Wisdom Of The Men shares your life story and wisdom gained over the years to help readers improve their lives. Why was this an important book for you to write?
When I was in high school I had the great privilege to be mentored by Frank McCourt, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for his memoir about his impoverished childhood in Ireland, “Angela‘s Ashes.“ He inspired me and many other people to want to be writers.
I’ve been writing books for years but I never felt like I wrote anything of the quality of Angela‘s Ashes, and I wanted to do that because my ambition is to win the Pulitzer Prize and follow in his footsteps.
As you will see when you read the book, wisdom of the men came organically out of my experiences in the men’s self-help movement, and the vision for the book evolved into what it is because of my experiences in life and work. I needed to write this book because I needed to create my life‘s work masterpiece, so I put everything I had into this to make it the best book I could possibly write.
What is a common obstacle you find many people face when becoming an entrepreneur?
The biggest common obstacle for people who want to be entrepreneurs or are in their journey is that they don’t want to try and fail because they don’t want to look stupid. It’s unfortunate because this obstacle holding so many people back is for the most part entirely imaginary as no one is thinking about you or anything you were doing. If you’re holding yourself back because you don’t want people to think you’re stupid or foolish or a loser, you really need to understand that no one is thinking about you at all. They’re just thinking about them self.
What is one piece of advice someone gave you that had the biggest impact on your life?
One of my great mentors, Dan Kennedy, started saying something I picked up on, “rich people work hard.“
For many years I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to portray myself in my marketing as a hard-working person because so much of my work is about Celebrity, and I was concerned that Celebrity required a lifestyle of ease. But having asked many rich people including Martha Stewart, Ice-T, Dr Oz, and others who you will read about in the book, “do rich people work hard?“ I am very confident that self-made rich people do work hard, and this advice really allowed me to focus on working hard and use my hard work as a marketing tool and asset that has made me lots of money.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
There’s so many things that I want people to take away from the book, to narrow it down to only one thing would be doing the book a great disservice. In that spirit, to answer this question, I want people to understand the importance of “over delivering“ and I hope that this answer in its own way over delivers on your question.
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Building With Discarded Stones shares spiritual life lessons to help readers improve their lives and their faith. What inspired you to write this book?
Building With Discarded Stones was inspired by the extensive experience and interaction I have been privileged to have with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who struggles with maintaining their faith?
Keep your focus on God’s gracious gifts which are all around us, especially in good people.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Each chapter explores a different theme: what it means to be human, the elements of reconciliation, our human need for community…. But they all point to the fact that each and every human being is precious and needed for the building up of humanity, and for the possibility of creating together a future of peace and wellbeing for all. How we welcome and care for those considered to be “incompetent”, “defective”, or “useless” (the least, the littlest, the weakest, the different) is central to this process.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I hope that readers will find a sense of Hope and a broader appreciation of humanity – their own and others’.
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What happens when we start to believe in magic? Do we fall prey to fantasy and make believe? Or are we able to create something from that pure energy of imaginative knowing? These are the very questions that The Magic of Mindfulness is trying to answer. Based off of real experience and years of dedication, the author, Karen McDermott, shows us what happens if we open our minds to the idea of possibility. We’ve often heard the word “manifest” thrown about as a way to attract what we desire to ourselves. That if we simply wish it, it can come into being. The truth however is a bit more complicated. Yes, we can manifest things into being but it is a matter of dedication. Whether we actually believe in its power makes all the difference.
When I started The Magic of Mindfulness, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. However, the more I thought about it and the more I read, the more it started to make sense. People like to idealize “hustle” culture and that if we want something, it has to cost us everything we have. After reading this book, I have come to believe that it does not necessarily have to be true. Most people try to limit their thinking by saying that if only they had enough they could buy so and so. If we redirected our thinking to simply accepting that our goals will come, we save energy that can be sent out into doing the very thing we achieve to do. Karen Weaver does a fantastic job of explaining this idea and illustrating it in her well crafted book. Everything about this book is intentional, even down to the book cover. At first I thought, ‘oh what a neat looking cover’, but as explained in the books introduction the image represents something much greater.
While the book is filled with lots of intellectually invigorating content, there were moments where I felt like somethings were repeated. But this is a minor issue in a book that is replete with compelling and potentially life changing information that will enable you to reach your highest self.
The Magic of Mindfulness is overflowing with love and kindness. You can feel it in all of Karen’s words. In this potent personal development book readers will discover the power of intention and will be provided with practical guidance, including exercises and a notes section, that they can use to reach their highest potential.
Pages: 159 | ASIN: B08HR6NRZD
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Always Arising: Seeking Solace in an Isolated World is the ultimate book for you if you are looking to live a fulfilling and happy life. Meg Grasmick writes about a range of topics that touch on self love, growth, outside interactions, and facing life’s ups and downs among other things. This book is recommended to readers that enjoy self-help literature that focuses on equilibrium rather than a generic view of happiness. The author is kind with her words and considerate when talking about sensitive topics. I enjoyed reading Meg Grasmick because she does not hide who she is. She does not want to appear perfect nor does she hide difficult truths, and within this unveiled honesty I found authenticity and hope.
One thing this book will make you do is fall in love with yourself. On several pages the author talks about affirming self and getting to understand that we are different from each other. There is beauty in diversity and Meg Grasmick wants her readers to understand that there is nothing wrong with being different. I love how distinct the author is with the counsel she gives. She does not claim to be an expert, and only writes about subjects that she is knowledgeable about. Reading this book gives one the impression of attending a virtual mini therapy session. I thank the author for her charming words and making me hopeful with life again.
Always Arising: Seeking Solace in an Isolated World will help you be a wholesome person. The author gives confidence and encourages us to be kind to ourselves and not rush things. There is time for everything. The language in the book is pleasant and heartening. I love that Meg is not disapproving in her text and makes every reader feel important. This is the kind of book you read more than once because the content will help you arise and face the next day.
Always Arising: Seeking Solace in an Isolated World is an inspirational book that is a fantastic guide for anyone on a personal transformation journey.
Pages: 94 | ASIN: B093Y7J7Q5
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Now What? Managing a Sudden Transition In Your Career is a book that will always be relevant to any ambitious professional. The information shared by the author, tips on how to grow your career and become the best in the team, and general life advice shared by the author make this book a gem. Annella Metoyer writes from experience. The guidance she gives is solid and objective. I enjoyed reading this book because the author addresses different professional groups and even shares tips on how to navigate the career world. From her book, I believe that a day spent with Annella Metoyer would help one make the right career choices.
While I expected career advice, I was pleasantly surprised to also find a discussion about technology and its impacts. As an individual whose career was directly affected by the changes that technology has brought, Annella had prudent words for those that are just starting out. One way of staying relevant is going the extra mile. The author talks about working hard, working smart and grabbing opportunities whenever they present themselves. The step by step approach shared by the author when getting into a career, making connections and knowing when to leave if possible will be helpful to many students as well as corporate employees.
Apart from her professional life, Annella also touched on her personal life. I enjoyed reading about the challenges she faced and how she handled every issue. This book is an enlightening book with expert advice from an experienced professional. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a career coach or mentor in the professional world.
With practical and actionable advice that you can put to use right away Now What? is a critical book that will ensure your success if you were recently let go from a job you thought was secure. This should be your first step to getting back on track.
Pages: 106 | ASIN: B091ZGC2TQ
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Shotokan Karate provides readers with clear guidance on how to achieve black belt. Why was this an important book for you to write?
As I am a Sensei or coach in Karate, my first lesson for the students or Karateka is to teach them about the glossary of Karate with photos, so that they all can learn what Sensei is going to ask them or to perform specific stances. In Karate, Karateka learns from the academy but chances are there that he or she can forget next time when Sensei asks for it. So, mostly I used to give them a small paper where I write about glossary or perform Kata in front of the students. I thought that the book would be an alternative for all the students, if they forget any glossary or Kata stances, the book will be an excellent source. That’s why I wrote this wondrous book.
What is the first lesson practitioners must learn on their path to black belt?
First lesson for the practitioners is that hard work is the only path through which they can earn their Black Belt. There is no other source to get Black Belt. Yes, they can take the benefit through this pictorial book where all the Kata stances are performed by me with High-Definition photographs along with Kata’s description, which is very important to understand.
What were some key ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?
None of the authors or Karate Grandmasters, have written a book which is fully colored, Coffee-Table sized, and a pictorial book on Shotokan Karate. I have made this record and for this record, I have conferred with America Book of Records 2021, International Book of Records 2021, Asia Book of Records 2021, and India Book of Records 2021. Besides these three records, there were some other key ideas which were important to include like history of the evolution of Karate date-wise till the inclusion of Karate in Tokyo Olympics, Karate competition glossary, syllabus for all color belts, etc. I can say it’s a complete package for Karate enthusiasts.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I am sure readers will gain a lot of knowledge and can practice with the help of this book. This is a great book that Karate enthusiasts throughout the world will love to read. It has a lot of information about Karate that readers will take away from my book.
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Shotokan Karate- Easiest way to get Black Belt explains Shotokan Karate in detail, which is a style of karate developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi and his son Gigo Funakoshi. The author provides a history of this sport before delving into specifics. This helps to place the martial art in context of history and provides a jumping off point for the rest of the text.
The authors years of experience and enthusiasm for the subject clearly shines through his text. The author provides clear and actionable advice throughout the book that will help readers in martial arts but in life as well. The author pays homage to those that came before him and continues to appreciate his mentors throughout the book.
There are so many things that readers will love about this book. Readers will understand why Karate, and especially Shotokan Karate, needs passion and patience for one to enjoy. Some of the most vital topics that I enjoyed in the book were the benefits of Shotokan Karate, the basis of Shotokan Karate, fixing one’s attitude, building a solid frame as an individual, being competitive and the principles of the sport. The tone throughout the book is professional and impassioned, ensuring the text is engaging throughout.
Reading this book was a pleasant experience and fun especially for readers like me who have a passion for the art, but are not a master. The step by step approach used by the author when introducing and expounding on new topics made it easy for me to follow along and understand the lessons. I loved the high resolution images the author added because it adds a personal and authentic touch to this instructional book.
What better way to learn about Shotokan Karate than from a renowned Shotokan Karate master and champion. The expert advice provided in this illuminating book will help martial art practitioners at any of the lower levels and provides a clear guide to achieving black belt.
Shotokan Karate- Easiest way to get Black Belt is a straight-forward and informative guide to achieving black belt. This is an exciting way to master this art with advice directly from a champion.
Pages: 176 | ASIN: B08X1KP6Q3
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Soul Afterlife shares your personal journey and the discoveries you have made along the way. What were some key ideas that you wanted to explore in this book?
That is an excellent question. Over a ten-year period, I noted more than a few explanations regarding the meaning of the phrase, “spirit of man”. It was, in part, an attempt to clarify the mind/body/spirit treatment concepts that were expressed in the psychiatric/behavioral health hospital industry. I explored medical, psychological, traditional religious, as well as philosophical justifications for using the word “spirit” – both in the positive and negative. In addition, I studied at a Taiwanese Buddhist monastery in Northern Virginia to understand deep-thinking Eastern philosophical views of the subject of human consciousness. At this holy place, I was introduced to the Buddhist/Sanskrit doctrine of anatman, also described with the Pali term anatta. My Buddhist friends argued that nothing is constant, everything changes through time – that we all have a constantly fluctuating stream of consciousness. In essence, there is no underlying substance that can be called a human soul or an independently fixed spirit.
I was conflicted over this when comparing it to everything that I was discovering. My latest book – “Soul Afterlife -Beyond the Near-Death Experience” – begins by documenting this debate: How can I bring into focus the Buddhist doctrine of anatman in the middle of everything I was uncovering? Ultimately, it required the discipline to look beyond obvious explanations – to remove the veil that seemingly walled in my superficial understanding. Only then could I begin to balance the scales concerning what was behind my continuation – that which I understand to be the consciousness of Bud Megargee.
My key ideas or strategies to explore all of this were:
First, if I place aside the doctrine of anatman, can I find my answers to the “spirit of man,” outside traditional interpretations of the human spirit and in a metaphysical account of what a soul and soul life might look like?
Second, in taking such a voyage I wanted companions – I did not want to travel alone. I wanted readers to become “co-pilots” and journey along with me into uncharted waters to challenging the authenticity of what we all have been taught about a life, death and our consciousness. The only requirements and tools that would be required? Our questions.
Have your spiritual ideas changed or evolved after your time studying at Wat Yaranna Rangsee?
I do not think that they have changed or evolved in dramatic fashion. Perhaps they simply have been categorically enhanced. Let me explain: My Buddhist monastery experience has not been one of deep philosophical enlightenment. Rather, I would classify it as settling on what “core” life beliefs, insights, and actions are essential to whom I have chosen to grow into. The voyage to become deeply self-aware is a weighty challenge. I found that Vipassana meditation – the dedication to self-examination and observation – provided the impetus to consider what I might need to change or adjust to become less flawed.
Confronting the notion that we are significantly more than we can imagine requires the courage to be self-forgiving, less imperfect and more compassionately aware. Perhaps, upon reflection, they would be the spiritual changes I would comfortably recognize.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you before studying at the Buddhist Monastery?
I do not believe that there is a standard training pamphlet that exists prior to visiting a monastery but, here are several of my observations.
I remember initially standing in the entrance to the morning meditation room frozen by the level of respect that was on display between the monks, nuns and early morning visitors. Fashioned within the sounds of chanting and the periodic sound of the striking of an ancient bell, attentive monastic individuals were seeking the challenge of hunting for a moment of sincere enlightenment. Concentration, empathy and understanding are not just expressions for belonging within a Buddhist community. They are the needed building blocks for a heedful way of living.
So, to answer your question more directly – I would like to have been more prepared to understand that I would be an eyewitness to the heart of monastery attentiveness. That laced between the hum of an Om mantra, I would uncover the focused concentration necessary to grasp that, absent of my ego, I am more than I could possibly imagine.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
For the record, in the beginning, I never intended to write or publish anything as unconventional as life within the spirit world. Yet, with five alternative memoirs now in publication, including “Soul Afterlife – Beyond the near-Death Experience”, I am in the middle of organizing a sixth.
One theme that is universal throughout my mystical narrative accounts is the storybook temperament and collaboration of all energy. Within the literary limitations of “Soul Sins,” “Soul Mechanics,” “Soul Imprints,” and “Soul Afterlife,” there is an interconnection of energy with the natural elements that shape how we eventually act as a community.
It is becoming increasingly clear that stockpiled energy defines specific outcomes – individually, ecologically or within the intimate fabric of our society. As a result, I have begun to examine a detailed spiritual explanation of how the roles of water, fire, earth and air affects all life.
In “The Chaotic Energy of the Soul” I knowingly engulf my mystical narratives into the turbulence created by positive and negative chaos. Not everything that we experience is tilted toward disorder, but we need human warriors – those individuals who possess the indispensable energy to actively set the scales within nature’s basic elements, and in doing so, ensure that we all live inside a balanced world.
“The Chaotic Energy of the Soul” will be available in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats beginning Spring 2022.
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