On the 51st episode of Write Effing Now, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are rocking the airwaves with a real-life legend, Charles Hamm, a 2x #1 International Bestselling author whose book Ponder on It, Pilgrims hit 18 bestseller lists on Amazon. We recorded on his release day, and there has never been more appropriate synchronicity!


To quote a reviewer, “This book has the potential to become a 21st-century classic.”

Charles left us with some incredible insight when we chatted, and here are three nuggets, or as he is wont to call them, Texas Grit:

  1. Be different: So many people try to match everyone else, and they wind up losing themselves. This is what has poured fuel onto the wildfire of Charles’ LinkedIn following.
  2. It can take a lifetime to write a book: If you don’t feel ready to write, take heart. Charles started a book in his forties, and it’s still tucked away carefully, just waiting for the right TLC to bring it around. You are never too old to start!
  3. We don’t need to agree with each other to love each other. Talking with Charles was like settling back into an easy chair, so comforting you lose yourself in his ponderins’ as the whole world slows. He taught us much about tolerance and slowing down to listen. I hope you learn to slow down, too.

It’s not every day that we get to hear such inspiration that we can allow ourselves to be swept away by a man who has seen so much and who is so willing to share their memories and lessons to make us better. I am so unglued about Charles; I even wrote the above run-on sentence! If you want to get off your rocker, grab Charles’ blockbuster book, Ponder on It, Pilgrims, then settle back down, and set a spell. Make sure you follow him on LinkedIn for more of his delightful wisdom.

Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.

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 That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!


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