THE WISDOM OF LISTENING by Marilyn R. Wilson
Book Title: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre: Self-Esteem, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Publisher: Real People – Real Lives Press
Release date: May 28, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: G
The next time you’re out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets–pieces of gold they’ve accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.
Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.
Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities–then start a conversation.
Praise for The Wisdom of Listening:
“Every life has a story and, no matter our background, we share similar hopes, dreams and fears. This book not only gives you insight into the varied lives of its subjects but, through Marilyn’s reflections, shows how we each walk a similar spiritual path.”
– Robbin Whachell, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bahamas Weekly
“Marilyn shows us, through her compassionate and incisive interviews, how to grasp and link those golden moments, like sparkling prisms of light, into an animated and profound acceptance of ourselves, the people we encounter, the relationships we build, and the dreams that will set us free.”
– Gabriella Contestabile, Author, Founder of Su Misura Sensory Journeys
“I was reminded we are collectively each walking our own paths, but often experience similar emotions, feelings, obstacles, challenges, triumphs, rewards and successes. We all learn as we go and we all become wiser as time passes. This is humanity. The diversity in each of us as a whole is awesome.”
– RozeMerie Cuevas, Co-Founder and Designer at JAC by Jacqueline Conoir
My Dirty Little Secret
by Marilyn R. Wilson
Over the last 11 years I have embraced many labels – fashion writer, magazine writer, blog writer. Notice they all end with the word writer? My dirty little secret is simply that when I started out, my passion was anything but writing. I considered it simply an unwelcome chore.
In 2016, I found myself at a crossroads. My children were in their upper years of high school and two of my three were driving themselves where ever they needed to go. I suddenly had lots of time on my hands and needed a new direction. When I saw an ad on Craigslist from a New York fashion magazine asking for article submissions, I was intrigued.
My thought process was simple. Even though I knew virtually nothing about the fashion world, had hair cut by my husband and bought my clothes at discount stores, I decided it might be “fun.” I knew a few local designers through my daughter and had always received good grades in English. I remember thinking, “How hard could it be?” With great abandon I sent off three proposals and was over the moon when two were accepted.
Off I headed to my first interview with a brand new $25 micro-cassette recorder in my purse, totally oblivious to how inexperienced and unprepared I was. In an instant my world shifted.
From the very first moment the person I was interviewing began sharing intimately about their life journey, to the moment I hit the off-button on my recorder, I was covered in goosebumps. I realized my life-long interest in people had been leading me to interviewing all along. I walked out the door in the throes of an overwhelming new passion.
Then came a cold dose of reality. I quickly discovered that turning my interviews into great magazine articles was much harder than I thought. Putting words to paper was definitely NOT my passion and I slogged through those early articles filled with self-doubt. Meanwhile people around me kept introducing me as a “writer.” I felt like a fake.
My strong passion to keep interviewing fuelled an equally strong determination to learn. It honestly took me several hard years of constant practice, tears of frustration, putting on my big girl panties while receiving honest feedback from those I interviewed and working with great editors to achieve my goals.
Then the day came I realized there had been a huge shift in my perspective. Not only had I earned my writing chops, but I had actually come to enjoy the process of writing. I could finally fully embrace being called a writer. Interviewing is still my main passion. but writing has become an art medium I enjoy working in. A smaller passion has developed for this part of my journey and I find myself full of pride when I get it right.
What do I do? I am a passionate interviewer, published author, freelance writer and speaker. However, the first and most important will always be interviewing.
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.
Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author — to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many “pieces of gold” received during interviews – bits of wisdom that have changed her life.