5 Minute Interview: Peter G. James Sinclair
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Peter: My name is Peter G. James Sinclair. I’m currently the only one by that name in Google.
I am a proud husband and have been married for 28 years. I am the father of three fabulous children who are currently young adults. I am also an entrepreneur – currently the owner of a web design company and a hair salon (my youngest daughter is a hairdresser). In addition I am a professional author, blogger, speaker and business mentor.
What I most enjoy about what I do is helping people to become the best they can possibly become. As one of my readers wrote, – ‘I have the highest praise…in my books you achieve the highest goal – you INSPIRE!’
If I can do that for others, that makes me happy – to inspire others to take positive action in their lives, for their families and through their career or business.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world, who would be the most influential to you and why?
Peter: There are two men who have greatly influenced me. One alive, and the other long departed.
The first is a fellow Australian called Peter J. Daniels. At the age of 28 I locked myself away in a motel room with one of his books – determined to find out for what reason I had been put on planet earth. These 3 days defined the path of my life from that day forward.
Some years later I hid myself in the basement of a local university and it was there that I discovered books that were more than a century old. These books contained the original writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His words were as ‘liquid gold’ to my soul. His words struck a cord in my heart that helped me to discover my unique voice, especially when he exhorted me to ‘Insist on yourself: never imitate.’
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Peter: One year from now?
Someone recently told me that we generally overestimate what we will do in a year (I have been guilty of that), but at the same time bitterly underestimate what we can achieve in the next 5 to 10 years.
There are quite a few things that I could share, but I will pick one.
In one year I want to be positioned as having one of the top 5 most popular and most influential inspirational/motivational/personal development blogs on the planet.
Alvin: Since launching your site motivational memo what has been your greatest success story?
Peter: I launched my Motivational Memo site over a decade ago – not in its present format, and not as a blog. Back then I sent out e-zines. It became a blog as such some 4 to 5 years ago.
However, as I was fully engrossed in building a successful web design company at the time I simply wrote motivational blog articles for the fun of it. I never intended to make money from it.
But last year I sold my web design clients, still owned the business and still had staff, but I made the decision that I would now monetize my blog activities. I hired a blogging coach and have made great progress in a short time frame.
So what would be my greatest success story these past six months or so? The very fact that I have been able to develop personal relationships with some of the owners and operators of some of the biggest blogs in my niche. My life has been enriched through getting to know them, and I look forward to building upon these in the days ahead.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Peter: My largest step occurred at my lowest point, when my children were much younger.
A business that I owned with a relative of mine, and was also a director of, started to move in directions that I could not support. So I resigned.
However, I had made the mistake though of allowing that business to be my identity.
So when the business was removed from my life so too did my personal identity. I suddenly found myself in no-man’s land, became depressed, angry, and even violent towards my wife.
There was one point where my wife was huddling with my three children seated on our bed in our bedroom, while I was raging around the house – and as I entered the room and saw the fear on their faces, I stopped in my tracks.
I immediately turned and took myself outside and gave myself a stern talking to. I said, ‘Peter, if you keep going the way you’re going, you’re going to lose everything – even those who love you so deeply’.
I returned to my family transformed, sought their forgiveness, and peace reigned in our household.
Never again have I attached my identity to what I do – and the things that I am proudest of are not things at all, but rather my beautiful wife and my three children. Businesses, fame, wealth come and go, but family are forever.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Peter: I gave myself the best advice when I said – ‘Peter, it’s your life – so take personal responsibility for it, and while you’re at it make it the best life possible!’0