Why Perspective Is So Important

I am a ghost writer (well, except for this blog and the other ones that will be launching very, very soon!)

What that means is that I write for other people.  They give me their thoughts, the points they want to make, and I make sentences and paragraphs for them.  That's the simple version of it.  But you get the gist.

I'm a "ghost" because I don't have a by-line on their work.  A by-line is the place on an article or a book that tells you who wrote it.  But I like being a ghost.  I don't need the by-line.  And after all, it's their work.  Their thoughts.  Their points.  I'm just helping them to be awesome at what they do. (HA!  If I do say so myself!)

I have some really, really great people that I get to work with who are doing great, great things in the world.  They are helping churches, helping people in the midst of some difficult life struggles, helping women have more organized lives, and helping people build their dreams, just to name a few! How can I NOT love this job?

There are days when I'm overwhelmed at the level of trust people have placed in me.

Yesterday was one of those days.  At the end of the day I sat down at the kitchen table, put my head in my hands, and said to my husband about a new, very large client that I have, "I don't know if I can do this.  What if I'm not good enough? They're trusting me with their dream!"  He said, "They picked you.  They know tons of writers.  Probably good ones.  They picked you.  Now go take a bubble bath."

I love that man.  Such perspective.

It is so easy to convince ourselves what we aren't.  What we can't do.  What we won't be good at.  Sometimes we just need people who have a different vantage point to give us perspective.

All that to say, I'm feeling thankful today.  Thankful for great people who trust me with their dreams.  And thankful for a new perspective.  (and for my husband who knows how to shut down my doubts!)


  1. Oh my gosh, Carol. So true. Sometimes I can get so down on myself. It's crazy how easily I can listen to the voice that tells me what I won't do or what I can't do. Thanks for reminding me a change of perspective is all I need. (good husband by the way)

  2. HA HA! Leave it to a guy to put things in perspective! They can really just cut through the crap, can't they!

  3. Yeah, Mike's really good for me in that area. He can nail it down for me pretty quickly.

  4. Carol, so glad your business is going so well! - Amie

  5. Carol, I didn't know there was such a thing as a ghost writer. That's seems weird to me. Doesn't it make you envious that others are taking credit for your work? This is Dave by the way. I couldn't sign in as me for some reason.

  6. Hey Dave! No, it doesn't make me envious. I like it. I get paid well and have none of the hassle that comes with PR, agents, etc.


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