1. What was your inspiration to start writing your blog? I understand you were in the web design business prior to becoming a blogger?
My first introduction to the Internet saw me writing ezines.
The response from those who read my material was extremely positive and encouraging.
As a writer, which at times can be a lonely profession, it was a delight to receive immediate feedback. So I persisted.
As the years passed, my original website metamorphosed into a blog as I became more aware of the growing popularity of that medium.
The response to my words continued to grow, and my influence increased beyond my imagination.
I have had but one desire as I write, and that is to inspire and equip others to become the best they can possibly become.
And yes, before taking on the mission to be a blogger I owned a web design company for seven years.
My entrepreneurial journey, which has now spanned over more than twenty years, has provided me with some great material that can be shared with my blogging audience.
I write from real life experience, not theory.
2. What was the turning point in your life?
When I learnt to drive we had to become proficient at what is called a three point turn. In life I have lost count as to the number of turns that I have had to make.
I would rather call them multiple twist and turning points.
As a direct result of that I have successfully maneuvered my life through valleys, mountains, setbacks, rivers, and open plains with my eyes forever on the prize. And what is that?
To reach my fullest potential and to pass on what I have learnt to those who choose to follow in my footsteps.
3. What important lessons have you learned by being a business owner/entrepreneur for more than 20 years?
Be the eternal student
Choose a mentor
Support fellow travellers
Walk in humility
4. What is your own definition of success?
Success is not necessarily automatic. It may require some manual labor.
5. What were some of the obstacles you were facing early in your business career?
I had to discover what questions to ask. Once I learnt to ask the right question, that’s when I started to get the right answer.
6. And later in your blogging career?
I learnt the value of being persistent and of being consistent.
Just like in other businesses that I’ve owned and operated I had to be willing to work for twelve months or even longer for no seeming financial gain until I started to see a return on my investment of time, energy and resources.
7. What is your method of dealing and overcoming those obstacles?
Obstacles? I either go around the wall, or if that doesn’t work I go under it, or even try to go over it, and if none of those shift that wall, I go and get some dynamite.
I blow the wall to smithereens. That’s what it takes.
8. What inspired you to write your book, ‘If We Screw Each Other, We’re All Screwed’?
The inspiration to write this book was more about strategy than inspiration.
Through researching my blog, Facebook & LinkedIn audience it became vividly clear that people adore quotes – so much so that hundreds of thousands of people have visited these posts on my personal blog.
So although I could have written a conventional book, as I had done previously when I first self-published three books under the name Peter Sinclair, I decided that my first book to be published by a publishing house as Peter G. James Sinclair should contain what I call ‘liquid gold’ material.
These short, punchy and original sayings, which can be readily applied to one’s life, I believe are the best way to introduce myself to the North American book buying public.
For years now North America has continually represented my largest blog readership.
Now I come armed with my latest book. The rest of the world will follow.
9. What key lessons can a reader get out of the book? Is there a kindle edition of your book?
It is worth selling everything to buy wisdom. The greatest investment you can ever make first, is in yourself.
A Kindle edition? Yes. Available right now on AMAZON. It also comes in hardcover and paperback. Check out my ‘Book Trailer’ here –
10. If someone is starting out e.g becoming a blogger or want to own their own business, what advice would you give them?
Make a commitment and a decision that you’re going to stick with it for the next twenty years. And most importantly decide, even before you set out on your journey, that no matter what happens, you will NEVER QUIT.
Check out Peter’s book trailer on Youtube: