Author Justin Patton Talks About His IRDA-Winning “Bold New You”

Bold New You was the winner in the SELF-HELP category of the 2020 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

Following find an interview with author Justin Patton.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?Bold New You was published in January 2019

What’s the book’s first line?
“Sept. 19, 1998. That was the day my life spiraled out of control and everything changed.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Bold New You is a book about how to stop holding yourself back and be a great leader of yourself. The author describes how the unexpected death of his father caused him to emotionally disconnect for 12 years. He shares how he turned his life around and became an international speaker and executive coach. More importantly, the author shares six breakthrough lessons to change how you lead, love, and communicate. If you’re ready to play bigger in your life, do the work it requires to get there, then Bold New You is the book for you.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
I’ve traveled the country for over a decade, speaking to organizations on leadership and coaching executives, NCAA athletes, and contestants in the Miss America and Miss USA pageants. I discovered that competence never held any of them back. What held many leaders back is what they believed about themselves and how their actions were impacting their relationships. I believe if you ever want to be a great leader of other people, then you must first be a great leader of yourself. Therefore, I was inspired to write a book that would give people some tools on how to get out of their way and rediscover the best of who they are.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
If you know you can play bigger, but aren’t sure what steps to take, then Bold New You is your guide.

Is this the first you’ve written?

Bold New You was the first book I ever published. I also published a 30-day workbook called Unleashing Potential: Confidence in 2019, and I will release Leadership Presence in 2020.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

I admire Brene Brown. I love the artful way she marries research and empathy. People see themselves in her writing, and I think that’s one of the biggest compliments an author can receive. She inspires me to write more, write better, and write with vulnerability.