Get That Job! (Author Interview)




‘Get That Job!’ is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon, congratulations!  Can you tell us why the book is such a hit among your readers?
           
I think it is very easy to read and provides a simple guide to help you gain confidence when going into your next job.

How long did it take you to write ‘Get That Job!’?

Probably about six months. I’ve had it done for a while, and just needed to build the confidence to put it out there. It’s kind of an intimidating process if you’ve never done it before. But now I’ve got my first book out, I will continue to develop more books.

What inspired you when writing ‘Get That Job!’?  

The students at the college have inspired me to write books. They come with questions and concerns about different challenges they face, and I felt that if they were feeling this way, then the majority of college students will most likely be feeling the same way.

Do you get a lot of success stories from your readers?

My book has been out for just over a month, so yes, I’ve had some great feedback. Particularly, those that are unfamiliar with video interviews. And, basically those that need to prepare prior to and during one.

How did you come up with the ideas in ‘Get That Job!’?

I thought about all the challenges our students face and what information they would need to help them be successful.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing the book?

Just trying to keep it simple for young readers of all skills and reading abilities.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love to work. So, usually I try to focus on different current projects I’ve got going on. Whether it involves my nonprofit, AfrikRising or something else I have going on at my 8 to 5 job. I also like going on trips to Mexico, and spending quality time with my boys.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can visit me at: https://tipstostartingcollege.com


The Manifestation Formula (Author Interview)





The Manifestation Formula looks like a great philosophical and metaphysical book.  What will readers get out of your book?

I believe readers will find a new and practical technique that will help them successfully achieve their goals by managing their thoughts, choices and actions. The category of self-help, self-improvement, positive thinking and the law of attraction programs is immense. The conventional practices recommend techniques for people to use to help transform their thoughts into successful outcomes, whether it’s obtaining something specific like financial security or a lifestyle or wellness goal.
 When  I became interested in the self-help category, as I was facing some personal challenges, the first and most popular concept I discovered is the law of attraction. I got enthusiastic about the promises about how I could achieve my goals. But like many other people, I discovered that while most of the programs had great and positive advice, they never really worked for me, and did not connect at a level of common sense and believability.
My background is in communications and behavioral research. I  worked for 50 years identifying how information influences people, how we learn and how we pursue our interests. I decided to apply my professional research experience in answering a single question — how do I transform my ideas and thoughts into successful outcomes?
I discovered two things:
First, most everything I read or listened to was based on centuries of wisdom, but there was never a convincing explanation of how the programs actually worked and how I could adapt them to the way I learn and do things.
 Second, there was one fundamental concept that was present in almost all advice, but never explained; the secret to manifestation success was to be positive “most of the time” - to have a positive outlook, to maintain my belief in the success of my goals. But no one could explain what I felt was the central point – if I had to have positive thoughts most of the time, what did most of the time mean? If I had any negative thoughts, was I doomed to fail?

I did my research, I interviewed people, I read and reread dozens of books and blogs, and I reassessed people I’ve known and worked with. I also analyzed what many people in public life have said about their secrets of success, and it also was very consistent. I organized all the information into a targeted concept of how we can successfully transform our thoughts into successful goals. It is a very simple formula and is based on the basic math of the universe that describes the statistical probability of everything that occurs. The bottom line is that we do have to control our thoughts. And the formula is simply a mechanism to ensure we have a specific balance between our positive thoughts to our negative thoughts, to ensure that we are not overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged by our doubts, uncertainty and fears which drive our choices, emotions, and actions.

How long did it take you to write The Manifestation Formula?
It’s a two-part answer to how long it took me to write the book.
First, I’ve always been interested in philosophy and many aspects of metaphysics, and my research profession used many of the principles of communications, influences, and human behavior. So, the personal and professional foundation for my book is 50+ years.
The catalyst for the book was about 15 years ago. Someone recommended a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny. I was going through my own challenges and I was looking for ideas about how I could psych myself up to be positive, productive, and believe I could achieve my goals.
In the Dyer book, I discovered that he gave full credit to the thousands of years of philosophical teachings about the power of our thoughts and our connections to some broader universal energy or intelligence. I didn’t know that I had always been a practitioner of metaphysics philosophies, but that book started me on a personal quest to find a formula worked for me. As I noted, I never did find a book, a writer or teaching that turned me into a full believer. Thus, I started my own research to find a method that would work for me. And the proof is that once I discovered the formula for managing positive thinking with a simple feedback process, I was able to proceed successfully. For the Manifestation Formula, I had notes going back many years, and once I started writing, it took me about 6 to 8 months to create the first draft.

Within two years, I wrote three books, was asked to do radio interviews, joined an organization as Director of Personal Transformation — so I manifested my goals of transforming my interests and postretirement career into this new field of personal transformation programs.

While writing The Manifestation Formula book, I realized that there was one more missing piece to bring the book to life. I’ve read a lot of books, but a book alone may not be enough to help you reach your manifestation goal. I also needed a way to put the concepts into practice and to get immediate feedback about how I was doing. So, I created a mini-course, with a workbook that covers the principal recommendations for the reader to use, and one other critical tool, the Thoughts Scorecard. The scorecard is a simple way to keep track on a regular basis of how you are thinking about your goals and to track your levels of positive and negative thoughts so you know how you are progressing to reach the necessary level of positive thoughts and enter the successful manifestation zone.


What inspired you when writing The Manifestation Formula?   

Even before I started writing the book, I was always fascinated and inspired when I would hear other people, primarily celebrities, who were asked about the secret to their success - how did they achieve their goals in entertainment, business, sports or academics or science? By far, the most common answer was that the celebrity said that someone in their life told them that they could achieve anything they wanted, they could be anything they set their mind out to do, and anything was possible if the really wanted it.  Many of these high achievers had some positive mentoring and support, and they also had a clear focus for what they wanted to achieve and remained incredibly persistent until they achieved their goal.

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a writer all my life. I enjoyed literature and writing in school, in business I’ve written thousands of reports, business plans, proposals. And I have always read extensively.  I like the idea of being able to identify concepts in my mind and transfer them to a written format that clarifies the concept, and we can share these ideas with others. I’ve learned so much from reading thousands of books over the years, just as someone might watch a sports figure or entertainer and aspire to similar achievements. In my case, I was in love with great writing, and I wanted to find out if I could pursue an interest in writing that was not mandatory as it was in my business but as a way to express my own creative ideas.

How did you come up with the ideas in The Manifestation Formula?

I mentioned that I'd read hundreds, maybe thousands of books, blogs, listened to webinars and so on. But I still never found that single fundamental concept that explained how I could manage my ideas and thoughts and transform them into a successful outcome. At the same time, I’ve been interested in many popular science developments, and particularly quantum physics. As many people now know, quantum physics investigates how things work at the most fundamental level in the universe. There are many variations of the quantum theories, but fundamental principles seem to be universally recognized -the most fundamental level of everything in existence is in the form of energy which contains information about its nature. Everything in existence is composed of the same energy, which can be combined and organized in an infinite number of ways to create everything that we know. What I discovered, as many people have over the past nearly 100 years, is that some of the earliest philosophers and scientists, going back to the Greeks and Chinese, intuitively understood that there was a connection between our human nature and consciousness, and inner energy and emotions, that is part of and connected to something in the universe. We are all part of one continuous field of consciousness or energy. Even though we may not have the ability to measure or prove every metaphysical concept, over the centuries, many of ancient observations about human thoughts, consciousness have eventually been proven true by traditional science.
As Nobel Prize physicist Leon Lederman said, “to believe something while knowing it cannot be proved (yet) is the essence of physics.”

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Manifestation Formula?

There were endless obvious challenges that are common to most writers, but only one is worth mentioning. I had an idea, I was doing the research, I was writing the book, but the persistent challenge was to really believe in what I was doing. Was I pursuing a hypothesis or a fantasy? Would I be able to prove my method by actually practicing it and manifesting my goals?  So, my research and writing for The Manifestation Formula was both a project and a very personal effort to use the techniques I was writing about in order to achieve my goals.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website is being updated, but it’s still available and has the book information and more. It’s at:


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The book is also on Amazon, both print and kindle.



Still Standing (Author Interview)




Still Standing looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  What type of readers did you write the book for?
           
I wrote this book for everyone who has been abused as a child, suffered or is still suffering from depression, and those who are contemplating and have contemplated suicide. I was a victim of sexual abuse at 12 years old and it left me severely depressed and suicidal. I often felt like no one understood me or what I was feeling and thinking. So I wrote this book for people to have someone that they could relate to. I wanted to help people the way I wanted to be helped. I also wanted people to know that no matter what they’ve gone through that life can and will get better and I’d show them how from my own life experience. I wrote this book for those people who wanted to take back control of their lives, who were sick and tired of being victims and wanted to become the victors and winners of the game of life.

How long did it take you to write Still Standing?

Wow! It took a few months to write it because I had to take breaks. As I was writing it I had moments where I just broke down and cried just reliving the experiences. I would start a paragraph and had to stop midway through because of the deep pain of the memories. I’ve written several books before that took me less than a month. This book took me about four months to write.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Reading and writing has always been a big part of my life. I’ve always felt like being a writer was my calling. But I decided in 2018 to take it seriously because I was miserable at the job I had. I think a big motivation for me was my life partner who encouraged me to follow my dreams and publish my first book. I had actually written a book and sat on it for about two years until one day we were talking. I told her I had written a book but I wasn’t confident enough to publish it. I let her read it and she insisted that I publish it. I owe a great deal of my career as a writer to her.

What sets your book apart from other self-help books?

I think what sets my books apart from others is that I’ve actually experienced what I’m writing about. This book isn’t just theory, it’s real life experience. I’ve actually been a victim of sexual abuse. I actually attempted suicide twice. Once by slitting my left wrist with a butcher knife, which I still have the scar to prove it. The other with an attempted overdose. But all of that aside, I actually overcame the depression and suicidal thoughts and was not only able to turn my life completely around, I was and am able to help other people do the same thing for themselves. I take great pride in being able to do that.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Still Standing?

Yes! The book starts with the loss of my father. It was so hard having to write that chapter. I cried like a baby. There was a lot of emotions that came up that I didn’t realize were there. When my father died I tried to bury those emotions and move on. As I was writing the book all of those emotions came back and it was extremely difficult. Another challenge was writing him a letter in the book as if I he were still alive. I cried and cried and cried some more. That was probably the toughest chapter to write. The last challenge was addressing my uncle who was responsible for abusing me. I felt lots of pain and anger. I never really addressed those emotions until I wrote the book. So working my way through those feelings was hard.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not writing I love to be outdoors and doing yoga. Yoga has become a big part of my life because it helped me through the depression and pain that I’ve experienced growing up. I also enjoy helping other people that have experienced similar trauma. I’m a good listener so I enjoy listening to people and helping them through their struggles.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

My books are available on Amazon. They can find them easily just by typing my name in the search bar, Slim Sir. They can also go to my website, SlimSir.com. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I hope this interview and my book will be of service and value to everyone in need.

The Meaning of Life (Author Interview)




The Meaning of Life looks like a great guide to finding purpose in life.  Who is your target market for the book?  

Honestly, the audience is anyone as curious as I was about how life works.  It’s particularly useful for anyone who is lost, confused, looking for something more, or lacking direction in life, but anyone who is genuinely interested in what science can tell us about humanity’s sense of purpose will love it.  Most importantly, people who want answers to life’s big questions but don’t want the author imposing his own ideas of what the “right” way to live is will appreciate this material.

How did you come up with the ideas and concepts in the book?
           
I studied human behavior, psychology, philosophy, and related fields for decades trying to understand it all.  When I started noticing patterns across both philosophical texts and psychological studies as to how people find meaning and purpose, I knew I had stumbled upon something that everyone would want to know about: an ultimate formula for a meaningful life.  It was very important to me, though, that all my concepts were understood scientifically and had practical guidance so that people could apply them.

What will readers get out of your book?

If they are lacking a sense of meaning in their lives, they will have identified a list of growth areas to pursue and built a complete plan to get started.  This is where this book differs from other personal development books, which usually start assuming you have already identified a desired outcome and they give you a formula that worked for the author.  Those books tell readers how to approach a goal that they have; this book tells you how to figure out what that goal should be for you—without dictating what that goal should be in any way.

What inspired you when writing The Meaning of Life?   

Oh, man.  So many things—the writing and editing took almost seven years!  I needed constant inspiration.  My first and foremost inspiration was my colleague and mentor, Jitendra Subramanyam.  He encouraged me to take a shot at writing the book—after I explained it to him.  Early in writing, I was motivated by the great insights from the work I reviewed to prepare my points and the not-so-great recommendations from people who didn’t bother explaining why they might apply to someone.  The fallacies being pushed around motivated me to not refute them—though that was tempting—but rather to provide a better answer for people.  During editing, I was worried if I could do the topic justice and really help people.  When I’d watch people like Daryl Davis and Cassie Jaye put themselves out there and face the blowback that comes with speaking the truth and doing the right thing, I was reminded that anyone can make a difference.

When did you decide to become a writer?

September 2009.  I’ll never forget because I bought a MacBook Pro with the justification that I’d use it to write a book.  Unfortunately, the first outline I wrote, while not wrong, was just another book criticizing other people’s ideas and not putting forth a good alternative.  I told myself that I wasn’t going to just be another voice railing against bad ideas but that I was going to think of the best way to articulate good ideas.  When I figured it out around 2013, I knew that I had just decided to become the writer of The Meaning of Life.

When writing The Meaning of Life did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

Interestingly enough, I was able to draw up a structure for the book in just days: chapter title, quotes, key principles, essay section, questions, exercises, outcome.  It was the essay section that was the challenge.  I found that just jotting down my string of thoughts got me going, and then I could come back and remember everything I missed when I read it.  I rewrote that section of each chapter completely about two to four times.  Trying to write about ethics without recommending specific ethics was the most difficult part.  I also had to remove any passages that were overly harsh toward other philosophies or too sarcastic for the written word.  My natural temptation to use figures of speech and make jokes when I talk had to be suppressed constantly while writing on such a serious, intimate topic.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I spend most of my days advising executives on their toughest challenges.  Outside of that and writing, I like movies, TV shows, video games, books, and exercise.  I like non-fiction material about psychology and human behavior, and I like psychological thrillers or anything that makes you think differently about the world.  It’s kind of an obsession, if you can’t tell.  Finally, I love to eat.  My favorite cuisines would have to be Italian, East Asian (e.g., Chinese/Thai), Mexican, American, and Indian.  The theme across those is that they all have delicious starches and sauces.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I have a site, yourmeaninginlife.com, along with the usual social media pages and author pages:

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Rising Petals (Author Interview)





Rising Petals looks like a wonderful collection of poems.  What type of reader did you write the book for?

We are busy with our day-to-day compulsions. We are anxious and fearful about our future. On the other hand, we romance with our remote past - a time of our choice and a form of our choosing. But we are not sure about our present and often miss it too. The book tries to describe our world - its inner and outer - its anxieties and fear, and springs a seed of hope. It’s all about our present. This book is for anybody who wants to get some reprieve from the cat-race, and seeks peace and solace.          


How long did it take you to write Rising Petals?

Though the majority ones are very recent, some poems are from different periods of my life. In fact, I wrote one poem among those when I was in school.

What inspired you when writing Rising Petals?   

My inspirations have been people, events, objects and nature around me. Dawn to dusk, day to night, land to sea, bells to noise, tramps to elites, places and phenomena - all have inspired me in each line and in each verse of the book. I have described my understanding and feeling in my note at the start of the book, and hopefully, this will inspire the readers to wade through the poems.

Any additional poem books in the works?

I am working on a historical fiction though I plan for my next poem book in the coming months.

How did you come up with the poems in Rising Petals?

These are my reflections, my thoughts wrapped in verses. While emotion and empathy cannot be quantified, readers will be able to match the poems with their stories of life from different perspectives. The poems in the books are organised in the alphabetic order; in fact, my wife had suggested to me for this when I decided to go for the publication.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Rising Petals?

Taking the titles from my book, I may describe. Life is a journey in a zoo. At the same time, it’s about creating a story that goes beyond any game. The feeble query about our welfare and renewal may look like a mirage or an anomaly. The hope or desire is like an Indian having coffee in an yacht in an evening while a kiss throwing a pebble and a few trinkets in a blink. We aspire for an X which can be a victory with noise saving our legacy from being unwanted - an offer difficult to ignore. And then, rising petals slowly move away making me alone to stand, struggle and hum!

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I don’t sit to write, I learn from books, people around me, from my work, nature and our history - basically prepare myself to write something.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website ashwinirath.com is the place where readers may track the news and updates on my writings and other activities.


The Power of Prioritization (Author Interview)





The Power of Prioritization looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  What type of readers did you write the book for?
-I wrote this book for individuals who want to do more with their lives and improve their situation with focus and persistent actions.            

How long did it take you to write The Power of Prioritization?
-It took me about 6 and a half weeks of drafting. editing, researching and revising.

What inspired you when writing The Power of Prioritization?   
-I was mostly inspired by my own desire to achieve more in life and in business. I have so many hustles and activities I do on a day to day basis that I knew that sometimes I needed to Prioritize instead of always trying to do everything at once.

-In addition, I was also greatly inspired by my father who passed. He was so revered by his peers and one of my main goals in life is to be as loved and respected as he was. He was a professor, consultant, businessman and more. Regardless of all that he still made time to watch tv shows with us, show us classic music, take us to basketball games on weekends, and take us to workout early in the mornings before school. I always admired his time management skills and how he would prioritize us in his busy everyday life.

How did you come up with the ideas in The Power of Prioritization?
-So I came up with the ideas in The Power of Prioritization by reading other self help gurus and authors. One of my biggest inspiration from ideas for this book came from Daymond John he’s the author of Power of Broke and is most famous for being a judge on the show Sharktank. In his book that I picked up called Rise and Grind he breaks down his processes for his days and how he could quantify his activity to grow his brand to become the legendary FUBU which was one of the most popular streetwear brands in the 90s and black owned.

In addition, I also took into consideration my own experiences such as how in basketball & lifting you must prioritize certain skills and muscles everyday. You don’t just lift chest every single day and you do not just go in and work on right hand dribble moves every single day. You must prioritize certain skills each and every day or workout in order to be a more complete player.

Just like how in business you cannot spend all day making calls. You must also spend some time to do input information for applications, file paperwork; create time to go to lunch with potential clients, doing work related research, and pursue professional development.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Power of Prioritization?

-One challenge I had was deciding exactly how much detail and specific info I wanted to put into the book. This is because too specific info might not translate so well for many readers but I also did not want to make my ideas too broad to almost seem like common sense and a waste of time.
So in summary I did not want to cut out an audience but at the same time wanted to make sure almost any individual from any profession or walk of life could take something from the book.

Why did you decide to become a writer?
-I decided to become a writer because I like to convey my thoughts in a meaningful way as to help the next individual navigate issues or ideas that I might have come across/have been thinking about.

What do you like to do when not writing?
-When I’m not writing I enjoy running basketball workouts for youth through my training organization EZ Buckets Basketball. In addition to offering top notch skill work I also teach the kids about college and take them to college visits, college basketball games, we do video breakdowns of our games and professional development such as our Leadership & Success Camp in partnership with RAYA Foundation.

-I also greatly enjoy helping people with their finances and putting their mind at ease by knowing exactly what money will be coming from where during retirement, diversifying their portfolios, creating income saving strategies and just getting their financial homes in order.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
-Readers can find out more about my work on Amazon!

Typing in Joshua Jogwe on amazon books and they will be taken to my author page where they can find more info on myself in addition to my 1st book I wrote as well.



Daydreams and Midnight Realities (Author Interview)




Daydreams and Midnight Realities looks like a fantastic collection of short stories and poems.  What type of poems and stories does the writing include?  
Daydreams and Midnight Realities include short stories – fiction and non-fiction, and poems on love and loss. The book also has a collection of Haikus. The stories and poems are loosely based on self-experience with a fictitious end.

The book has a unique name.  Can you tell us a little about it?  
I named the book with personal experiences, what I wanted my day to feel like or what I dreamt of during the day about my life, and how everything seemed so clear and frightful amid the darkness at night, the reality that it isn’t. Daydreams and Midnight Realities, sheds light on my dreams and realities, very hard to distinguish yet they exist, in my mind and in front of me.

What will readers get out of your book?
That we all share at least one experience that’s common, a feeling that most of us cannot put in words, a word of encouragement here and there. The words, they resonate differently with every person and I just hope they make a difference in some way or another. If they do, I think I’ve achieved something and for me that’s worth it.

What inspired you when writing Daydreams and Midnight Realities?Love and absence of it. When I found love, the love I had found had already found love, in someone else. The sheer strength it took to delve into it headfirst with no net to catch me and coming out in one piece, leaves a scar and I am still healing from it. I’d say the unrequited part played a lot of role in me deciding to share a story with a fictitious end to every chapter, except for some. That’s what you do when you can’t get yourself to talk about it, you write.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have been writing for over a decade now. I started out as an Urdu poet, then moved towards English poetry steadily. I had sheer interest in poetry since my school days and I just decided to pursue it.

When writing Daydreams and Midnight Realities did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Finishing the book was a challenging task. I had motivation, there was this publication house that I signed up with, it was still a paid publication but they were supposed to take care of everything for the writers and things just crashed with them eventually. The publishing house shut down and I was left with a lot of debt back then. Going through that and finding that strength again to complete the book and put it out took a lot from me. This book was supposed to be out in 2017. But hey, I was able to finish it and get it out.   

What do you like to do when not writing?
I like to read, travel and have a keen interest in photography. But when you have bills to pay, you don’t always get to do the things you like. So, I try to give them time whenever possible and however much I can.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can find more of my work on:
Facebook page: The Fickle Poet
Instagram: @theficklepoet
Twitter: @theficklepoet


The Job Seeker & The Coach


"Probably the most disruptive job search formula in the market today"! 
Nicolas D. founder of RecVolt.com, and serial recruitment entrepreneur.

When Lisa loses her job, she only has four weeks to find work or leave the country. With her savings account empty and her VISA dependent on finding employment, her situation is dire. Can she revive her finances and escape the abyss in this challenging labor market?

After connecting with an enigmatic career coach, she discovers job search tools, methods, scripts, and techniques she has never heard of. As her job search progresses with every new discovery, little does she know that her work with the coach will also change the way she sees herself, the job market, and her career forever.

Inspired by a true story, Lisa’s journey is both a suspenseful tale, and a self-help guide that will help YOU fast-track your job search and stand out from the competition with a series of proven formulas and little-known “hacks.” What started as a series of job search coaching sessions turns out to be an eye opener into the hiring world and a step-by-step formula to truly stand out from the crowd.

Lisa's job search serves as a step-by-step guide and a classic case study on how to:    
  1. Generate more calls from employers with a 100% proven Resume Writing Formula    
  2. Secure more job interviews than the competition thanks to little-known Job Search Hacks
  3. Nail every job interview, (and tackle the most difficult questions) with the 3 S's method!
ALSO INCLUDED:
A powerful 3-step salary negotiation technique to boost your personal finances from day one!
Lisa is an American, conducting her job hunt in Dubai, a sunny, thriving trade hub which offers VISAs conditional on employment – and no unemployment allowance she can use as a parachute.
As Lisa's coaching sessions progress, she finds that the coach’s teachings about how to reach employers and impress them are universal, timeless, and perfectly apply to the American, European and Asian labor markets.
Discover the simple economics of how to market and sell yourself effectively with little-known tools & techniques, along with ready-made scripts and email templates for each step of your job search process.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author & Career Coach Hamza Zaouali has been an international recruiter since 2003, serving small & large organizations across multiple industries and job sectors.
After setting up his own recruitment firm in 2010, he became an employer, which helped him study the topic of job search from multiple angles. In 2014, he established Name Your Career (www.nameyourcareer.com), a training & coaching practice helping job seekers and professionals achieve their career goals.
His proven job search recipe has already helped thousands of job seekers worldwide (in over 150 countries) through his video programs and seminars. Today, Hamza continues to serve companies and professionals globally, as a recruiter, trainer, speaker and career coach.

Nursing (Author Interview)




Nursing looks like a great book on what it takes to be a nurse. Who is your target market for this book?  

I wrote the book with one thing in mind – I wanted to share my understanding and perspective on the intricacies of being a nurse, so, Whether you’re giving serious thought to changing careers, or you’re just curious about what being a nurse is really like, there’s nothing like immersing yourself in their world.

The nursing world is an entirely different world on its own, you are not expected to think, react, or behave like everyone else, you are always required to be that Nurse that the world needs. So my book speaks to anyone interested in learning about the nursing profession, anyone who wants to spend a few hours in the shoes of a Nurse.

Can you tell us a little bit about your experiences?

I have always wanted to be a nurse, the profession has always been a source of fascination even right from when I was a child. When I started nursing school, I had a rude awakening. It wasn’t as glamours as I thought, a lot of things changed, and so did I, when I finally became a nurse people were just downright rude and mean, everybody seemed to want what they wanted without giving a nickel about you or your feelings, of course, all these things came with the profession, but nobody had really prepared me for what was to come. I felt a little shell shocked, and it took me a moment to adjust and push past it.

I moved up in the ranks, and now as a Nurse Manager, I often see so many new graduates with the same dear in headlight look I used to have; nobody prepared them for this. Of course, I made it, and so can they, but not everyone can efficiently manage mental and emotional stress, some people might break down along the line. The goal of this book is to provide an eyeopening experience to help students navigate these rough waters, a kind of way to prepare new nursing students of what the books will never teach you.                                      

What will readers get out of your book? 

The readers will practically get an all-expense-paid tour into what Nursing entails; they will have access to what requirements (emotional, mental, and intellectual) need to be met as a nurse, they will know what to expect. The book provides valuable information that has, over the years have proven to be a vital aspect of success in the Nursing profession.

As a reader you will be educated and well informed of the dos and don ts, you might be a new student, or you might be contemplating on changing your career, this book will give you a second opinion, The expectations are high, and it requires more than just focus to succeed in this profession. 


What inspired you when writing Nursing?   

As a Nurse Manager, I see a lot of new nurses who get inducted into the nursing professions, they always appear to be unprepared and shocked at what the real nursing world is, most of them sometimes breakdown into tears, some just drop out, and others just become cold and devastated. I am honestly affected by this repetitive occurrence, and therefore I decided to help prepare the future nurses for what is to come by writing this book; they deserve to know what they are up against. I want to paint an accurate picture of the Nursing world while also encouraging and providing moral support for the new nurses who find their way into the profession.

It is truly a new Journey, one that they might need a manual for.


When did you decide to become a writer? 

I decided to become a writer because writing is one of the most effective ways of actively communicating one's experiences, ideas, thoughts, and perspectives to a broader audience. I have a story to tell, I have a message to pass, so I pick up my pen and write. I enjoy reading, sometimes I wish that I was exposed to more resources, tutoring, and lessons as a student… So I thought that I would become a resource for other people now that I have experience.

When writing,  Nursing did anything stand out as particularly challenging

It was difficult for me at first to write about the dark areas of the nursing profession. I had to try and find a balance so that my book wouldn’t be a source of discouragement for people who were interested in the profession. I was writing about things that not a lot of people know, things that some people wouldn’t even talk about, secrets, shortcomings, and hidden troubles that come along with the profession. I was also bothered that the book might contain too much information and details; at the same time, I didn’t want my book to scare off aspirants and recruits; it was challenging.
So, it was hard for me to find that balance, but thankfully I created an honest and truthful masterpiece about the nursing profession. I love my profession, but the book is just an honest expression of what the nursing profession truly is.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I am not writing, I enjoy reading books, binging out on movies, and roller skating. I am always looking for a way to connect with people.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can find more about my work at www.SmileyPublications.com

The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley (Author Interview)




The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley looks like a great thriller with spy and espionage elements. Will this be a series by any chance?
Yes. The book’s publisher bought two books from me based on the characters. The second book is ~67% complete and takes place in the thirty days immediately following the conclusion of the first Knucklehead book. As apparently there has been some early interest from Hollywood studios, the publisher has asked for more car chases, explosions and love scenes in Book 2.

Ralph is an interesting character. Can you tell us a little about him?Ralph Gibsen isn’t your typical spy. In fact, he may not be a spy at all. He's older, lumpy, blundering and abysmal at chatting up the fairer sex. Yet, he is attracting a significant amount of attention from the worldwide intelligence community. After all, as a 30-year Silicon Valley mainstay, he can phish your passwords, bust firewalls, and has developed software used by millions to circumvent government censorship. And now, he thinks he has stumbled upon a tech cabal who is pushing to misuse his own technology to create a weapon of mass persuasion.

What inspired you when writing The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley?I started writing adventure missives when I first moved overseas at the age of 25. Long distance phone calls were terribly expensive, so I’d type my missives onto a single page and fax them to friends and family. My imaginary friend (Ralph - from when I was four years old) became my stories’ protagonist. This was so I could tell risque/knuckleheaded/dangerous stories about my adventures travelling the world, without worrying my mother. A few years ago, when my mother was passing due to Parkinsons, she asked me to connect all of these stories into a narrative arc and publish a novel.
Almost all of the Knucklehead story and ideas are real life experiences with some added embellishment. I’ve traveled 7.3 million airline miles and lived outside the US for more than 12 years. I work as a venture capitalist and many of these new tech ideas used in the novel are companies I am currently involved or invested in.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley?
The writing was fun. The process of finding a literary agent and publisher was maddening. The process is arcane, silly and bound to be disrupted. Ten years from now, there will only be a handful of agents for diaper-wearing writers and dusty-old-school publishers.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Just like the protagonist in the Knucklehead story, I take great pleasure in continuously learning and laughing. They are worthy pursuits.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Your local bookstore is probably best. They can order it for you. Or try https://www.amazon.com/Knucklehead-Silicon-Valley-Craig-Vachon/dp/1947521136/