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A Book That Anyone Could Use

D. Terrence Foster Author Interview

The Stress Book teaches people how to mitigate stress levels before they become overwhelming, and when it does how to recover. Why was this an important book for you to write?

At about the start of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic was gradually taking over our lives. At that time, I was doing videos for my YouTube channel about how best to deal with the virus. One of those videos was about stress. It generated a lot of interest and comments and what I called or considered a desire of many people wanting more information about stress. So I decided to write a book that helps people deal with stress in difficult times. As I got further into writing this book, I decided as an author to follow the leads presented to me during the writing process. My focus then became not so much to write a book for the pandemic but rather a book that anyone could use regardless of the time of their life or whatever they are going through.

It was vital for me to write a book that was comprehensive, practical, easy to read and understand where the readers would be able to benefit from whatever information I provided to them. So, although the topic of stress can be very complex and very detailed, I try to present the information in a conversational form that makes it relevant and straightforward for the average person to understand.

Part of my life’s journey is to do whatever I can, however small, to help other people’s lives better. That’s what I want to do, and I hope that this book will help.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about stress?

Most people, when they consider stress see it as something or a condition that you get out of when things start going wrong or when you are unable to cope effectively with life challenges. Now, that may be true in part. In fact, forming the basis of most stress management plans and protocols, where ideas or concepts are often centered around how we manage the stress we are experiencing in our lives.

The greatest challenge for most people is understanding that the vast majority of stress we face has to deal with life issues. Therefore, the prevention and anticipation of what are some of the likely causes or the triggers or factors that lead to stressful situations are often more important than how we manage stress. The critical point here is that the emphasis should be on how do we prevent stress, how do we create a life where we can anticipate, and make life decisions that allow us to live in an environment where there is less stress because we are taking the right and appropriate step to prevent things from getting out of hand or becoming stressful. If you can prevent or reduce stressful situations before they are manifested, we are much farther along having a less stressful life than trying to find solutions to manage those conditions before they develop.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

The main thing is that we have control over the vast majority of things that happen in our lives. Unfortunately, a significant number of people believe that they are powerless and have no control or very limited control over the things that happen to them. We have the power to impact our lives more than anyone else can. If we understand and accept that, we can prevent or reduce many stressful events that may happen to us without that acceptance. If we all understand how much power we have individually and collectively, we can accomplish so much, not only with respect to stress in our lives but often some of the other challenges that we face as an individual, family, or a country.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Stress Book 40+ Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life is a book filled with practical and useful actions. It is not a book you just read and put away and never get to again. Many books are like that; when you read them, you enjoy them, you say it’s really a good read, but then you never, in most instances, go back to them.

This book is filled with ideas. One of the things that I will do is to create a workbook that people will be able to utilize along with this book and be able to apply some of the practical things that it contains, a guidebook if you will, that is more practically driven.

The second thing I will do is write a book about a new relationship-mental-disorder that I introduced in The Stress Book. This disorder is called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – AKD. I believe this will be helpful to many in creating better relationships and hopefully reducing toxic ones. As an author, there are always so many amazing and unique thoughts that go through the mind as we try to bring the creative energy that we all experience to reality.

I hope to release the guidebook later this year and the book about ADK in the fall of 2023.

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Are you or someone you know and honestly care about experiencing so much stress in life that it is so overwhelming? And maybe, the feeling that life is over seems inevitable? Or are you or that person trying desperately to avoid that condition? Well, look no further!
This best-selling multiple award-winning book takes a comprehensive approach to stress management & prevention and how modifying our lifestyles and taking practical steps can significantly reduce the stress level we are experiencing.
More than forty approaches to stress reduction, management, and prevention are covered in this book, giving you practical guidance applicable to most lives’ issues and circumstances. This book will help people struggling with challenging situations. For example, those who work in stressful jobs are involved in difficult personal or toxic relationships and many others. More importantly, it helps people from getting involved in these and other difficult situations and therefore prevents or reduces stress before it is manifested.

New Concepts: This book also provides you with many opportunities to simplify the management and prevention of stress by using a new acronym: S.T.R.E.S.S, which allows incorporating any of the forty-plus actions. You are also provided with practical ideas, solutions, and options that, when used, are likely to result in the reduction or prevention of stress.

You will also be introduced to a “new relationships (particularly toxic ones) mental disorder called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – A.K.D.” This is associated with the termination of relationships.
This book is intended to significantly improve people’s lives at any level of society who may be experiencing stress in their personal, business, or professional lives. I trust that it will make a difference in yours. Thank you for taking the journey to improve stress in your life and reading this book

Be Positive

Fred A. Idiaquez Author Interview

Learn to Live Life is self healing guide that looks after the spiritual well-being of the reader. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling to find peace in their life?

Seek your support groups – family, friends, god and or read a good book ect. but be positive.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One theme only: just to help people cope.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

That a positive mind always creates new and fascinating things due to creativity and a negative mind destroys itself and what was created.

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LEARN TO LIVE LIFE –
Is a satisfying and insightful book to be enjoyed as a self healing guide and spiritual well – being for the reader.

We Want Them To Feel Empowered

Pamela Smith Author Interview

Blackface is a celebration of African Americans’ success in politics, art, and culture and how they can build their own success in their businesses. Why was this an important book for you to write?

It was important to write because we want to see more Black faces building big personal brands and positioning themselves as leaders. We want them to feel empowered and equipped while also letting the world know that we are equally capable of leading.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Personal development, leadership tips, and personal branding advice is for everyone, no matter the race, so the hardest thing was not what we wrote about, but the fact that we had to specifically write to blacks due to the lack of representation and systemic issues that prevent us from having access to tools and resources

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

“What you think about self is more important than what anyone else thinks. Make sure your internal dialogue is positive.”

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

Having a black face should not exclude an individual. Black faces can lead well, build well, and serve well.

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African-Americans need more representation. It’s empowering to see those who look like you leading in their homes, communities, social circles, and careers. This is why building a personal brand is so important for black-faces. This book equips African-Americans with practical tools to build a personal brand develop as a leader, and serve with excellency. In this book you will learn:

– Why it’s vital for Blacks to think big, win big, and develop a big brand
– Personal Development Tips to be a self-leader
– How leadership at home helps with leading in society
– Community service and impact
– How to be an influencer in your social circle
– How to stand out amongst your colleagues in your career
– and the framework for creating a personal brand strategy that will elevate your life, business, ministry, and career

Pamela D. Smith is an Award-Winning Author, Evangelist, and Brand Developer. She has written over nine books and is proud to collaborate with her husband and three sons to empower other black faces.

LEARN TO LIVE LIFE!

Fred A.  Idiaquez is the kind of author that gets one to appreciate life. In Learn to Live Life: A Positive Outlook, the author talks about life on different journeys. He uses situations he has been through and what he has observed throughout his life. In his book, Fred A.  Idiaquez talks about positivity, realization, and the optimism that life offers.

The first chapter in Learn to Live Life is about understanding positivity. This chapter will enlighten readers and get readers to have positive energy around them. I like how straightforward the author is, defining terms and expounding on words that seem alike. When you read this chapter, you learn that positivity and optimism have some similarities despite having different meanings. This chapter is fulfilling and will awaken the optimist in you.

What stands out from Fred A. Idiaquez’s writing is his neutrality. Even when discussing societal vices, the author is modest and uses friendly language. As a reader, you get a warm feeling when reading Fred A.  Idiaquez’s work as you feel connected to him. I applaud the author for his impartiality and for showing kindness even when he is criticizing certain human behavior.

This book is an eye-opener and will get you to shun negativity, find balance, and change your perspective on various things in life. In Learn to Live Life, the author journeys with you during different stages of life. There are comforting words about grief, calming words about loss, cheerful words about joy, and assertive words about inspiration.

With the content in Fred A. Idiaquez’s book, you can take a new path, and make the life you have been dreaming of. Everything in Learn to Live Life: A positive Outlook will leave you with positivity. The tales shared by the author, lessons learned, and the subjects in every chapter were enlightening as well as refreshing. The author uses thoughtful words as he talks about real stories in the most considerate of ways. I recommend this informative self-help guide to readers that are looking for a motivational book on modern living.

Pages: 69 | ASIN: B09V3L76VC

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An Opportunity To Put Lifestyle First

Jeffrey Shaw Author Interview

The Self-Employed Life gives those that want to be self-employed a realistic look into the challenges and pitfalls, as well as how to be successful in self-employment. Why was this an important book for you to write?

It’s all I’ve ever known. I’ve never held a traditional job or received a paycheck from anyone. I realized this is a terribly underserved segment of society. A book was needed that spoke our language, that understood the realities of being self-employed. Business strategies that focused on relationships and not transactions. That were suited for one person businesses and small teams. An understanding of the emotional challenges we face and ways to improve our mindsets to reach our highest aspirations.

It’s always seemed that it’s the most innovative, creative, and bravest amongst us that chose to start their own businesses. To forge our own path and be different. Then without our particular needs being addressed, it seemed to reinforce we are “different”, not heard or as respected as we deserve. I want to change that.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

That recognition is an important strategy of success. I’ve always been perfectly happy just being good at what I do without worrying about whether anyone noticed. Eventually you realize that recognition is an important component of advancing your career and having the impact you desire.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

To be proud of being self-employed. To see being self-employed as worthy of the highest level of respect and to join together as a community. That being self-employed is an opportunity to put lifestyle first and build a business that fits into your life rather than a life you’re trying to fit into your work.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have several ideas for the next book, but nothing decided yet. It will most definitely serve self-employed business owners again and I’m aiming for Spring 2024.

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From the host of the wildly popular The Self-Employed Life Podcast comes a compelling guide for self-employed business owners, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, on creating a purpose-driven, heart-centered lifestyle.

To be self-employed means more than employing oneself. It’s a choice to challenge yourself to grow personally while building a business. Caught between entrepreneurship and small business, self-employed people often feel overlooked and left out.

Professional photographer and host of the Creative Warriors podcast Jeffrey Shaw believes that as we develop ourselves, we raise the bar—we’re capable of even more success. What self-employed folks need is both business strategies and personal development to reach and maintain that success. In The Self-Employed Life, Shaw offers a three-part ecosystem for success:

● Personal development: mindset, exercise, nutrition, and other healthy shifts
● Business strategies: marketing, finance, and other key tools for growing your business
● Sustainability: the daily habits that help you sustain success

This holistic approach will equip you over the long haul, beyond the mechanics of setting up and running a business.

Whereas Shaw’s previous book, Lingo, was about creating the secret language to attract ideal customers, this book is all about creating the environment, the Self-Employed Ecosystem, to attract the success you want. He shows you how to get clear on what you want to get away from what you don’t want, set clear intentions in a specific From-To format, and reflect on three big life questions to clear the way.

As Paul Jarvis did with Company of One, Jeffrey Shaw plots a path forward for the solopreneur who knows that small is better—except when it comes to how big you can dream. He shows you how you can set up your environment to create the success you want. You may be in business for yourself, but you’re not in business by yourself.

Living Now With Eyes Wide Open

Bailee Walker Author Interview

If I Only Knew provides readers with critical life skills not taught in school that will help them improve themselves and protect their family. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The information was my therapy/journal that took on a like of its own. After a 30+ years I wanted to share what I’d learned, as a former sheltered individual, living now with eyes wide open.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

Knowledge is power.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Open your eyes, and look around you, and understand that if you want to hit the ground running in the right direction, you need to have a plan of action. I left home 45 years ago without a clue about life skills, I bumped my head several times, but luckily was smart enough to not lose my freedom or my life along the way.

What is a common misconception you feel many high school graduates have about life today?

That you can do what you want, when you want without consequences.

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If I Only Knew: Life Skills Not Taught In School

There is a lot in life that isn’t taught in schools. Yes, we get our basic education in school, but what about life skills? Understanding how the real world works is a skill that needs to be learned in order to become a strong, well-functioning member of society. Those leaving high school, sometimes even college, are shocked at how the world works because they were not prepared. Knowledge is power. Learning these important life skills will prepare you for the real world. It will help keep you safer and may help protect those that you love and care for.

This book is a collection of stories and news from around the world set out to show you and teach you the skills you were not able to get from school. Learn about ways to protect yourself and your family by reading tales of those who didn’t know better. Better yourself, be stronger, be aware, and stay diligent.

Some of the topics covered:Critical Thinking
Healthy Relationships
Better Research Skills
Street Smarts
Basic Life Skills
Manners and Etiquette
Domestic Violence
Living In Bad Neighborhoods
Avoid Being A Victim
Black-on-Black Violence
This collection includes 3 books for the price of one. If I Only Knew is broken down into three separate books with tons of information, stories, and news.

Doctorate 101 A Concise Guidebook For Your Doctoral Journey

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In Doctorate 101 author Dawn McLucas shares her personal journey pursuing her doctorate degree. Along her journey she shares tips and things to consider when pursuing a doctorate degree. McLucas starts off by sharing what she had to overcome to obtain her doctorate. The author continues on to provide in-depth information on what is needed in order to earn a doctorate.

I found a lot of the information in the book to be very helpful and pragmatic, like the authors recommendation to list out your goals prior to pursuing your doctorate. This is similar to creating a vision board and will help readers keep themselves on track. I also appreciated the emphasis on motivation when times get tough. The biggest pieces of advice that the author provides is in the lessons learned section, as she shares with readers that this journey is not a cake walk and to expect some roadblocks.

Dawn McLucas provides the reader with insightful and encouraging information. I believe those who are pursuing their doctorate will benefit from reading this informative book as McLucas sets the reader up for success by creating clear expectations and then diving into how to overcome them along with handling moments of doubt.

The writing comes off as conversational and encouraging, which makes the reader feel like they are listening to a friend or a mentor. The book is setup in an easy-to-read format and flows smoothly between sharing the author’s experience in pursuing her doctorate and her lessons learned as well as tips to stay motivated and how pursuing your doctorate can be rewarding.

This step-by-step guide will mitigate any surprises prospective students may encounter when pursuing their doctorate. The author shares exactly what to expect from planning your classes, scheduling your time, research and presenting your data.

Doctorate 101 shows readers that even though this is a difficult task, it is not unattainable. With hard work and perseverance it is possible. Doctorate 101 is an important book to read when pursuing, or even considering pursuing, your doctorate. McLucas sets the reader up for success and provides the motivation needed when you begin to doubt yourself.

Pages: 33 | ASIN : B09VY96N1G

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My Personal Growth Path

Nate Thurgood Author Interview

REACH helps readers find their potential by focusing on five key areas to improve in order to live their best life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’ve learned through my own winding journey that your personal growth is capped unless you look outside yourself and help others to grow too. So I’m very focused as a part of my personal growth path to help others to become their best and live meaningful lives. But that’s not where REACH first started.

I came up with the concepts in REACH to help improve my own life during an unexpectedly difficult period. Initially, I thought I was alone in my struggles. But as I was more open about my difficulties and the success I was having with the concepts in REACH, I found that many people, maybe even most, faced similar struggles and were looking for help. Some other people started using the REACH framework with similarly positive success, so I decided to more formally write down the REACH concepts. It wasn’t until my REACH partners encouraged me to keep writing that the idea for a book emerged.

You include personal stories in this book, what was the hardest one for you to write about?

The story about my mom and reference to her in the acknowledgments section were the most emotionally difficult for me to write. My mom and I were very close and she was always there for me when I needed her. For most of my life, she struggled with debilitating health issues and wasn’t able to participate in life the way that she wanted. And I always admired her ability to endure her challenges and keep pushing to become better.

A few months before I started writing the book, my mom passed suddenly and unexpectedly due to a health issue. Her passing was devastating and I thought about her frequently during the writing process. I didn’t initially expect to include anything about my mom in the book, but as the manuscript evolved, I found that her story fit perfectly. Writing about her was difficult, but it meant a lot to me to be able to honor her in that way.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

I’ve been fortunate to have received fantastic advice from many people, including my dad. Ever since I was a kid, my dad has encouraged me to find ways to create optionality in my life. Options give you flexibility and that flexibility often has tremendous value. While there have been times throughout my life where I haven’t done a good job of creating optionality, having that mindset instilled in me from an early age has helped me on many occasions. I often fallback to this advice when I’m having difficulty, whether that be with a work or personal challenge.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have ideas for a few other books in the personal development and business genres. But right now, I’m focused on creating supplemental REACH content that I’m distributing through the REACH website (www.reachpersonalgrowth.com) and building a community around the concept. I believe there is so much opportunity for REACH to have a positive impact on the lives of many and I’m on a mission to help make that happen.

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Now is the time to recognize the massive, untapped potential within you, to discover what is possible in your life, and to take meaningful action to maximize your full potential. Now is the time to follow the pathway to become truly exceptional and begin living your best life.
REACH provides a holistic, customizable framework to maximize your personal growth and development across all areas of your life. Centered on five personal development focus areas and the formation of a tight-knit support group, REACH enables you to accelerate your growth beyond what you thought possible.
Using the step-by-step guidance offered in REACH, you develop a bold, aspirational view of what you want your life to be in the future and take action to harmonize your growth around what matters most to you. But, achieving your full potential is difficult to do on your own. This is where your group of trusted advisors comes in, as they regularly hold you accountable, provide support and encouragement, and advise you on your growth journey. You do the same in return and in the process develop meaningful and lasting friendships.
With personal insights from the author, REACH is a real-world, “been there, done that” take on self-help that’s designed to help you maximize your potential and live your best life.
You have so much to look forward to and your future is far brighter than you can see today. So prepare yourself, choose your traveling companions wisely, and REACH.
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