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My Proudest Achievement

This is kind of an embarrassing story …

Last year, I wrote a book.

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. For anyone who has attempted to write a book (or even a Blog post), you can likely relate.  The emotional resistance and fear of failure is so great, it can paralyze you into taking no action.

I wrote about this experience here: Fear and How to Beat It

Anyway, so everyday I forced myself to sit down at 6am, and to not get up until I had 1000 words or more written down. The writing each day wasn’t always great, in fact most of it wasn’t good and had to be removed during editing.

My biggest challenge was moving forward and overcoming that little voice in my head that told me I didn’t know how to write. I knew that if I could just finish it, I could do it again. And thus, mark an important personal milestone.

My goal was to not only get it done, but to complete a polished final product that I was proud of. I wanted it to be simple, beautiful and immensely helpful (and actionable).

After three months of hard work (mostly overcoming the voice in my head), two all-nighters, learning how to design a book from scratch, and by the grace of Jesus-Buddha-Allah-Krishna and all other things Holy, I finished.

I tell you… that was THE hardest thing I’ve ever done! Harder than having a baby. Harder than parallel parking. Harder than completing college.

And then I did the most curious thing… I didn’t launch it.

After quietly sending it to all the good people who had pre-ordered it (for which I am deeply grateful. Thank you.), I moved on to the next project. In fact, if I didn’t have the pre-orders, I never would have finished it.

I did the one thing that Seth Godin stressed not to do: starting stuff and not shipping it. “Don’t just start stuff. You have to ship!”  

In hindsight, completing it wasn’t the hardest part. Shipping it, launching it, and making it public was.

Truth was, I was scared. Even after receiving positive feedback and testimonials from the people who had pre-ordered, I was afraid that you wouldn’t like it. I was afraid of criticism and failure.

I felt as if the little kid in me was completely shaken up. So I closed her off completely.

Unconsciously convinced by the little voice in my head that told me it wasn’t good enough and that I wasn’t good enough… I came up with enough excuses to not take the next step.

But you know what? It bothered me. Every few weeks, I would be reminded of this incomplete project. Someone would ask or I would think about it and then feel completely embarrassed.

Then some weeks ago, Cat mentioned it in an email exchange:

“Discover You Now is wonderful. I finally finished it a few months ago. It’s packed full of hands on learning. You should launch it, and I think it poses a lot of questions that would be extremely helpful to people.”

I then proceeded to give her lame excuses for why I hadn’t launched it. And immediately after typing that, it felt like it was a lie.

When examining it consciously and honestly, the real reason was Fear. And all my excuses were just pretty bows to cover up this truth.

Anyway, my point of telling you all of this is two fold:

1. Letting you know what this project is all about. And why it’s taking me forever to launch it. :)

2. If you have a project that you want to do but fear keeps getting in the way, or have a project you’ve started but never launched…. Just do it!  It will be more painful not to do it, because thinking about it will eat at you and consume an enormous amount of energy.

What is “Discover You Now” All About?

It’s more accurately described as a personal workshop than a book. It documents and describes everything I’ve learned on the topic of finding your life purpose—essentially living a life with meaning, purpose and passion.

Over the last 10 years, I’ve spent over $10,000 in workshops and self-education on this topic and have distilled these learnings through practice and experience down to a few highly actionable steps.

In Discover You Now, I walk you through the steps that I personally use to gain in-depth understanding of myself, my values, my purpose, my mission, my goals, and how I ultimately use this heightened awareness and insight to make exceptional decisions; decisions that will lead to more joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

In addition to the above, there are two more major sections in the guide:

  • Work – Discover how to make a living with your passion.
  • Action – Create a plan and learn how to following through and get it all done.

Looking through DYN now, I am immensely proud of what I’ve created. And I hope that it will bring you many ‘ah-hah’ moments and valuable personal insights.

Don’t just read the words; make sure to do the worksheets. That’s where the money is and you will be glad you did (as I have done, countless times in the last decade).

I’m not a sales person … so let me get to the point:

The price will be $58. You will also get over $100 worth of bonuses for Free from some amazing authors (Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Danielle Laporte, Jennifer Louden, etc).

And if you’ve tried DYN and are not happy with it for any reason, you can request for a full refund. I want to make sure you are happy, and I am honored to be a part of your journey towards self-understanding and living an extraordinary & magical life.

Click here to read more or click on the pink button below to order.

Much Love,

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Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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16 thoughts on My Proudest Achievement

  1. Having been one of Tina’s beta testers, I can attest that Discover You Now is a truly useful tool for anyone seeking personal growth and effectiveness. I have been through dozens of books and courses from many of the leaders in personal growth over the past decades, and yet I found myself having multiple “Aha!” moments as I worked through the material in Discover You Now. I am so very proud of Tina for breaking through and releasing this work and excited for the people who will benefit from using it.

  2. Having gone through your original 15 questions some time back, I am looking forward to trying out your in-depth material!

  3. This is a beautifully honest post. It is so refreshing to hear such emotional honesty and willingness to be vulnerable. I always tell people that the most powerful impact on others comes when you are authentic. Congratulations on finishing and “shipping”. I just watched that Seth Godin video the other day!

  4. Yasemin

    Hi Tina,

    I’m so sorry this is a delayed feedback to Discover You Now, but I just have to tell you what an amazing impact it had on my life and I’d like to share that with other members of the TSN community.

    When I read through DYN and completed the worksheets (I ensured I completed them fully and in high detail), I noticed a total shift in my thinking and viewing of the world around me. I paid attention to the things in life that mattered.

    When I pre-ordered DYN last year, it was during a turbulent time of change for me and reading and working through it helped me feel grounded. I felt that all of the answers to my questions were already inside of me and that I just needed to let go of the fear and follow my heart and intuition. I find so many friends and people in this world are ‘unsure’ of what they want to do in life and where they want to go. DYN shows that all of those answers are already within us – we just need to explore them.

    Since I worked through your workbook, I discovered what my ultimate dream lifestyle was and lived it. I discovered my passions and followed them. I haven’t looked back since.

    I want you to know that your work matters. What you contribute to this world is so valuable. You are most definitely worthy. Kick that fear to the curb. There are so many people out there that love and support you no matter what. Even quiet people like me who have been wanting to give feedback believe in you, but just haven’t said so yet.

    Thankyou for changing my life xx

  5. I have to completely encourage anyone who has not tried this program to give it an honest chance. It worked wonders for me. It’s so easy to understand and when you commit to the worksheets, you see results. I did a review of it on my blog over the course of 2 posts + a post on my action plan that Tina helps you develop.

    Truly amazing!!

  6. Very inspiring Tina. We are our own obstacles, aren’t we ? thank u so much for sharing this story. To simply get the work done and then ship is, is such an important lesson for me as a writer. God bless and every success to you and the wonderful book. It will be great !!

  7. Garnet and Jen

    Hi Tina,

    Just want to say thanks for your many great posts, they always arrive at the right time in life. This looks like a great project you are in process of presenting-congratulations on starting and finishing. From this posting you have reminded us that “when you believe you achieve.” :-)

    Thanks– Garnet and Jen

  8. Hi Tina,

    I really enjoyed this post and I wish you all the best with your book. I have also been writing a book and I could truly connect with the internal struggle and I have often found in life that those moments of putting yourself out there, exposing your passion and being vulnerable; although the scariest, bring the greatest rewards of growth and success!
    Your honesty and strength has inspired me to step forward again, get it done and shipped! :)
    Take Care

  9. So excited to get started on ‘Discover You Now!’ Thanks for sharing such a great post about your achievement, and thank you for sharing your work! Can’t wait to dig in!

  10. sonal

    So happy to know about your book . God bless you ! Good work always gives inspiration to the person who does it and to all who need it .

  11. When I read this post I thought “how did I not know she had a book?” Haha, good to know I’m not crazy.

    “In hindsight, completing it wasn’t the hardest part. Shipping it, launching it, and making it public was.”

    That really resonates with me because that is where I am stuck RIGHT NOW. I’ve developed some products and services and though getting started – and finishing – was tough, the hardest part of me is TELLING people the stuff is there, ready to be consumed, applied, devoured.

    I thought that was just me :-) Good to know I’m not alone. And congrats on your launch! The book looks awesome.

    Great post, Tina!

  12. It’s my deepest desire to write at-least one book. Great to know about your experience and achievement. And you are pretty right about saying that fear is what limits us to reach the unbound, the sky.

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom, angel. :)

  13. Annie

    I have been struggling with getting going on personal goals, projects, and dreams, and also consider fear as the root of my lack of follow through. I realized this past week that today marks six months until my 31st birthday, and feel the need to get a better plan of action in place for taking steps towards my dreams during these upcoming months. This is perfect, and I can’t wait to do all of the activities and read the advice offered! Thank you!

  14. Stephanie

    Hi, Tina. I bought this yesterday and I still have yet to receive an email regarding the book. I forgot the email you told us to use if this happens. Thanks for your time and I’m looking forward to reading it when I get it!
    -Stephanie Plucinsky

  15. Krysta

    Ahhh just read this – on the 16th :( Sighs. Loved hearing about your writing process though…

  16. Congratulations Tina! It’s a huge accomplishment to “ship!”

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