In today’s article I would like to share some thing that may benefit you. Let me explain. Several years ago my best friend helped me begin a project of putting together an e Book. We worked on the project and then hit some impasses with his ability to continue to help me with the project. Consequently, the project stayed on the proverbial “shelf”. About a month ago during a conversation with another friend, she encouraged me to put together a book. So, I spoke with my friend — who helped me to begin the project in 2011 about continuing with the project of the e Book. As we spoke about continuing with the project, he encouraged me to learn how to construct an e Book for myself, as he would not always be available to help me.
His suggestion of learning how to construct an e Book seemed daunting and overwhelming to me, given what we had worked on together. Nevertheless, I started on the journey of discovering how to create an e Book. Fist of all, I needed to decide on which program to use to create the e Book. I do not have Microsoft Office, nor can I afford to obtain a copy of Microsoft Office. My friend suggested that I use either Open Office or Libre Office, as both are open source productivity suites. Open source means that you do not have to pay to use them. Both Open Office and Libre Office offer similar capabilities — from what I understand — that Microsoft Office offers. So, what I did, after doing some research: I made the decision to use Open Office Writer, which is part of the Open Office Suite, to write my e Book.
After making this decision, I did extensive research over the course of 35 hours using various video presentations that people upload to You Tube. I took notes and retook notes and attempted to follow the pattern that my friend John had set to build the e Book we started working on in 2011. None of what I learned and attempted seemed to work, until I attempted to apply the principles that I learned through the various You Tube presentations and by examining the frame work that my friend used in 2011. By combining the terminology and the illustrations I was able to make the process of creating an e Book work for me. I am glad that I did not give up on the process. I am glad that I persevered through using different principles that I have learned on my journey.
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
Below are a few of the principles that I applied that helped me through the process of learning and creating my first e Book. The highlighted and underlined links, attached to the principle (s); are articles that I have written, which further explain the principle that I used in the creation of my first e Book.
The principle in the riddle: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One Bite at a Time. Although the project seemed daunting at times, by remembering that I could accomplish the project one bite at a time, I stayed with / in the process. Traumatic Brain Injury and the Elephant
The principle of Pieces: Individually the pieces of the project, independently; did not seem to make much sense to me, but as I joined them together, collectively; they helped me to complete the project of writing my first e Book. Creating a Destiny with Puzzle Pieces and Threads
The principle of Baking the Cake: Individual each ingredient in the process of creating my e Book did not work to bake my cake (e Book), but by combining the various ingredients; I was able to bake the cake. By looking to different sources of wisdom and insight — through various You Tube Videos presentations and by following different patterns — I was able to gain the necessary ingredients to bake my “bake”, my first e Book. Accomplishing Goals and Baking Cakes
The Principle of Slow and Steady: By realizing that I was in a process, a journey of sorts; I remembered that I could learn at my own pace. I remembered that slow and steady wins the race. Living with a brain injury and the Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare
In the event that you are thinking about starting a project, I would encourage you to use the above principles. The Principle of the Riddle. The Principle of the Pieces. The Principle of Baking a Cake and The Principle of Slow and Steady. And as I found, through the process of writing my first e Book; you can take the process, one bite, one piece, one ingredient and at the process at your own pace. My only suggestion is that you stick with the process and not give up. If you need to, get away from the project for a while, do so my friend. By getting away from the project and by returning later, you will think more clearly — as I did — when you start working back on the project. What did not seem to make sense, will become more obvious to you.
Over a course of time you will consume your elephant (s), put your puzzle (s) together, bake your cake (s) and win your race (s) because you stuck with the process.
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