Jake Heilbrunn is a 19-year old writer who just published his first book, Off the Beaten Trail, a true story about his journey dropping out of college at eighteen and solo-backpacking through Central America with no phone or knowledge of Spanish.
In this episode, Jake discusses:
-How a rare skin condition started him on his journey just three days after moving in to college.
-How his journey began with an Ex-Hostage Raid & Recovery Vet.
-The incredible experience of being able to trek through ancient Mayan ruins.
-How he started writing the book the day after he got home from his journey.
-His daily writing process and how he was able to finish the first draft of his book in just three months.
-The idea of starting your day in an uncomfortable way (like with a cold shower) to prepare you for the next thing that you might not want to do (like write).
-Detaching yourself from what you wrote that you thought was gold so that you can “kill your darlings.”
-How he used Quantum Leap to help him get through the editing and publishing phases of his book.
-How he stays consistent with his writing through his weekly blog.
-The uncomfortable feeling of putting yourself out there and fearing rejection (and how to get past it).
-How he took chances by trusting his gut and approaching Drew Brees and Chris Guillebeau to ask for their endorsement for his book.
-His best and worst creative moments.
Jake's Final Push will inspire you to follow your gut and trust that you know what’s best for yourself.
“It definitely shifted my perspective.”
“Allow yourself to write garbage.”
“Writing just always called out to me. Being able to articulate words and ideas into a story.”
“It’s like taking that first step when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Off the Beaten Trail by Jake Heilbrunn
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl