Monday, February 02, 2015

Interview with D.L. Anderson, author of 'Unlocking the Mystery of You'



D. L. Anderson is a speaker and life trainer whose goals are centered on helping others live a life of purpose, excellence, and balance. Drawing on 15+ years of experience in various fields including information technology, consulting, and business management, D. L. Anderson is very excited to be able to effectively teach others the same principles which have made his life both fulfilling and successful.

His latest book is the self-help book, Unlocking the Mystery of You: The Pinnacle of Purpose.
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About the Book:

Do you know who the most important person in your life is? Just look in the mirror and you will see – it’s you. Whether you’re a college student, a housewife, a salesman, or the president of the United States of America, the most important person in your life is and will always be you.
That being said, your primary objective in life should be to know who you are so that you can position yourself to succeed in offices aligned with your purpose. After all, your purpose is the collective reasoning behind your existence. As one philosopher puts it, “Purpose is the only real reason you are here, for you exist because your purpose exists. Thus apart from purpose, you have no authentic motivation for living. You may very well exist, but when you’re gone, very few will ever know that you were here.”
Now for some of us discovering our purpose is simple. We understood it long before we ever became adults. For others it is not so easy, and for more reasons than I can gather. This is why the process of personal discovery is so critical; for not only does it allow you to discover your purpose. It also positions you to persistently follow the evolution of your purpose.
This is important because we are all changing every day. Consequently, our purpose will also change contingent to the season of life we are in. Still, in spite of this inevitable change and all the complexities which make understanding your purpose difficult, you will always be able to detect your purpose simply because it is the source of your fulfillment. So if you’re in a job, relationship, or any office which is persistently unfulfilling, odds are it is not aligned with your purpose – and unless you are willing to concede the awesome measures of fulfillment you would experience otherwise, you need to start thinking about making a change so that you can both enhance your life and have profound impacts in the various groups and societies you are in.
“Unlocking the Mystery of You” champions this cause focusing first and foremost on purpose and the crucial role it plays in achieving personal fulfillment and setting the stage for the individual to be a catalyst for group fulfillment. It accomplishes this goal by utilizing a purposeful roadmap designated as the Pinnacle of Purpose. The Pinnacle of Purpose is a progressive path illustrated by 7 ascending levels which, if followed sequentially, not only have the power to transform your life. It will provide you with the greatest measures of fulfillment and success life can offer. All you have to do is follow the crucial, yet simple order of purpose, beginning with confidence and concluding with peace. 
So if you’re ready for a change; if you’re ready to stop sleeping on your dreams and your truest passions; if you’re tired of the status quo and living a life which feels incomplete; if you’re tired of wishing your life was better and are now prepared to do something about it; if you’re finally ready to take that ever-difficult leap of faith, then this is a book you must read. Because in this book I show you how to take that leap of faith without falling, for when you leap towards your purpose, you will always land squarely on your feet.
This is true first and foremost because your purpose is what makes you unique to every other individual in the world today, a premise which thoroughly validates the existence of every man and women on the earth. The problem is that many don’t understand their purpose. Once upon a time I didn’t either. That is until I got serious about life. It was then that I realized what purpose is.
It is the collection of all your authentic desires; it is your passion. It is your North Star and your direction; it is your life-long teacher – and above all else, it is that which causes you to press through any form or measure of adversity until you unleash your maximum potential, for it gives you the strength to hold on when you have no strength left within you to hold on.

For More Information

  • Unlocking the Mystery of You is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Visit Life Pinnacles blog.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

A: I’m a writer and teacher by nature, and understood that this is what I was destined to be when I was about 8 years old. Accordingly, whenever I come across a topic which can help educate others and better their lives, I begin educating myself on the topic and prepare myself to write another book. In fact, this is the 3rd book I’ve written in the past 5 years (all of the self-help and personal development genre) and I have plans to write another one this year.

As for this particular book, the idea came from my personal journey through life. See I was enjoying a very successful career in the field of information technology. I became an IT director at the age of 25 and ascended to levels in my professional career faster than approximately 90% of my peers.

Yet in spite of this fact, I came to the eventual realization that my life (on the whole) was not fulfilling in spite of the obvious success I was having in my professional career. I didn’t realize it then, but eventually it hit me – I was not fulfilling my purpose, the channel by which we experience both fulfillment and the highest most authentic measures of success.

That’s when I sought out to discover a path which would allow me to make a transition to leading a purpose-driven life – and I did. I wrote this book to share my story and this path with others who have also come to the conclusion that their fulfillment is more important than temporary and/or incomplete measures of success.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

A: It wasn’t hard at all. It took time, of course. All worthwhile pursuits do. Nonetheless, I would encourage my fellow writers to stick to writing on topics in which you are truly an expert. It’s hard enough trying to find the best way to convey your message when you know exactly what you are talking about. It’s exponentially harder when you attempt to do the same on a topic in which you admittedly are not an expert. So if you want the process of writing a book to be as simple as possible, stick to writing what you know.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

A: My publisher is Author House. I found them years ago. They are local and have always provided me with a good product. Eventually I will self-publish; but for the time being, I am enjoying working with them.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

A: The thing that surprised me most was how long it takes to edit the book. Each round of corrections takes weeks to accomplish. Therefore, I would advise each writer to make sure their final manuscript is as close to a finished product as possible.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

A: I am currently working on the 2nd book in this series, which I am entitling my Life Pinnacles series. This book will build off Unlocking the Mystery of You and focus on the importance of excellence and success. This is crucial because fulfillment begins with purpose, but it doesn’t end there. On the contrary, for us to continue to experience fulfillment, we must succeed in the offices we are in.

For this cause, the 2nd book in this series will speak to the model of excellence and how we can achieve success in each of our live offices (e.g. a social office such as a parent or a professional office such as an accountant) once we have begun living our purpose. This is critical because our purpose represents all those things we are naturally good at, and corresponds to personal skills and abilities which position us to excel in specific offices and roles. Therefore, if we are to be successful in life, we must dedicate ourselves to our purpose as it is the principal avenue by which we find success.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

A: I’m always on LinkedIn. Most of my network is there and it gives me an idea of where everyone is at and what they are doing in their lives. Most of them, like me, are too busy to stay in close touch otherwise.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

A: The message I’m trying to get across is this: our world is filled with countless individuals in search of fulfillment and success. The problem is that many of them (like myself once upon a time) are going about their search the wrong way, for their search is not founded upon their unique purpose. Therefore, in order to find the fulfillment and success we are seeking, we must first dedicate ourselves to living our purpose.

It may not be the most popular thing to do. It may not make you rich. It may not make you famous. What it will do is provide each of us with an increasing levels of fulfillment, completeness, and success, which are (in my opinion) the greatest possessions any man or woman could have.
  
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

A: Yes; if anyone would like to learn more about my message and how I am helping others make the transition to living their purpose while finding true and enduring fulfillment and success in their lives, they can visit me at www.lifepinnacles.com.


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