the journey I'm walking along myself. This journey, MY journey, is one I have full confidence describing.
But was it a journey worth turning into a book?
Yes. Any journey worth venturing on is a journey worth telling. I can’t logically explain why, but I know how much the journey over these last few years radicalized how I saw the world, understood myself, and has re-directed my path forward.
If knew if I could capture and communicate what this journey has been like then I knew I could make a potentially great book.
Beyond that, I believed my ordinariness, rather than being a defect, made me the perfect person to write this book. I'm not some billionaire CEO or famous influencer capturing the attention of millions. I don't have millions of...anything. What I lacked in extraordinary success I made up for in ordinary perspective.
Survival First is a written for people in the trenches by someone in the trenches. I'm an ordinary dude making low six-figures, caring about my health, struggling with emotional tensions and dealing with garden variety financial anxieties.
Being perfectly ordinary was perfectly fine for me.