Today we had a chance to sit down with Chris DeRose, an attorney, author, and historian whose third book is being released this Tuesday. At at mere 34 years of age, he is publishing his third history book – The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them (Amazon).
Chris is a personal friend of mine from law school, so this isn’t just a boring interview with an author. In fact, I busted his chops a little bit at the beginning of the interview to get him to open up.
(The Presidents’ War)
How can a man who was raised by a single mother learn how to succeed?
Abandoned by his father, Chris grew up in a single family home. He had to learn the hard way what it means to be a man. He struggled and suffered and overcame. He is now a successful lawyer and author.
Chris sold his first book before he was 30. His debut book was widely acclaimed by such tough reviewers as The Washington Post, Kirkus, Library Journal, Booklist.
We go deep and discuss what it was like growing up without a father, how he found a mentor, and what it takes to become successful when no one in the publishing world knows your name or cares if you live or die.
Create a delusional belief in yourself.
Publishers are reluctant to take a chance on a historian who doesn’t have a PhD. How did Chris, who does not have a PhD, overcome this obstacle?
How do you market a book?
What is the the future of publishing? “I think we will all be self-publishing one day.”
Focus obsessively on what you can control.
“If you don’t quit, you aren’t beaten.”
What is one thing that within your control that is not random?
Buy it here: The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them
The role of Choose Yourself by James Altucher in my and Chris’ success.
Why you should learn how to accept no for an answer.
The Drunkard’s Walk and the power of showing up.
We have new tactics and techniques to become successful, but there these “secrets” are timeless.
How can you find a mentor?
What is the best way to find a mentor?
What is Mike’s secret to “stalking” your mentors?
Why you shouldn’t ask someone to be your mentor and instead should remember, “Flattery goes a long way.”
The personal relationship must come before the mentorship.
How do you get over hearing no without feeling dejected or demoralized?
We’ve all been rejected. How do you get over feeling like crap when people reject you?
Why did so many publishers reject Chris?
Be sure to check out: The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them