Dino Carella is the Author of the Week
Dino Carella is a coach and consultant with 30 years of experience as a corporate leader. He also is the author of the book The Way of the Wind which is out now.
Hello Dino, welcome to BrandEducation, what’s your favorite word and why?
Freedom, because with freedom there is love, the ability to explore, learn and grow. Freedom implies trust and openness to the unknown.
What’s the last book you read?
The Mists of Avalon, The Forest House and the Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley all in one go, I just couldn’t stop reading. A wonderful series by a great writer.
What’s the book that changed your life?
I cannot name one particular book but the authors that I found most inspiring are Walt Whitman, Robert Pirsig, Hermann Hesse, Jack London, Carlos Castaneda and I could go on and on but I’d say these are the ones that come to mind right away.
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
Writing allows me to put order to my thoughts and dig inside to find the answers that otherwise would continue to create noise in my mind. It’s a form of self-inquiry, a meditation.
If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
I would just let me be. I never followed any advice so I know I would be ignoring my own advice too!
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve always enjoyed being in the open air and feeling free to explore. I’ve had many wishes, but they all had a common thread which was to feel life intensely.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Smoking cigars and from time to time having a nice sip of wine or single malt whiskey.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Don’t wait for inspiration. Write every day until the story unfolds through the characters you have clearly defined. Writing a book can be very tiring. Be prepared to delete parts that may interest you but may not be functional to the story. Going back to the same pages over and over can also be a daunting but necessary task. Don’t be discouraged, you will eventually have a book.
How do you generate new ideas?
Most of the time they come to me as I am writing. The moment I am fully present to the writing the best ideas come about and just get written through me. It’s almost like they don’t belong to me, they are somewhere out there and flow through me as soon as I am free my mind from thinking.
What’s the key lesson you want everyone to take away from your work?
Opening to the unknown with confidence. Follow your intuition and focus on execution, regardless of the opinion you or others have about you. I would like people to feel inspired to let go of the conditioning they bring with them and to embrace the path of their infinite possibilities with joy and confidence. There may be risks to be taken, but that’s where growth is.
Find out more at : www.dinocarella.com and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/dino-carella-4777454/