Ward releases inspirational book
Fear, procrastination and limits are just some of the themes covered in a new100-page inspirational book officially released here on Wednesday.
The book, entitled SOAR, is authored by Publisher of Shabeau Magazine Joan Ward, and also touches on the issue of domestic violence while seeking to motivate young people in particular to follow their dreams.
“Often times young people mostly would ask me questions like, ‘what does it take to get into writing a book? What it takes to get into the publishing industry? What does it take to put your work out there?’ Ward recalled during the signing ceremony held at Pages Bookstore in Bridgetown.
“I realized that fear is one of the things that prevents people from doing a lot of things,” she said, while lamenting that while there were many people with bright ideas, few were determined to pursue them.
“We do workshops and I find that there are people with so many beautiful ideas and when you ask them, ‘What are they doing about it?’, they tell you, ‘nothing, I don’t know, I don’t like to do that [or] I told my friend and she said, ‘no don’t bother with that. It’s foolishness,’” she said.
Ward, who in addition to being a publisher for the last decade and a half is also a motivational speaker, beauty consultant and event coordinator, described her debut book as very personal.
“I addressed the issue of fear and procrastination and I addressed the issue of the limits that people put on you, as well as the issue of people talking you out of your dream.
“All of this I would have had experienced, so I put it in the book,” she explained, while advising her readers to expect failures along the way, but to never give up.
“What’s the worst that can happen? The only thing that someone can say to you is, ‘no’ and if they say ‘no’, you can go back to the drawing board, evaluate what was said and address it, because if we look at [American inventor] Thomas Edison, how many tries did it take him?
“In [the chapter ‘Am I My Sister’s Keeper?’ I wanted people to understand that there is no reason for you to pull down one another. There is room enough for everybody in this earth. There is room enough for all of us,” she said.
“There are many books out there with the name SOAR but the word soar for me is where you take the limits off. You know people [want to] put you inside a box, [but] you want to break out . . . because no one should put a box around you and tell you what you can and cannot do.
“That is containment and when you meet that before you soar, you flap your wings and just fly. When you soar, picture this – an eagle; sometimes all you need to do is take off and the wind will carry you,” Ward said.
Her book is currently available in Cave Shepherd’s Pages Stores; at the Barbados Community College’s Bookshop; the University Bookshop and available online for print on demand. (LG)