A year ago I read a blog post on Tim Brownson‘s blog in which he was making some recommendations for other bloggers. One of them was Vlad Dolezal. I started to follow the guy on Twitter and liked its stuff. No non-sense personal development and even more, a touch of humor in every single post. A few days ago, Vlad launched his first paid product, a guide called Unleash Your Confidence. You may find it hard to believe, but this guide is actually about… confidence. Go figure.
So, instead of writing a review of the guide, I chose to do something different: an interview with the guy behind the guide. Without further ado, ladies and gents, here comes Vlad Dolezal. Questions are mine, if you wonder, and the answers are his.
1. Who is Vlad Dolezal?
Hi, that’s me. Wow, what a coincidence that you happen to ask this question when interviewing me specifically! I really lucked out to know the answer to that one, huh?
Okay, more seriously now. I’m just a guy who’s utterly fascinated by the human mind. I love figuring out its many secrets, and finding ways to get it to do what you want. Like being confident in the situations you want.
2. What are you doing for a living?
I’m a life coach, and I write a blog about personal development. I’m also in the last year of getting a degree in mathematics, because that’s one of my other big passions.
3. What is your bigger passion?
This is going to sound really corny, but… I love helping people grow and be happy.
I (try to) do this in both big ways (like writing my blog) and small random ways, like walking around with a big cardboard sign giving out free hugs. Because that’s just really FUN!
4. What is your bigger fear?
This is a tough one, but I think I’ve got the answer for you.
I’m most afraid of wasting lots of my time procrastinating, playing computer games, and generally doing things that don’t align with my core values and thus neither leave me very happy, nor improve other people’s lives much.
Why that? Because I believe that whether a serious injury, or financial difficulties, I could handle those things when they come. And I don’t dare even contemplate losing loved ones. (That’s one of my “if it happens I’ll find a way to deal, until then I refuse to think about it.” things.). That leaves the above as my biggest active fear.
5. Why did you write an ebook?
A lot of my readers were interested in learning more about confidence, and after thinking about it for a while, I decided that an e-book would be a great way to cover the topic.
But also, I’ll be honest with you, money. Selling e-books is one of the ways I earn enough money to be able to keep producing lots of free content on my blog to help people improve their lives.
6. Name 3 difficult moments on the road of writing this ebook.
My biggest problem when writing Unleash Your Confidence was letting go. Specifically, I first had to let go of an old, rather mediocre, idea I had for an e-book. It took me about two years to accept that the idea just wasn’t that great.
My other big sticking point came when it came to contacting other bloggers I knew (like Dragos). I wanted to help as many people as possible with the e-book, and I knew contacting other bloggers with established audiences was the best way to get the word out to lots of people. And this was scary.
Luckily, I’d just written a book about confidence, so I handled my fear and talked to them. But even I’m not immune to fear. Confidence isn’t about magically getting rid of all fear. It’s about learning to draw upon the resources of confidence in any situation you want, which involves reducing the feeling of fear to manageable levels and then acting despite it.
I had some other small sticking points, but nothing major.
7. If you would wake up one day on planet Mars, what are the first 3 things are you going to do?
– Jump up and down, and get excited by how high I go in the lower gravity (only 38% as strong as Earth’s).
– Check my e-mails… wait, damn!
– Travel to a point where I can see Earth and think about “all those people over there”.
8. Say something nice to my readers. 🙂
Dear reader, you have a nice smile. No, really, you do. I hope other people get to see it often!
So, that was it. If you want to know more about Vlad’s guide, I have something for you: it will be on sale until March 16th, 12:00 PM. Usually, the guide is 17 USD but you can get it at only 11 USD until March 16th. Yeap, I also have a link for you (which is an affiliate link, if you wonder, meaning I trust this guy not only to promote his products, but to make some money out of it too).
Unleash Your Confidence.