Gary Sirak is an author, entrepreneur, public speaker, financial advisor and American Dream advocate. He is the President of Sirak Financial Services, Inc. Gary Sirak says his goal is to inspire as many people as I can to explore the opportunities and possibilities of their lives and give them the tools to make the most of them. Gary Sirak has over 35 years in the financial services business, where he has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people turn their dreams into realities. His experience of enjoying the people who have become extremely successful, and witnessing people throw their money away is what has inspired him to turn to writing books. His most recent book, The American Dream, Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results, has received very positive reviews. Please enjoy my interview with Gary Sirak.
How do you describe your occupation?
I’m an Author, Financial Advisor and Consultant.
I start my day out at one of three coffee shops drinking a Mocha. I then spend my day either on the phone or in meeting consulting and/or helping people solve their problems.
What are you reading at the moment and what made you want to read it?
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda. I heard him speak at the Chautauqua Institution in New York and had to pick up his book.
Can you remember the first book you read by yourself?
Are you a page folder or a bookmarker?
Bookmarker, always. Never damage a book.
When did you fall in love with reading?
Can you talk us through your research process when preparing for a new book?
I use outlines formulated by a Strategic Coach to get all of my thoughts on paper. This helps me think about what both I, and others, will gain from me writing this book. Will this book help anyone? Will it affect someone in a positive way? If the answers are “yes” I begin to formulate the chapters. If the book requires interviews, I begin coming up with questions and start the interview process. If I need to look up facts, I begin the research.
If you could gift yourself books at age 16 and age 25 – what would they be and why?
16 Years old – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It is funny and will allow you to look at the world in a different way.
25 Years old – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Everyone needs to read/reread this series. These books give you an amazing experience and take you on a great trip, away from reality.
What are perfect reading conditions for you?
A mocha or a glass of wine and a quiet room with good light and soft background music.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason and The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. These books allow you to look at your career and how money works/is managed.
If you could invite 5 authors (dead or alive) to a dinner party – who would they be and why?
Malcom Gladwell – He is a great storyteller.
Napoleon Hill – He is also a great storyteller, he is one of my favourite authors.
J.K. Rowling – She has an incredible imagination and she can put it on paper. I am fascinated by her and her writing.
Joseph Heller – He writes with humour, satire and seriousness.
Lee Child – He has the capability of capturing me on the first page. Once I start reading one of his books, I can’t put it down.
& I have to add one more
Robert Parker – Just like Lee Child, he captures me on the first page. His books are a great way to spend the weekend.
What was the last book you purchased, and why did you buy it?
A book written by Rick Reilly that is a compilation of sports essays. I bought it because of his humour and witty sense of writing.
What is your favourite thing about reading?
The scape. Reading takes me to a place other than Canton, OH. Although there is nothing wrong with Canton, OH. It’s just nice to get away for a little while.
If you could insert yourself into any book, which would you pick and why?
Any of the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling novels. Then I would be able to use my elder wand that I have on display in my office!
What two pieces of advice would you give a young aspiring writer?
Don’t write for money and find a good editor.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This book showed me how people start with nothing and make something of themselves. It was incredibly inspiring, I have read it at least 4-5 times.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
There is a 4 book series written by: Christopher Paolini called Inheritance Cycle. It’s great and just like JK Rowling’s book, it takes me to another time and place full of imagination.
Which book sat on your shelf are you most excited about reading next and why?
The Rick Reilly sports essay book. I’m looking forward to a good laugh!