January 11, 2009

Do It to Give Back, Not to Get Rich.

I don’t know why eyebrows raise whenever I mention that a portion of my book’s proceeds benefit the Tulsa Autism Foundation.

Apparently, donating a portion of one’s royalty fundage isn’t something you hear a first-time author doing.  And from the looks of things, most well-established authors don’t partake in this little activity either.

Why is that?

I wonder if some of my favorite authors give a portion of their fundage to charity???

Particularly, those authors whose genre is personal development and growth/self-help… authors like James Arthur Ray, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, Eckhart Tolle… to name a few.

First and foremost, I know what they do with their money is none of my business, but curiosity/being nosey is, well, something that keeps me going.  I mean I could just sit over here, devouring chips and cookies to pass the time, but life’s too short for that nonsense which is why I’m going to get all up in these people’s business.  {wink}

James checked out, and Jack has apparently been giving for years!  Can’t seem to find anything on John or Eckhart… which doesn’t prove a thing and… life. goes. on.

It really isn’t any big deal that I’m giving away some of my royalties, and I’m not sure why this practice is considered “unusual”.   I thought this was what I was supposed to do.

When windows are opened is it not our spiritual responsibility to pay those blessings forward?  Hmmm, just thought of a movie to watch this weekend.

Offering up freebies like workshops, teleseminars, or an ebook now and then are nice, but I’m thinking we, author/writer folk, could do more.  We could do better.

It took me nearly 40 years to find/recognize my life’s purpose.

I now know the reason I sing (write).

Do you know yours?

What are you passionate about?

What motivates you on a daily basis?

How are you feeding that passion?

And… are you paying it forward?

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