They say life begins at 50. For some that number can be 80, and for those fortunate souls – the twenties can be the beginning of a fruitful and purposeful life. The sooner you find your purpose in life, is the moment you can begin to live your ‘real life’. There is a long list of actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, and entertainers that didn’t hit their mark and discover their true potential until they discovered their passion.
Ronald Reagan didn’t get elected to public office until he was 55 years old. Vera Wang didn’t enter the fashion industry until age 40. Actor Rodney Dangerfield’s first hit appearance was on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at age 46. Ray Kroc spent his career as a salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52 in 1954. Colonel Sanders, the chicken guru didn’t hit the right drumstick until the age of 65. Entertainer Tina Turner found her groove in her 50’s.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
Today you’ll meet a woman who discovered her true passion through the gift of writing. Author Ava Armstrong is publishing her fifteenth book this week. When you hear her story, you’ll be intrigued with her quirkiness and her brilliance.
Ava Armstrong, indie romance and thriller author, lives off the coast of New England. The highlight of her years in college was driving at least one history professor to leave the state (her legacy was sitting in the front row and challenging liberal doctrine). During her college years, she found a brief career in modeling, but became much more interested in photography and writing. After more than a decade in corporate America with a four-billion dollar company, Armstrong decided to focus on her true love: writing literature that could be read by the average human being.
She lives with her husband, who resembles a bodyguard, and sleeps with a loaded S&W revolver. She has one child, whom she loves, and her collection of firearms, which she loves slightly less, with an especially warm affection for 4th generation Glocks and tactical shotguns.
These are a few of my favorite things, says Ava… the smell of molten metal at the shooting range, motor oil that drips from vintage 1940’s Indian motorcycles, and the scent of sandalwood soap. You’d have to read her novels to understand that more deeply. Some people would describe her as a patriot, but she would describe herself as a Constitutional Conservative and a renegade.
We start with what we call ‘THE ENLIGHTENED ROUND‘, so that we may get to know Ava Armstrong better. Let’s start with her favorite quote,
“The two most important days in your life, is the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”
Ava says the must read book you must check out is: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The one website that everyone needs to know about: medium.com – Ava describes medium as a cross between Facebook and Twitter. Medium is a community of readers and writers offering unique perspectives on ideas large and small.
Ava has an exclusive arrangement with Amazon. Why? “Because they’re the biggest bookstore on the planet,” she says. Her newest book is being released just as this interview is being released. Her most recent release was the Deep Blue Truth, that is until this week. Ava’s brand new book The Lone Gunman will be on Amazon this week – making this her 15th book. Her goal is to write 60 books.
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Now on to ‘MAKING YOUR MARK‘, follow along in the podcast using the guide below to chart your own course for success and adventure!
- Are entrepreneurs/leaders born or made?
- Who gave you your first big break?
- Your cardinal rule to becoming a standout entrepreneur/leader?
- Greatest success in your career and how did you celebrate?
- What is your kryptonite?
- How do you deal with difficult people?
- Single best advice you’ve ever been given?
- What advice would you give to someone starting out on their career path?
- What is the single biggest sacrifice in your career?
- If you had 2 minutes to share advice with your 21 year old self, what would you say and why?