On this episode of Book Journeys, Vice President for The Author Incubator, Jenn McRobbie, interviews Sara Kravitz, author of Just Tell Me What I Want: How to Find Your Purpose When You Have No Idea What It Is.
Sara understands the concerns that millenials face, with the need for mission-driven work which inspires them, noting that she started working at a time when the old, traditional, forty-hours-a-week jobs were starting to give way to newer types of work. She is a leading-edge millenial herself, and one of the concerns that she addresses in this book is enabling millenials – particularly those who, in secret, read self-help books in an effort to find their purpose.
Sara points out that those receiving the essential message that finding one’s bliss will enable one to live joyfully doesn’t go over well with those who are being dragged down by their present situation in life, as asking a person in that kind of depleted state to go to joy is asking a lot. Sara remarks that her book is intended to give the people who read it, and who are in that space, a place to be with where they presently are, remarking that people can feel guilty about not being able to figure out what their purpose is, despite all the opportunities available to them. As Sara noted, there might be several ways for people to live, but only a few are socially acceptable, so does one live the way one wants to or does one fit oneself into one of those few socially acceptable ways? She also noted that no part of the present educational system enables one to know just what success is, which only adds to the conflict. Sara also remarks that being in a state of bliss doesn’t mean that one is perpetually in such a state; as she remarked, “You can still have an incredibly blissful life, and you can still have to do the laundry.”
Writing a book was actually on Sara’s bucket list, so when the opportunity came for her to do so, under the auspices of the Difference Press, she took it; and now that she’s completed that, Sara remarks that she’s presently repopulating her bucket list with things that she wants to do. Writing the book was also a good way for Sara to structure her thoughts and give her a platform to build from, and the experience was both humbling and terrifying, and one which gave her a sense of achievement. For her, one of the biggest things she got out of publishing the book was when people write to her, saying that the book seemed to address them directly and changed their lives, particularly with the realization that they weren’t the only ones who were dealing with such issues.
To those who are considering writing a book, Sara advises that, if they feel they need to do just a bit more research, interview a few more people or such, then they are at the right time to write a book, as doing so will provide all of the answers to the questions and uncertainties they’re presently feeling.
Sara can be reached at sarakravitz.com.
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