Yanked from independent life, my adult children are living with me during California’s COVID-19 shelter in place. During the day, we do our own thing. At night, we share dinner then play a game (check out JackBoxTV!) or stream something that one of us wants the others to see.
I had NOT planned to catch feline fever by watching Netflix’s “Tiger King” but my daughter insisted. I tolerated the human circus to learn more about these 13’ long, 600-pound mammals. Instead, I learned about illegal big cat breeding, murder-for-hire scenarios and other less-than-savory topics.
In one episode, the TikTok fodder Carole Baskin said, “You can see how they go from being so sweet to tearing your face off, just like that, and it’s amazing to have that range.”
I see a parallel with joining a young start up agency. It’s really fun and energizing. It can also be a tad intimidating because of the scale and scope of work that I’m asked to do at high velocity. I have to grab a tiger by the tail.
In the first few weeks, I’d been writing blogs and such for the Forever Young Agency and enjoying every minute of it. Then one day, founder Young Han said that he wanted to convert his know-how into a book. He wants me to write it.
In my career, I have written just about everything. Press releases. Web content. Bios. Obits. Speeches. White papers. You name it. I have not, however, ever written a book.
“That’s no problem,” Young said. “I know you can do it.”
Ridiculous, right? We started the next day.
How to work with tigers? You have to appreciate the size and potential of what you’re working with. Don’t get intimidated and tame the project. Having a great team to watch my back is definitely an asset!
Now, I feed the beast every day. Young and I talk and plan. I write and write and write. Then I edit, cut, move and amend. Like training a tiger, I have to be disciplined and not let myself get distracted. I haven’t written a book before, but I can’t let myself be afraid to enter the cage.
In 3-12 months (who knows?!), we’ll see if I earn my stripes. Guess you will find out when you read the book. Watch this space for updates!
Cynthia Rust Greaves