On Becoming Fearless — Part One

Tue, September 19, 2006

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I was very excited this morning about an event I had on my calendar for today.

I had read that Arianna Huffington was going to be at one of our local book stores. I figured that meant a reading, as well as a signing, of her new book “On Becoming Fearless.”

I had toyed with not going, since there are several deadlines I have to meet in the next couple of weeks, but I figured I not only needed to get away from the computer for a bit, but that I also craved a little inspiration from her and some snippets from the book to give myself a kickstart on what I want to be doing with my freelancing.

But, alas, it turned out the event was for a book-signing only.

It turns out that a quick greeting and short chat as she penned her signature in my volume (which I’ll be reviewing later), was inspiration enough for today.

Arianna asked each person as they presented their books whether they had been to her website, The Huffington Post. The few people in line in front of me admitted to her that they had not. I was shocked! In this political town, you’d think that people would have clicked on it for a couple of minutes, at least.

As I handed her my books to be signed (one for me, one for a benefit auction item), she asked me the same. I told her, truthfully, that I visit pretty much every day and enjoy posting comments. At that, her face changed a bit and asked if I had thought about submitting something to the Becoming Fearless page of the site, and I admitted that it had crossed my mind.

When I shared with her the topic I was thinking of, she seemed genuinely interested (or at least as much as one can in a 30-second conversation) and invited me to submit an essay to her personal E-mail address! Now, maybe it goes to “Arianna assistant” and doesn’t ever get read by her before someone decides who’s going to make the cut, but I figure I have a better chance of getting published at her site by doing that, than if I submit it through the generic web link inviting women to talk about confronting or overcoming their fears.

So what I thought would be a bust — what I almost didn’t do because I thought I had too much other stuff on my plate — turned into INSPIRATION galore!

Who knows if what I write will ever see the light of her website, but it was just the kick and small bit of encouragement I needed today to remind me to be more fearless when it comes to my work and my life.

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2 Responses to “On Becoming Fearless — Part One”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Some of my other blogger friends have had their essays on fearlessness posted on Arianna Huffington’s site after meeting her at BlogHer. I understand she is quite approachable and open in terms of publishing people’s experiences on her site — you should definitely give it a shot!

  2. Lawyer Mama Says:

    Good for you! I can’t wait to read your essay on the Huffington Post.


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