Featured Interview With Author Olivia C. Garner
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Olivia. I am a newbie author. Writing the book „ How to Become the Me I Want to Be?“ has been on my mind for a long time, but it took my children to grow up and leave the house for me to get around writing it.
Many years ago, at the beginning of my professional career, I participated in a seminar on the rules of the game of success, which turned out to be a game changer. It taught me to develop a vision of my future self, set goals, manage my time, be grateful, and much more. I have achieved a lot of the goals I set for myself as a young woman, including finding m partner for life, having children, creating a business, staying healthy, and reaching financial independence. After all these years, I still use some techniques I learned there, even if I altered them and tailored them to my needs. My own experience has very much informed this book.
It always struck me that some people or children I had perceived as super bright somehow did not get very far. In contrast, others, much less talented people, worked hard and never gave up, thus managing to create their own successful companies or becoming successful professionals. And I observed that turning your life around is possible independent of age.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I discovered my fascination with books rather late when I started university. Since then, I have been an avid reader of historical fiction, crime stories, and classics.
My own book, „How to become what I Want to Be, “ has been brewing for years in my head, so when I finally sat down to write it, it was not difficult. I hope this is reflected in the book, as I want it to be engaging and easy to follow while delivering results.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
It might sound funny, but I enjoy children's books. On top of the list are definitely J.K Rawlings's „Harry Potter“, Tolkien, Michal Ende, Erich Kästner, and Cornelia Funke. I find Marguerite Duras, Oscar Wilde, and Hermann Hesse inspiring, and the futuristic novels by Hans Uwe Kling are entertaining. That makes a wild mix, but I like diversity.
I believe that books outside academia need to be engaging, tell a story, and convey information in a readable and concise way. Reading and Learning should always be fun! My book heavily draws on my own experience. I hope I created an enjoyable guide on how grit, perseverance, and resilience can be developed as an adult leading to a fulfilling life journey.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I had a clear vision when writing „How to become what I Want to Be “: I wanted my readers to unlock their potential. First-hand experience taught me perseverance, grid, or stamina (whatever you want to call it) is the most important factor in achieving your desired goals. Not talent, but rather the ability to stick with your goals over a long period through the inevitable setbacks and walls you will certainly hit.
Consequently, long-term goals must be passionate. They must make you get out of bed early in the morning and give your best every single day. And if it didn’t work today, they make you try again tomorrow. This sounds very challenging, but it becomes fun as soon as some glimpse of success appears.
And I wanted to equip my readers with an easy-to-follow step-by-step approach to help them set such passionate goals that they can stick with them and achieve results.
I take the reader on a journey to set long-term and meaningful goals, break them up into smaller, more easy-to-digest goals, create habits, and engage in deliberate practice to unlock success and create virtuous circles. Many little hints and tricks that add up. These methods are applied to specific areas of life such as professional, financial, health and well-being, personal interests and relationships. I encourage my reader to pick one or two to start with, perhaps the most troubling or urgent to fix to get the fundamentals right.
My objective is to engage the reader, to take him on an exciting journey to become the desired self. It’s an exciting journey, I think, the most exciting journey of your life. I hope my reader enjoys the book as I enjoyed the journey of writing it!
Take the journey of setting long-term and meaningful goals, break them up into smaller, more easy-to-digest goals, create habits, and engage in deliberate practice to unlock success and create virtuous circles. Many little hints and tricks that add up.
These methods are applied to specific areas of life. Pick one or two areas to start with, perhaps the most troubling or urgent to fix to get the fundamentals right.
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