Tell us a Little about yourself.
My goal is to inspire and motivate people, build their confidence, and find clarity to become the person they want to be. I speak 6 languages and have been living and working in several countries since many years. When not writing or teaching, I am running, biking, and at the gym to relax my mind.
Tell us your latest news
I’ve been invited to speak at a 2 day
European Entrepreneurial Conference. Yeah!
Want to know more about Rachel Smets? Continue reading her in depth interview...
Tell us a little about your book.
Title: "Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People Share Their Journey to Success".
Not Fiction, not a story, but FULL of inspiration! The goal of Awaken Your Confidence is to give you the inspiration and tools to help you grow your confidence step by step.
In Part One, 15 successful people share their journey to personal happiness and career satisfaction.
Part Two has 11 confidence hacks that you can apply immediately to start building your selfconfidence. Some of the names I interviewed are SJ Scott, Stephen Shedletzky, Dr.Aziz, Jesse Krieger, Scott Ballard, Gina Hussar, and many more. Each of their stories in Part One reveal how they went from shy or introvert to very successful.
When did you first consider yourself a writer and begin writing?
For years, people tell me I should write a book to share my story and experiences around the world. I never listened to them, until last year, when several times, in a short period, the idea was brought to my attention. Either in conversations or listening to interviews on TV and podcasts. I thought ‘’this is not a coincidence’’. My journey as a writer was born.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Self-confidence is useful in many areas in life, both private and professionally. With confidence, you can be the person you want to be. Many people feel stuck and frustrated, but there’s no need to, because the great thing is that you can learn and build confidence. As a shy girl, my self-esteem used to be very low. By working abroad, I moved and adjusted to many countries and cultures. This experience has built my confidence and helped me pursue my passion to inspire and motivate others to change their lives.
How did you come up with the title?
Brainstorming about 100 different titles throughout the process, beginning on day one. Then, by the end of my first draft, I kept about 10 titles and asked people around me to select their favorites. Also, I posted a poll on facebook, which really helped me. And then, at one point, I just had to make the final decision and chose what felt the best.
What books have influenced your life most?
ACIM (A Course in Miracles), Ask and It is Given, The Secret, The Mindful Way, The Power of Now, etc…
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My coach and editor.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all. I’m very disciplined and put in all the effort I had. I planned it all out carefully and followed the plan diligently. From scheduling all the interviews, to writing, seeking an editor and designer, then the marketing and to end up with the launch. It felt stressful at times as I had no idea of all the things involved, such as title, design, print and Kindle, etc….Now, I would love to do it over again, because I know what’s coming!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
For nonfiction writers, I would advise to research a lot in order to give as much value as possible to your readers.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Currently, I am working on a new book project, together with others regarding entrepreneurial lifestyle. On a daily basis, I teach conversational languages to my clients, in addition to international business courses at the University. I also offer cultural awareness training to companies. I have many interviews scheduled with podcasters about my book and favorite topic, Confidence. Creating video's and speaking events activities I truly enjoy to inspire and motivate people!
Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I run several times a week in the dunes right by my house. I bike nearly every day, and I go to the gym to exercise my muscles. It is my way of relaxing my mind completely. I love being outside, and miss a sunny climate, because I’m probably out in the rain and cold and wind, more than sun. Then again, the wind definitely clears my head 🙂
I love Italian food. Simple, fresh ingredients, easy to prepare, yet so tasteful. Linguine pasta with shellfish, a few fresh tomatoes, a few leaves of basil and a drizzle olive oil on the top. Nothing more, nothing less. Mi piace tanto!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers/writers?
Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are. Life changes and so can you! You can Start Now! Take charge of your own success. Use the power of confidence and you will transform your life. Also, in the book, you receive all 15 interviews on video & audio files added as a Bonus.
One final question...Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My official website is www.rachelmets.com You can find my blog there, along with information on my books, services, and more!