Mindy Gibbins-Klein – Featured Woman
The Book Midwife® is a book coaching company founded in 2002 by multi-award-winning entrepreneur Mindy Gibbins-Klein. Since its inception, the company has helped over one thousand individuals with their book projects, with over 700 already in print!
The philosophy of the company is that “Every book deserves to be written and published”. Having spent ten years trying to write and publish her first book, Mindy created a process to help aspiring authors get their books done better and faster, and with more clarity and confidence.
In 2005, the company registered The Book Midwife® as a global trademark, securing its special place in the coaching and personal development world.
In 2010, The Book Midwife® began training and certifying Licensed Practitioners who coach clients according to the proven methodology that has helped so many people get their book out of their head and into print.
The Modern Woman’s Life Magazine caught up with her recently and asked her these questions!
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
I run The Book Midwife® which is a book coaching company for executives and entrepreneurs who want to write a book but are probably not going to do it without help. We have been in business for 15 years, and we pride ourselves on helping our clients get their BEST books written quickly – typically within 90 days!
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
I read motivational articles and books, and avoid negativity as much as possible. Sometimes this means disconnecting from certain forums or people.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I exercise a few times a week and have plenty of fruits and vegetables. I also give myself breaks when I need them. As a busy entrepreneur, I can have commitments early in the morning, during the day or in the evening, and sometimes all three! So, taking a few hours out to read, go for a walk or even go shopping is not only allowed but important.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I aim to surround myself with positive people who lift me up, not folks who complain. I also talk to myself (in my head, of course!) and give myself the recognition and praise that doesn’t always arrive from other people.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part is seeing people’s “lightbulb moments”, when they begin to get clear about their messages, their content and their book. Some clients have wanted or even tried for years to write a book but never succeeded. Then, all of a sudden, they are doing it! So rewarding for them – and us! The worst part is having really high standards for myself and not achieving everything I put on my goals list. I don’t believe there’s such a thing as being too ambitious, but maybe I need to be more realistic about what can be done in a day!
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
I took over our publishing company in 2010 and one year later we made our first loss in 7 years. We then went on to make a loss four years in a row, and I’ve just managed to turn things around. I learned that as head of a company you really have to be on top of everything – including finances – and make the tough decisions if necessary. I’m very happy things are looking up now but it was very scary for a while.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I would work in the film or the music industry, doing exactly what I do now – looking for and helping people who want to express themselves and helping them ‘get out there’.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Have a financial cushion because things could take longer than you think to get moving. You don’t want to have to give up and go back into employment when success is just around the corner. And get a grip on your costs – those in the business and your personal expenses. The lower your outgoings, the longer your cushion will last!
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
Many, many people have encouraged me to build an ‘empire’ and I finally realized that is not what I’m doing! I put a lot of time, effort and focus into empire building, and it was only when I stopped and thought about it that I decided to forget about the expectations of my peers and society and do things my way.
10) Any last parting words?
Stretch yourself. Do those things that scare you, and get help if you need it.
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