Thoughts on Persistence

Have you ever watched a child who is learning to walk?

She first pulls herself up using the couch or a table leg, then turns and takes a step. Or two.

BAM! Down she goes.

What occurs next is a minor miracle – she pulls herself up and tries again!

Eventually, she succeeds! (and the peace of the household is forever gone.)

What’s happening here?

The baby shows resilience, the ability to get back up after she falls.

She also shows persistence, the ability to keep going after the fall.

You may have heard that insanity is repeating the same actions while expecting different results.

Clearly our baby is doing something that allows her to, ultimately, succeed!

I believe she is learning from her experience and applying what she learns to do better the next time.

That, in a nutshell, is the theme of my chapter in Resilience.

If you want to be resilient, you need two things: persistence and planning. Persistence to help you regain your feet when you lose balance and planning to help you move forward toward your goal.

— Presented at the Bookworm in Omaha, Nebraska, August 19, 2017

Spotlight on the Art of Grace has been Released!

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Spotlight on the Art of Grace

This weekend, our new book, Spotlight on the Art of Grace has been released.

The first book issued by the Alternative Book Club is now out and available for purchase from Lulu.com.

By reading, Spotlight on the Art of Grace, you will be moved by powerful stories of personal loss and triumph. You will learn important tips on how to learn, how to mend fences, how to make the world better, and all the while do it with energy and with a smile.

Drawing from the overall category of Grace, the book spans a variety of fascinating topics, from bringing good energy into your interactions, to effectively using humor, to being thankful even when things don’t work out the way you thought, to making effective apologies, to stepping our of your comfort zone, and to being conscientious in the workplace.

Nine of our authors collaborated on this extraordinary collections of stories and life’s lessons.  The book will move you and educate you.  We know you will discover Grace in your life.

We hope you’ll consider checking it out!