This is the fastest path to shifting personal suffering I have found.
What kind of research did you have to do to write your book?
Reading several hundred scientific papers, following leads of interesting research avenues, and reading relevant parts of the key books in the field.
How do you deal with rejection?
By ignoring it and moving on. Churchill said, “Success is: Moving from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm!” Some people love you, others hate you, there’s little point in dwelling on the latter.
Do you blog? If so, what can you tell my readers about the advantages of blogging as a useful tool in book promotion?
No. I don’t have time. And I’m not that personally interesting (though I hope my books and speeches are!).
Do you have a website? Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?
I have several websites. For Genie, I have two, the press site, www.GenieInYourGenes.com, and the public site, www.GenieBestseller.com. I update them myself, though I have a crackerjack webmaster who sets them up. That’s the best arrangement, in my view, since it allows prompt dynamic updating, laid on top of robust coding.
How do you deal with a bad review?
The first edition of The Genie in Your Genes had so many fabulous reviews that I couldn’t post them all on the book’s website, www.GenieInYourGenes.com. But I got a stinky one from a big psychotherapy journal. I read it carefully to see if I could glean some useful information about how to improve. I could find nothing but grumpy bias, so I let it go.
Thank you for this interview, Dawson. Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Love and accept yourself. I’m sad to hear the negative self-talk from many of the people I coach. We are usually our own harshest critics. Creating a nurturing inner environment in your mind and heart is the kindest thing you can do. By all means use self-reflection to assess your strengths and weaknesses. The next step, though, is to lovingly affirm the things you do well. Do more of them, and perfect your ability to deliver your magic to the world.