A lot of people are getting pissed off at the fact that I’m writing a book about Roger Huerta. I have no clue why, but ultimately it’s a good sign – because if people didn’t care, they’d have zero reaction to it. And a psychologically inert book cannot sell or make an impact.
For some reason, the concept of the book is pissing off:
- MMA haters who think MMA altogether is just a crock of shit
- MMA fans who think Roger Huerta is irrelevant to the sport given his recent string of losses
- Random people on forums who don’t like the fact that a female is speaking her mind
- Roger Huerta himself
And, of course, lots of people are interested in reading the book to see what kinds of details are gonna be included in it, and how I spin the story.
Let me just say, it’s not about “exposing” anyone. I’m just out to tell a good story about how I became interested in this fighter, and what it was like to meet him and hang out with him. Some of my tweets from post-fight may have been pot-stirring in nature, but I have no ill feelings towards Roger or anyone else for that matter. Roger inspired me to do several positive things for myself, including the 60-day Insanity workout, more traveling, and facing my fears. For that, all I can do is wish endless blessings upon him.
Now onto the point of this post. I’ve graced several MMA forums with my presence in the past week, blew up some threads (as I have a tendency to do), and wasted a lot of hours talking about the book-in-progress. It was all fun and games, but now it’s time to get down to serious business.
Now I’m going to turn off the noise, unplug from the chatter, and disregard all feedback from the outside world for 40 days starting this Wednesday – which happens to be the beginning of Lent.
Even though I’m not a Catholic, I picked that day to start a “fasting” from all online communications – save for work-related emails. Bottom line: I’m just not gonna pay attention to anyone out there. Why? Because no one can tell me what I can or can’t do. I’m the only one who gets to decide that.
I’m gonna use this time to tune in, focus on finishing the book (I’ve made a ton of progress on it, btw…), and get this fucker FINISHED and out the door. Pardon my French.
So here’s what’s gonna happen: I’m going to blog on this site for anyone who wants to read about my MMA interest and Roger Huerta book updates. My other site, QuickResultsCopywriting.com, will be purely for my copywriting business. Meanwhile, I’m not gonna read any feedback (YouTube, Twitter, forums, etc.) on anything until Lent is over or I’ve finished the book – whichever comes first. I don’t even know what day Lent ends, but I live with a bunch of Catholics so I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
The most successful people in the world all seem to have one thing in common - they’re able to focus intently on one thing at a time, and literally block out everything else until they’ve finished the highest priority project. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Right now, finishing this book is my highest priority. I need to prove to myself that I can do it (I’ve been trying for 10 years to finish a book. Starting is easy… finishing is the hard part). Secondly, I want to deliver what I promised to all the people who are really interested in this story. I know in my heart the book is going to have a big impact on readers, and I hope it’s a positive one.
I checked the shelves at Barnes & Noble… There ain’t nothin’ like what I’m doing in the MMA section. There is a big GAP where “personal lives of fighters” should be. There are a handful of fighter biographies, but nothing like the type of book I’m writing. (I’m not writing a biography of Roger… it’s more about my personal story of how he affected me.)
To all the people who’ve given me positive feedback and encouragement, a big thank you. I’ll do my best to make sure this book is well worth the read.