Have you ever had a dream that kept you up at night? I have. In March 2010, I was making up creative adventure stories with my 5-year-old son Kenny at bedtime where he was the main character in the stories. We were connecting so much as father & son, that my wife encouraged me to record them. I listened. By the end of the summer of 2010, I had a complete 10-book adventure, fantasy series filling up 22 hours of mp3. As I searched for the next step, a deep desire welled inside of me to not only convert the stories into a book for my son but to get them published. 'What if these stories could help other families?' This thought and desire was confirmed when I was given a bible verse as a mission statement - Luke 1:17 - He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
I quickly realized that I needed more resources to complete this dream. We were in a lot of debt at the time and I was cleaning houses 5-6 days per week, thus I lacked time and money. I also lacked the resource of knowledge on how to write a book and get it published. It's amazing how a powerful dream can get you to make changes in your life that you didn't think possible. There were 3 major changes we made:
Our family had a shift in 2017. I was building a platform to help dads called Dadnamics in my at-home time to get my book into the hands of other families. At the same time, I was getting requests from cleaning company owners to coach & train them to be efficient like me. This lead to us following another long-time dream to leave NY and return to our family in the Philly Area after 18 years away. Selling a business and moving our family was a huge endeavor and something had to budge. I made the difficult decision to put my dream on the shelf. I parted ways with my followers in a way that left the door open for the future and focused on the sale & move.
My dream awakened a few weeks ago and it seemed so simple. I don't have to write a book this time. It's done! I just need to get this book into the hands of as many dads as I can and see what happens. Do you have kids between 7-12 in your family? Do you know other families that could benefit from an interactive reading experience between father & child? If so, I want to offer my interactive book, Arctic Land, to you for free! Just go to my website and download your copy or pass it on.
I have a few other resources that you may enjoy! This is the article I wrote when I launched my book to share the full development arc of conception to published. Here's a video I created shortly after publishing the book to share more of our journey. I hope this episode of Solo Cleaning School has shown you the power of a dream. Therefore, go get a BIG DREAM of your own!
The Smart Cleaning School Podcast helps cleaning business owners from start-up to the struggling solo to the striving seven-figure get SMARTER in their businesses, reshape their mindset, increase productivity, clear the overwhelm, and get clarity through SMART goal-setting & personal accountability. Ken Carfagno is a lifetime learner and teacher. His mission is to help visionaries make the impact they were meant to make.