Winning Isn’t Normal has been out for a little over a week. And guess what?
It’s already become an Amazon bestseller.
If you’ve purchased the book, thank you so much for your support. If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? =)
Pics or it didn’t happen right? Here’s the screen shot:
But here’s the thing. It’s a lot less impressive than it sounds.
When you publish a book via Kindle Direct Publishing (the way I did) you have to pick two categories for your book to fall under. Because my book is about so many things, I had trouble picking which categories.
Because many people consider The Art of Ass-Kicking a “startup blog” and because at least six of my essays in the book are directly about gymnastics or lessons that stem immediately from the sport, I ultimately settled on:
- Sports and Outdoors -> Individual Sports -> Gymnastics
- Business & Investing -> Small Business & Entrepreneurship -> Entrepreneurship
One category is obviously more competitive than another. Can you guess which?
A big fish in a small pond
Most of the time, I’d argue it is better to be a small fish in a big pond. Because when you are competing against the best, you learn more, you get tougher and you are forced to keep improving and never rest on your laurels.
But sometimes it is worth pursuing an area that’s more open, with fewer folks clamoring on it, so you can stand out. In this case, having this book reach number one in Gymnastics is worth the trade off of being in a more competitive category. Consider whether there are any activities in life where if you chose a less crowded approach, you could dominate the field. Might be worth trying that out.
Win Awesome Stuff from Me!
If you’ve already bough the book, consider entering my Book Review Giveaway. You could win three amazing books by Seth Godin, the Heath Brothers and Tim Ferriss, beautiful quote typography posters AND a one-on-one Skype session with me. Right now you have a really good shot of winning, so I’d get on it if I were you.
Just write a review for the book on Amazon and forward it + your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re entered to win. I’m giving away TWO whole sets of prizes so don’t miss out.