Note: I’m pleased to feature this interview with author Joshua Fields Millburn as part of the Winning Edits Expert Interview Series.
Millburn left his corporate career at age 30 to become a full-time author and writing instructor. His essays at TheMinimalists.com have garnered an audience of more than 100,000 monthly readers. Millburn is also the bestselling author of two fiction and two nonfiction books and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR Radio, NBC, FOX, and Zen Habits.
He was born in 1981 and currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. Read more at his website, JoshuaFieldsMillburn.com.
Matt Gartland: You left your corporate career at 30 to become a full-time author. What were your biggest doubts when you crossed that threshold, and how did you overcome them?
Joshua Fields Millburn: The hardest thing for me to overcome was changing my identity. I had so much of myself tied up in my job title. It’s the first question we tend to ask people: “What do you do?” So, for me, I had a great, impressive soundbite answer: “I’m a Regional Manager.” The problem was that that title didn’t make me happy, it didn’t fulfill me or satisfy me. To change my identity, I started answering the question differently. I started telling people what I was passionate about–“I’m passionate about writing”–instead of what my title was. I did this for a year and I no longer felt so wrapped up in my job title.