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Author Interview: William Higgins & Your Road to Damascus

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The seed for this book was planted many years ago. Bill’s journey down his road to Damascus began as a senior in high school when he had his personal encounter with the risen Lord. Immediately upon graduation from high school he faced his first crossroad when contemplating what to do vocationally. He joined the U.S. Air Force because he really wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It was while in the service that he began to see how his own internal GPS (God’s Positioning System) was calibrated.

As he began to follow the direction of his internal GPS, other crossroads led him to Biola University and Talbot Seminary where he earned a B.S. and M.A. respectively in Christian Education. Upon graduation, the next three destinations on his journey led to local churches in the U.S. and Canada where he served as a Minister of Christian Education for almost 10 years. These were opportunities to use his organizational, curriculum development, instructional design and classroom facilitation skills. These were delightful years.

Bill faced another crossroad at the last church he served when he resigned and then found himself in his prison years. For four years he traveled a dusty, pothole filled road as he consulted his roadmap. During this time he viewed the world from the prison cell of under-employment. His perspective through the cell bars was as an owner/operator of a commercial janitorial business. These were four tortuous years as he saw one opportunity after another disintegrate. These years gave him the ability to relate to others experiencing the same employment imprisonment.

At the conclusion of these four years, Bill faced another crossroad and selected a new direction in his vocational travels; looking to apply his skills and experience in the business community. He made stops along the way as he worked for about six years in three industry leading organizations as a Director of Training & Development, attaining the position of Vice-President of Corporate Training at one stop.

It was also during this time that he took a parallel road into the field of Career Coaching. He has spent over 20 years working with individuals and small groups as they struggle down their own roads to Damascus and conduct their own job searches.

While continuing as a career coach, where he has worked with over 5,000 clients, Bill also embarked down another path by starting his own consulting business, MindWare Incorporated (www.mindwareincorporated.com). MindWare pulled together the specialties of career coaching, instructional design, and technical writing. IN this capacity, Bill has worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous smaller organizations of a for-profit and non-profit status.

Bill’s writing experience has been primarily in the area of technical and curriculum writing of a proprietary nature. He has written literally hundreds of technical documents and curriculum courseware. This stop, writing Your Road to Damascus, is his first venture into writing for public consumption.

You can learn more about Bill at www.mindwareincorporated.com under the About Us tab.

Welcome to Between the Covers!  Why was writing Your Road to Damascus; 6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Job Search so important to you?

Writing Your Road to Damascus was important for two reasons. First, there was a tremendous void in the marketplace for such a book. No other book out there integrates biblical principles and strategies with cutting-edge techniques to give contemporary job seekers a spiritual advantage.

YRTD_Cover_Damascus3DSecond, this book answers the challenge people of faith have about where their faith comes into play when they lose their jobs. Your Road to Damascus presents a message of hope, encouragement, renewal, and revival in the midst of a job loss. It emphasizes the fact that God is work and He isn’t finished yet, and He wants to have a new encounter with the reader during this crisis in their life.

What was the experience like writing Your Road to Damascus?

Writing this book was a combination of things. It was first a challenge. When none has done what you propose to do there is nothing to compare your work with. You are out there on your own. You provide the benchmark against which any subsequent work will be measured. For me that meant I had to do all the research to find biblical examples, principles and strategies.

Second, it was a thrilling experience. When I am in the midst of writing the material I am working on is constantly rattling around in my brain. I get ideas at any time night and day. I will wake up in the middle of the night with ideas to jot down. I will have thoughts I want to capture as I am driving from place to place. I will get inspiration while listening to the sermon in church and want to make notes so I don’t forget. It is exciting!

Third, it was tremendously educational. The writing is truly the easy part. Everything else; book cover design, interior layout, publishing strategies, marketing is all new, exciting, and overwhelming. There is so much to learn, so much to take in, so many decisions to make. And there is no one else to shoulder some of the work. You are doing it all.

How did you come up with the title?

The ‘Your Road to Damascus’ part of the title is a reference to Saul’s encounter with the risen Lord on his way to Damascus. Saul had been a vicious opponent of the Christian faith, and it was on this road as he traveled that the Lord appeared to him and turned him 180 degrees and into one of the most vocal supporters of the faith. Saul quite literally changed jobs that night, quit his old job of attacking and imprisoning Christians, and took on the new job of speaking out for this Christ he met on that night.

This presents a perfect example of how Christ can make a dramatic difference in a person’s job change experience. Christ wants to have a new encounter with each individual, much like He did with Saul, and make the job search a part of the new adventure He takes us on.

The second part of the title, ‘6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Job Search,’ is a more descriptive overview of what the book is about. Since I was unable to find any other book that presented this material, I referred to it as ‘secrets’ because they were just waiting to be discovered by someone willing to dig for them.

Can you tell us more about your main character (use yourself if non-fiction)?

The seed for this book was planted many years ago. Bill’s journey down his own road to Damascus began as a senior in high school when he had his personal encounter with the risen Lord. Immediately upon graduation from high school he faced his first crossroad when contemplating what to do vocationally. He joined the U.S. Air Force because he really wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It was while in the service that he began to see how his own internal GPS (God’s Positioning System) was calibrated.

As he began to follow the direction of his internal GPS, other crossroads led him to Biola University and Talbot Seminary where he earned a B.S. and M.A. respectively in Christian Education. Upon graduation, the next three destinations on his journey led to local churches in the U.S. and Canada where he served as a Minister of Christian Education for almost 10 years. These were opportunities to use his organizational, curriculum development, instructional design and classroom facilitation skills.

Bill faced another crossroad at the last church he served when he resigned and then found himself in his ‘prison’ years. For four years he traveled a dusty, pothole-filled road as he consulted his roadmap. During this time he viewed the world from the prison cell of under-employment. His perspective through the cell bars was as an owner/operator of a commercial janitorial business. These were four tortuous years as he saw one opportunity after another disintegrate. But God used these years to give him the ability to relate to others experiencing the same vocational imprisonment.

At the conclusion of these four years, Bill faced another crossroad and selected a new direction in his vocational travels. He looked to apply his skills and experience in the business community. God led him to stops along the way as he worked for about six years in three industry-leading organizations as a Director of Training & Development, attaining the position of Vice-President of Corporate Training at one stop.

It was also during this time that he took a parallel road into the field of Career Coaching. He has spent over 20 years working with individuals and small groups as they struggle down their own roads to Damascus and conduct their own job searches.

While continuing as a career coach, where he has worked with over 5,000 clients, Bill also embarked down another path by starting his own consulting business, MindWare Incorporated (www.mindwareincorporated.com). MindWare pulled together the specialties of career coaching, instructional design, and technical writing. In this capacity, God has enabled Bill to work with many Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous smaller organizations of a for-profit and non-profit status.

Bill’s writing experience has been primarily in the area of technical and curriculum writing of a proprietary nature. He has written literally hundreds of technical documents and curriculum courseware. This stop, writing Your Road to Damascus, is his first venture into writing for public consumption.

What are his strengths and what are his weaknesses?

One of Bill’s strengths is also his weakness. It’s the ability to dream big dreams. He is a cup-half-full kind of guy. No dream is too big. No challenge is too great to be attempted. However, the flip side of that is that Bill often lacks the business acumen and skills to make many of these dreams happen.

That’s two sides to the same coin.

Joseph, of coat-of-many-colors fame, had dreams as a teenager that he would become something great, and yet he did not have the skills as a kid to make that happen. Bill has been the same. He has had many dreams to see many things happen that could have had a tremendous impact, but he did not have the skills to make those happen.

But also like Joseph, when God took him through the ‘university’ years of being a slave to Potiphar and then a  prisoner to give him opportunities to learn new skills, so Bill has had his own ‘university’ years. He has been learning the skills of writing for many, many years. That is the primary skill that he is applying at this time. That is the skill that makes the book Your Road to Damascus: 6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Job Search much more than just another book. It is a source of hope, encouragement, renewal, and revival as God works through its pages.

Are there any supporting characters we need to know about?

The two mentioned above; Joseph of coat-of-many-colors fame, and Saul of Tarsus, who would become the apostle Paul. The book follows these two as they go about making a job change in their own lives, and pulls strategies, principles and examples from their experiences and applies them to the contemporary job seeker.

Can you open to page 25 and tell us what’s happening?

On page 25 we are discussing vocational style; that is, the way a person approaches their job. We are exploring God’s Vocational GPS (God’s Positioning System); the way God has made each of us. Here is an excerpt from that page:

“Your vocational style is what motivates you. It’s what drives you, it’s your passion and it’s what gets you out of bed in the morning with a zeal to tackle the day. If you don’t know what this is for you, this section will help you find it.

“It’s your God-given perspective on the job and how it should be done.”

What about page 65?

On page 65 of the book we are discussing how to write accomplishment statements, that is brief descriptions of what the reader has done on jobs they have held in the past. Accomplishments are really stories of how God has used them in companies they have worked for. Here’s a brief excerpt from that page:

“You’ll summarize each accomplishment story you described earlier in a brief accomplishment statement using the acronym STAR. You are the STAR of your stories.

S = Situation
T = Tools or Techniques
A = Action
R = Results

“Situation: The ‘situation’ refers to the project, problem, question, emergency, etc. you worked on.

“Tools/Techniques: This is where you highlight specialized equipment, software, processes, etc. that are common in your field, or that are unique to your type of work.

“Action Verbs: These terms describe precisely what you did in each situation.

Results are what happen when you use the gifts and talents that God has given you. As A.B. Simpson, the well-known Canadian preacher and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church, characterizes it, “Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict.”71 Your results say, ‘This is what God has worked through me.’ “

Now that Your Road to Damascus has been published, what is your next project?

Well, the very next thing is all of the marketing to accompany the rollout of Your Road to Damascus. I have a three-pronged marketing campaign that I have begun. First is a national campaign to reach the largest churches, Internet radio, national workshop leaders, and nationally known financial planners to let them know about the book and how it could touch the people they work with.

Simultaneously, I move into an online campaign. Here I reach out to online bookstores and book catalogs to get the book included on their sites. I reach out to other bloggers, book reviewers, Christian job search sites, and others to bet them to post the book.

Lastly, I engage in marketing efforts to the 30 or so largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Here I will reach out to the largest churches, Christian bookstores, Christian radio, newspapers, and more to get the word out about the book.

While all of this is going on, I will also be working to convert the book into an e-book format for Kindle and other readers.

While all of this is going on I am also beginning to put together the next book; Your Road to Arabia: 6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Career Change. This book will work hand-in-hand with Your Road to Damascus, with the primary focus being on what readers must do to not only change jobs, but to make a drastic career change.

Do you have anything else you’d like to tell our readers?

Your Road to Damascus is not just about how God works in a job search; yes it is very much that, but it also about how God works in our lives through crisis situations. God uses the death of a loved one, divorce, poverty, illness, and all crises to draw us closer to Him, to have a new encounter with Him. He uses these to give us hope, encouragement, renewal, and revival and to help us see that there is more to life than the experiences we encounter. He uses these to get our attention, and to invite us to live beyond the experience and to join His adventure.

It is not about minimizing the pain. The pain is real in a crisis. God doesn’t promise to relieve all pain and suffering. God doesn’t promise to remove all crises. God doesn’t promise to eliminate all difficulties.

What God does promise is to use all of these for our good, for the good of others and that the work of God might be displayed in our lives.

Read Your Road to Damascus and you will never view the loss of a job in the same way. You will never see God in the same way. Both will take on new meaning, and new life.

I want to thank you at Between the Covers for the opportunity to share a little of my story and of this new book; Your Road to Damascus: 6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Job Search with your readers. You can learn more about the book at www.MindWarePublishing.com and catch the trailer at http://youtu.be/LULi5srSf80.

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