In my last post, I promised everyone an interview with Jacqueline Wales, author of The Fearless Factor. Enjoy!
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Determined, Courageous and Authentic.
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Determined, Courageous and Authentic
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of your work.
My family. I spend so much of my time building my business that what time is left is usually spent cooking for the family, or hanging out with them.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
I have a dog and her name is Roxanne. She is a Coton de Tulear. A rare breed in North America, but well known in France where she came from. She is small, white and fluffy. When she lies on the floor she looks like a rug.
5. What is your most precious memory?
I have lots of them, and it’s usually about my children who are now grown. Watching them perform in school plays, or dancing. Seeing how they take charge of their lives. Seeing how they adapted to living in foreign cultures and how they made the most of the experience. (We lived in France and Holland)
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
I have a habit sometimes of opening my mouth and saying something before my brain has had time to register what I’m saying. My long term memory on specifics is not particularly good as I tend to move along and not dwell on things.
7. If you weren’t doing this work, what would you be doing with your life?
I would probably be writing books, traveling the world, looking for ways to contribute to the greater good of all.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Having overcome the challenges of her earlier life, Jacqueline went on to become a beacon of light to those who needed guidance, and dedicated herself to helping others live their best life now.
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were doing the work you were meant to do?
I was 54 years old when I realized that I had a much larger role in the world than I had ever envisioned. Having spent a lifetime overcoming fear, self-doubt and anxiety, I knew I could teach others how to do it too. Over the years, I had received several inclinations of this as I did the powerful work that allowed me to move beyond the limitations of my background and conditioning, and many had said I had to tell the story to help others.
10. What is going on with your work at this time?
The Fearless Factor has just been launched and I’m excited about the future for it. This has been a major milestone in my life because I’ve gone from talking about what fear does to you, to writing about it. It’s my second published book, and although I didn’t realize it at the time, my first one When The Crow Sings, which is a semi-autobiographical book, set the stage for what fear does to a woman. The book looks at the effects of children born outside of marriage on three generations of women in my family, and how it spills over from generation to generation until one woman had the courage to break the chains. I was that women when I gave my first child up for adoption after having her for three months.
So the Fearless Factor is the culmination of many years of feeling the fear and doing it anyway, as Susan Jeffers would say. By the way, she endorsed The Fearless Factor as did many other powerful self-help authors.
11. What are your future goals for your work?
I see The Fearless Factor as the new ‘Chicken Soup’ for the 21st century. I want to take people from fear to fearless because as I say, being fearless is not the absence of fear, but the choices and decisions we take when we confront our fears.” I have an entire series of Fearless books planned and will be rolling them over the next three years. 2010 is THE YEAR OF BEING FEARLESS!
12. Can you describe a typical work day for you?
I usually get up at 4.30am-5am and catch up with emails for a while. Then I look at the tasks for the day. Phone calls, articles to write, blog posts, social media, coaching, meetings, materials to develop. I usually work about 12-14 hours a day at this point.
13. Why do you do this sort of work?
I am passionate about helping others sort out the stuff that keeps them in bondage to circumstances they really do have a choice over. All of us have the ability to choose the life they want, but knowing how to do that is tricky and I enjoy helping people figure it out.
14. What other person who does this sort of work inspires you the most? Why?
I am humbled by the works of people like Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Wayne Dyer and others, and grateful for their guidance.. Their dedication to healing, to making a difference in the world mirrors mine. If we can help change the lives of one person, then we can change the world. It’s a domino effect. They changed my life and I’m paying it forward.
15. How do you define your work?
People powered, heart centered, no BS.
16. In one sentence—what do you want people to say about you in fifty years?
She did her best and it was good enough.
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18. Is there a place where people can reach you?
(212) 740 7085
19. Can you list all your titles so people can look for them?
When The Crow Sings
The Fearless Factor
20. For new people —what can they expect when they read your work?
Some powerful insights into what gets in the way, how we can move beyond the stuff that holds us back, and inspiration to keep on doing what must be done.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your work?
I am first and foremost a seeker of life, and although the journey has taken me into challenging territory, throughout I’ve learned enormous amounts about the human condition.
I’ve spent my lifetime learning how to overcome the past, and move forward, and I pride myself on giving my children a much better chance at leading a positive, healthy life than the one I grew up with.
Whatever I have accomplished is only a small part of what I intend to achieve in my lifetime, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge, my wisdom and my love of life with people for many years to come.
This is the just the beginning. The Fearless Factor is the first in a series of books that I have planned for the next three years. We all need to live life fearlessly and on our own terms. To that end, I feel like I’m succeeding.
About Jacqueline Wales
Jacqueline Wales is known the world over as The Black Belt Millionaire. Her unique programs have helped women around the globe develop strong personal success, confident communication and clear visions of their goals. She is the author of five books including The Fearless Factor available at http://www.thefearlessfactorbook.com
For information on how to get YOUR copy of The Fearless Factor visit http://www.thefearlessfactorbook.com/signup.html