Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Sukhi Jutla from The Author Entrepreneurs.com
Sukhi has a new book out in July entitled ESCAPE THE CUBICLE: QUIT THE JOB YOU HATE. CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE
Nicky – Hi Sukhi, what inspired you to write this book?
Sukhi – This book was born out of my own frustrations of working in the corporate world for 12 years which became soul destroying after a while.
I studied economics and spent 12 years in investment banking. All I really wanted to do was to be a writer or do something creative and run my own business. I had no idea of how I would do that at the time. I realised I had forgotten what I love doing, this forced me to go back to basics and ask myself what I was really about. I spent some time soul-searching and reading a ton of self-development books, relearning what my purpose was. I learnt to tap into my potential because I knew I had a lot to give. That’s what drove me to write this book. My aim is to help other people find their passion and purpose, to enable them to unleash their highest potential.
Nicky – It’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of a job you don’t like, especially if it’s providing a decent wage. It can be hard to see outside of it.
Sukhi – I completely agree I think the biggest obstacle people have is finding the correct mindset. We get caught in a rut with a limited view of what could be available to us. Our mindset can be our biggest obstacle. The life we are living today was born from the thoughts we had yesterday. So, we need to address what we are thinking today to make our plan for the future. This is where it’s important to tap into the intuitive voice inside of us that already knows what we really want. Its normally fear that clouds us from hearing that voice.
Nicky: I was in a similar situation, stuck in a job I really didn’t enjoy but it paid well. I think what held me back was the fear of not being able to pay all my overheads if I was to leave my career.
Sukhi: yes, that is a worry for people. For me I had to make quite a few changes to my lifestyle. People talk about making sacrifices but I didn’t see it that way. These changes enabled me to live the life I wanted to lead. I sold my car and all these shiny objects that I had accumulated. I saved as much as I could while I was still in my job. I passionately believe that each one of us has something totally unique to give to the world. Thinking about how we can give to and serve the world is key to identifying this rather than how we can make a fast buck. We must live in accordance to what our own definition of success is rather that how society judges it. We need to live in accordance with our values.
Nicky – What advice would you give to someone in full time work that wanted to write their first novel?
First, make a committed decision that this is what you are going to do because then you need to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Secondly, I would put in place a structure or routine around it. I carried a note book with me and would write for 30 minutes on the way to work and the for 30 minutes in my lunch break. By the time I got home exhausted from working in such a toxic environment I did at least feel empowered by having written for an hour during the day. I wrote a novel and two short stories in the space of a year. This gave me the confidence to see I could achieve what I wanted. I am now living the life I always dreamed off. I am the Co-founder of a tech company as well as a business and life coach.
If you would like the first chapter to her book for free head over to her website here (If you stay on Sukhi’s list you will get the entire book for free when it launches)