Today, I did a lot of reading and I’m about a third of the way through the book, “Ten”. This book is a special one because I’m reading it in preparation for my first podcast conversation next week.
Last week, I received an intriguing e-mail from a Hank M. Greene, the author of the book. He e-mailed me in response to the post about my new podcast. He had a story that needed to be told about his passion to tell the story I’m reading.
And what I’m reading is a draft of the first part of his trilogy about three kids who create the first computer-based awareness system. Hank has also made himself a character in the story.
Outside of the novel, Hank is busy working a full-time position and is also a husband and family man who has little time to write, yet still, he has made the time. He is writing and piecing together this story in short spurts throughout the day: on walks, between shows, and in early mornings.
Something about Hank’s passion to get this story out was extremely inspiring to me and I knew this was a conversation I wanted to have.
So here I am.
I’m taking a short break from reading and there’s a lot of things going through my mind:
How to frame the conversation…
How to keep it interesting…
How to form a story about a storyteller with the passion to write a story…
It’s interesting to think about.
As I was on my phone reading, I was tabbing back and forth between the story and Google docs, taking notes and slowly creating a loose narrative for our conversation.
I think an underlying theme here is going to be the passion to create and the process of creating.
Like Hank, I think if we really want something in life, we should go after it and by any means necessary.
There are so many excuses that can be made to keep us from our passions: lack of time, lack of resources, too tired, not enough talent, not enough knowledge.
In the preface of the story, Hank says,
“ The supporting technical material is something I have
dangerously little real-world knowledge about, yet have always
loved to read about.”
As soon as I read that, I thought how easy it would have been to use that as an excuse to not write.
But of course, Hank wrote in spite of what many would perceive as an insurmountable limitation.
One of my favorite quotes comes to mind:
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you cannot do something. If you have a dream you have to protect it. . . If you want something. Go get it. Period!” -Will Smith
And I would add to that,
“Don’t ever tell yourself you cannot do something.”
That’s what this is really about. We all have something valuable we can contribute to this world. Whether we take on the challenge, well that is up to us.
If you’d like to check out Hank’s story, check out his site here. If you’d like to hear our conversation, I have a tentative release date of May 7th.