by Steve Prager on January 11, 2011

I just hit a big personal milestone. I finished a book I’ve been working on My Friendsfor  the last two years. Sent it to my editor. Whew! What a relief.  The project is tentatively called Zen Words and it’s a reference book in a niche as evergreen as dieting or true confessions.

Zen Words…words that help you say more with less. Cool, easy to pronounce, one syllable wonders for the vocabulary minimalist. Little BIG words that pop off the page, roll off the tongue and make you sound smarter than you are!


As excited as I am about ALMOST being done with this project, I’m even more jazzed about the SECRET I learned while spending the last two years slaving away over a hot keyboard.

You see, while working on this project, I learned about a secret weapon that has the potential to hurl you like a rocket towards your goal line. I’m serious- I’ve found the motherlode that has made me successful in everything I’ve done this past year!

This secret weapon costs nothing but your heart and your time. It’s a power that expands as you give in to it, and yet you lose nothing – you only gain.

You have some of this secret weapon already (I hope)!

The Secret Weapon is right under your nose,……………..YOUR FRIENDS!

Yup, those lovely people you depend on to care if you round the bend towards another birthday.


Here’s how it worked for me:

K. suggested I write a vocabulary book, and R. said I should quit talking and start writing. B. gave me much needed encouragement and some marketing advice, while K.P. and S.C. kept asking how the project was going. S.S. gave me some poppin’ word suggestions and J.S. reminded me to focus and not spread myself too thin.

B.S. told me how to find an editor, R.P. offered suggestions to make the book more pop oriented. K.offered some valuable pre-editing. When I was stuck, C.C. gave me the name of a great editor that fit my budget. M. said he would help me set up an online platform. J.R. turned me on to online publishing and T.B. said he wanted to buy the first copy. (I’ve also been blessed to have super encouraging support from my nuclear brood).

You get the idea……..


HOW did I get all this support?…………..With my mouth! I asked for it!

I told my friends about my goal; asked for their suggestions; bounced different ideas off them. They got excited and jumped in to help…

NOTE: This isn’t about using your friends for what they can do for you. I’m only describing one side of the coin so far. As we know, friendship is a beautiful dance of give and take. PS… I happily spend time supporting my friends in their life pursuits- it’s a blast!


SO,…are YOU talking about your dreams and goals with your friends? Have you asked for their help?

And,..are you listening to what they say?

Leave a Comment below- Let us all know how your friends have specifically helped you!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Powers January 12, 2011 at 6:27 am

Zen Words? I know you’ve mentioned it. Now I can’t wait to see it!

CONGRATS on the huge accomplishment, Steve!
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Steve January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Mark-Thanks! You’re going to get a copy. I think you’ll like it!


Steve Prager January 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Mark, Yeah! This is my second blog project! Somebody got me addicted to this bloggin’ thing :)

Thanks for the post!


Jan Jackson January 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

You are on a roll Steve, keep it up – smile./jj
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Steve Prager January 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Jan, Thanks for the post and the prop! Means a lot coming from a pro. I’ll check out your article. I love mustard- it’s tasty and low sugar/low fat :)


Rachel January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

can’t wait to buy a copy! Im usually a bad friend!


Steve Prager January 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Thanks Rachel! You’re a great friend! And full of great ideas too :)


Kymberli Yancey January 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm


The Blog is really coming along. I’ve read every article at least once, and I’ve loved them all. I can’t wait for the next installment!

Also, you’ve kicked my butt with a major guilt trip (nothing mini here) and inspired me to get back to writing.



Steve Prager January 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Kym, Wow! Thanks :)

I’m going to have a Start Do Now t-shirt contest soon. Maybe you could do a mini goal and win a tee shirt!

Thanks for all the encouraging words. I was thinking of you when I wrote this post :)


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