Thursday, January 8, 2015
From Paranoid Schizophrenic to a Life of Service
by Don Karp at http://donkarp.blogspot.mx/
I was labeled "paranoid schizophrenic" back in the '70's and had multiple hospitalizations of about a month each over a ten year period. Having survived this battle with my demons, I wondered if I could help others with similar problems. Since I do a lot of journaling, I decided to start writing about my experiences.
It took me 18 years until I finally published my memoir: "The Bumpy Road". This was “gutsy”, but “I got a little help from my friends”, as the Beatles song says. Meeting an award-wining writer, who asked me to provide her with my manuscript was the beginning of making this publication a reality. She read it and told me, along with many editorial suggestions, “I was so absorbed in the story that I forgot to go to my yoga class! “
Things just seemed to fall into place after that—I was in the “zone”--meeting an artist who did my cover, a web designer who introduced me to social media after designing my page, and a graphics person to do the formatting, and then finally self-publishing in March 2012.
I began to ride the wave of many book events. Getting up in front of a crowd to speak about my life was scarry! “Who cares about me?”, I thought. I managed to get some sales. But was I really helping those in need?
In October of 2014, I took a gutsy leap and enrolled in a course in online marketing. On my very low social security budget, this was a huge leap of faith. I have designed a landing page, and am offering a free ebook for those who sign up for my blog, leveraging my memoir and life experiences to offer comparisons of digital self-help programs to boost self-esteem. In the future I will create products based on what my readers tell me they want. The blog launch will be around the fall of 2015.
Now I feel I am finally pursuing a way to help others based on my own life experiences.
Couldn't you do the same?