Will you Answer the Call?


one nightAnswer the Call!

In Chetan Bhagat’s One Night at the Call Center, six Indian coworkers share their life stories while working together during one night at Connexions. Due to their hours, the story begins with Shyam Mehra (Sam Marcy) missing a family wedding. Over the course of the narrative, each team member reveals various secrets, dramas and personal traumas. Issues from arranged marriage to relations between genders and generations were all pertinent issues dealt with in this novel. At one point, on the verge of personal and physical disaster, the team is asked, “Are you going to answer the call?”

One team member, Vroom, answered, “I want to have a life with meaning.” He must alter his life by giving up meaningless work and quit the call center. “Calling is not my calling,” he pronounced. “Each of us must decide when to listen to the inner voice and when to make a change to begin the life we have always wanted,” he adds. Shyam admits, “I want to be worthy of someone like her and I want to be successful too.” All the characters realize they need to focus on themselves and are told: “Never be afraid of failure. If it has come your way, it means I want to give you a real shot at being successful later.”

If you have always wanted to write, we hope you are ready to answer the call to join our Travel Writing Contest.

The team members from One Night at the Call Center would urge you to go for it. As John Wooden, the infamous UCLA Basketball Coach used to say, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Book-CoverIn The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith stated that, “Writing is now one of the few skills you must have –and we really mean “must” here for the twenty-first century.” It is something we all must practice. Each of us must be ready to share our stories and realize: “We consume more written media than we ever have in history…it’s time for all of us to become master copywriters.” Answer the call and contribute.

The reality is that we are the first generation of people on this planet to be not only media consumers and media creators. We are all media owners as well.

In The Impact Equation, they argued that it is time to get your own channel. Create your own media. The global community is waiting.

People often ask me how to start a blog. My first suggestion is always to start immediately. Don’t worry about the name or the format but make a commitment to write on a schedule either every Sunday (as I did for two years) or once a month. Whatever schedule works for you, start today. If inspired, you can join our travel-writing contest, potentially being selected to win a cash prize or a wonderful book of travel literature in our raffle. It might even enthuse you to keep going! You do not necessarily have to create your own site but everyone has stories to share and you would be surprised at how many people want to read them.

My other suggestion is to keep reading. If you haven’t read Chetan Bhagat, his stories are very entertaining and bring to light the pulse and heart of young Indians. Referring to Bhagat, Time magazine stated, “Many writers are successful at expressing what’s in their hearts or articulating a particular point of view. Chetan Bhagat’s books do both and more.” The New York Times said Bhagat is “the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s history.” And I bet even he wonders sometimes if his stories are good enough.

Give yourself permission to make a change or work to make a dream come true. I cannot wait to read your stories. Don’t wait! Our contest ends February 14! All the rules and instructions are at http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/writing-contest

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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