Name: Carlos Cooper
Tell us a little bit about your business.
I am a full-time author. I currently have three different series: The Corps Justice series. The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon. The Mentor Code series. I’m also a regular contributor to the popular writer’s blog, The Write Practice.
Where do you see yourself in 10-years?
I write a lot, so I’m planning on having a lot of books published. Writing from the beach wouldn’t be bad either 🙂
What do you love most about what you do?
I get to be creative. Everything I did up to the point where I took on writing full time was focused on services and processes. It’s a lot of fun to wake up and craft a new story. Inspiring and empowering my readers is the primary goal of what I do.
Why is accountability important in your business?
If I didn’t hold myself accountable, I wouldn’t hit my deadlines and I wouldn’t have any books on the market. It’s easy for writers to get lazy or blame writer’s block when they’re in a slump. I don’t have time for that. I’m harder on myself than I ever was with my employees.
How has mindset been responsible for your success?
Being in the public domain can be tough. Sometimes I get reviews that really sting. If I didn’t have a winning mindset, focused on the future, there’s no way I’d be where I am today.
How has personal growth helped you?
It’s been everything to me. I’m not perfect and I never will be. As soon as I started focusing on my strengths and weaknesses, and finding a better way, my life changed dramatically.
What do you do when you need help in your business?
First, I see if I can fix it myself. For a long time, that’s all I did. I was never very good at asking for help. Now I have my mastermind group to bounce ideas off of. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve helped me formulate a plan to get me to where I wanted to go. Heck, if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be making a living as a writer!
Why should professionals have others to bounce ideas off of?
Take me, for example. I’m an entrepreneur. Always have been. When I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of, I felt alone, cut off, stranded.
What would you tell a person who is struggling with their business?
First, do some soul-searching and figure out whether what you do is what you want to do for the next five to ten years. If you need help, seek out the advice of someone who cares about you, but will give you an honest dose of reality. That’s where my mastermind group comes in for me.
How do you define “full potential”?
I see it as someone who’s firing on all cylinders. When you’re in tune with your inner and outer self, willing to take criticism, willing to change and improve, you’re well on your way.
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