For 2 weeks I was in a battle with Amazon concerning the publishing of my book. Early in June, the book was ready to be published. I had done my part. But I didn’t expect what came afterward.
The book was based on a simple idea. My Medium articles are quite popular and they are very insightful. Oftentimes I would read it and be inspired like I wasn’t the one who wrote it. But there was one problem, people would just read and move on. How is that a problem?
I figured out that the secret of success is not information. Instead, the secret is in the repetition of insightful information. We think we know something when we see it the first time. But when you read a second and third time, you are just beginning to uncover life-changing facts.
Most people wouldn’t care about what they have read or seen before. But if you want a piece of information to change your life, especially if you have strong habits in the opposing direction, you need repetition. You need to read it again and again until it controls your behavior.
Just because you can quote something doesn’t mean you understand it. If you can’t explain something to a kid, you really don’t understand it. If you don’t understand a concept, it cannot change your behavior.
How successful you are is a product of what you repeat
This is why I put together a bunch of my top articles from the first quarter of the year in a book. I am allowing people to get a repeat of the information into their minds without any distractions. But Amazon rightfully challenged me.
I had to prove that I am the copyright owner of the content since a significant portion of it is available online. And the battle began.
I kept sending proofs to Amazon and they were denied. The most interesting part was that the book was going to be permanently blocked from being published after 5 days of no proof. But I kept trying. I had put in too much effort into the project for it to fail.
Even though it is self-publishing, I was rejected 4 times. And I had to wait for days before Amazon would reply. But finally, I found a way that worked. I wrote Amazon a letter from my Medium account as an article. That was when they finally believed me.
It was such a relief.
You have probably read one or more of the chapters of the book as an article. So, I am not trying to tell you something you have not heard before. I am only trying to let you take it seriously. I guess that reading an article (I wrote) made you feel inspired. But rereading the information in a book is what makes that mindset change.
There are two takeaways from this post:
You must always have a way to prove that you are the copyright owner of your content or intellectual property
Change comes from repetition and not from a one-time inspiration
P.S. This is the first place I am sharing the book. The purpose is not to get you to buy the book. This book is one of the smartest things anyone can do with $20. The content and value far outweigh that price. The real stuff I value (in exchange for the book) is a good review. Thanks