Wednesday, April 24, 2013

World of Writing, interview

-- Quote of the Day -- 

“{Marketing, as an author,} is all about getting people to be interested enough in what I have to say to want more. 
I don’t believe in hard selling – 
I want people to have an experience of me and what is inside the books 
and then if they feel that what I have to offer them is going to help them, 
then they can go ahead.” 

~ Mark David Gerson 

Today’s quote originates from the Best of Conscious Discussions segment of our  talk radio show featuring highlights of interviews with 2 experts in the realm of writing:

 -- World of Writing, Interview -- 

Today we have the pleasure of featuring yet another world of writing interview installment, and the topic today will be on writers making a difference with author: Doug Rose.

Albert Einstein said, “Once you accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” Doug “Ten” Rose has metaphorically worn stripes and plaid all his life. He has thirty years experience raising funds at street level for various causes, often while working under very adverse personal circumstances. He has invented and directed charity projects involving rock stars, pro sports teams, a governor, mayors, and senators. These projects raised awareness and large sums of money for others. He has recently written two books, Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense. True to Ten’s form, ALL author profits from these books will be donated to sponsor Wisdom Professionals. Find out more on Doug Rose at:

Q: How would a good friend describe you?
A: I think that’s pretty much covered in the intro above that my good friend and editor wrote. There are too sets of opinions. Folks who knew me earlier in life thought I was crazy. I was voted “Most Likely to Die,” which was an awe-inspiring title in the 5,000 student Lafayette HS of 1968 Brooklyn, New York. On the other hand, people who only know me for only the last decade or two think I’m a lot wiser than that, and appreciate my altruistic nature.

Q: What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? How do you plan to accomplish your goals?
A: My goal/objective is to raise enough money to sponsor a one percent increase in the number of Wisdom Professionals on Earth, beginning with but not exclusive to Tibetan Monks, Nuns, and causes. It seems, according to what folks tell me, that I’ve accidentally written a couple of great books. I’m not an author. I’m a broke-ass altruist. The only reason these books were ever written was to sponsor this charitable cause. It seemed the odds of sponsoring the project would be slightly better on the author route than trying to hit the Powerball numbers.

Q: How do you determine or evaluate success?
A: I determine success by how happy I am and how many other folks I can make happy. I’m told that my writing has made a lot of folks happier and mentally healthier. If I can accomplish the purpose of sponsoring a massive increase in Wisdom Professionals, I’ll help make the whole planet happier. It isn’t about money, friends. I know several rich folks who are living miserably, and others who have died of early heart attacks. If you are doing what you love, and it hurts no one and helps someone, that’s happiness.

Q: What inspires you?
A: You do! Any person who reads, does the research, strives, examines and eventually learns that they can make a difference with their knowledge and concern inspires me. Even more admirable is the person who then develops the skillful means, courage, and determination to transform their knowledge and concern into wisdom and functional positive action.

Q: What is your opinion of the world today?

A: It sucks, and it’s great. There are greater methods of destruction and cruelty than ever before. There are also technological advances that make it possible for us all to be a lot more communicative with and helpful to each other. Technology allows us access to wisdom that was previously unavailable. We’re on the teeter-totter. How is it going to work out? Which way will the see saw dip? That’s up to each and every individual. Where will you put your efforts—damaging selfishness or constructive universal concern?

Q: What is your contribution to society?

A: My very first contribution is to make continuous effort to not be a jackass. People have enough problems without some jackass adding to them. I try to helpful and nice to everyone. Even the most disagreeable people are just like us. Everyone wants to be happy. No one wants to be miserable. It’s only because some folks have had so many layers of crap piled on to their happiness that they act disagreeably. So I try to be nice, and if I can’t, I try to shut up. Then of course, there are the charity projects described in About the Author at the website--and this current project. There is also the information in the books, which many readers tell me has been very helpful to them.

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