Love Does

Love Does by Bob Goff

I am constantly reading books. And I typically enjoy most of the books that I read. However, sometimes there are ones that really impact you. They move you to do something. This was one of those books. 

I had heard about Bob from Donald Miller’s blog and his books. I have to be honest. Bob seemed larger than life. He seemed like someone who was so amazing that you could tend to get irritated with him. Why? Because you automatically think that you could never be like him. You want to. Deep down, you want to be as generous and giving and whimsical, but you just can’t. There are always a million excuses why you can’t. And Donald Miller is describing him as the person who has had the greatest impact on his life. Ever! Donald Miller. The one who has written amazing books that have impacted people all over the world.  

But then I read this review on Bob’s website:

“For anyone who’s wanted to change the world but thought they needed money, a committee, and permission to get started, Love Does shows what can happen when you decide to do instead of plan, act instead of strategize, and fiercely, invisibly fight for the possibility God has gifted you to uniquely see.”

So I ordered the book. And, I loved it right away. Bob has a way of making you feel like his friend. He has a way of writing in a manner that helps you see that he ISN’T larger than life. He is a normal person. But he chooses to LIVE life. In a secretly incredible, awesome way. Bob starts off by explaining how his office is on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. He talks about how most people never go there when they visit Disneyland. They always think they will get to it next time. Then, I love what he says.

” Tom Sawyer Island is like most people’s lives, I think: they never get around to crossing over to it.”

He goes on to explain, “Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision. They need a change of attitude, not more opportunities.”

Wow. Can anyone else relate to that?? 

This book hit home with me. I have been continually reminded of how we can make a difference right where we are. We don’t have to move to Africa. We don’t have to start a non-profit. We don’t have to have a huge dream. The bigger difference sometimes is made right where you are. With the people who are in your life. Your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, your acquaintances. We can all make a difference. We just have to be willing to do it. Here are some of my favorite lines from the book. There are so many great words of wisdom in here!

“God usually chooses ordinary people like us to get things done.”

“I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.”

“Actually, the real game of Bigger and Better that Jesus is playing with us usually isn’t about money or possessions or even our hopes. It’s about our pride. He asks if we’ll give up that thing we’re so proud of, that thing we believe causes us to matter in the eyes of the world, and give it up to follow  Him. He’s asking us, “Will you take what you think defines you, leave it behind, and let Me define who you are instead?””

“I used to think religion tasted horrible, but now I know I was just eating the fake stuff.”

“Jesus doesn’t invite us on a business trip. Instead, He says let’s go after those things that inspire and challenge you and let’s experience them together.”

“It seems that what God does most of the time when He has something to say is this…He doesn’t pass us messages, instead He passes us each other.”

“I used to think I needed to record stories, but now I know I just need to engage them.”

This doesn’t even cover half of the passages that I have underlined and gone back to in this book. It is so engaging and powerful. I want to share this book with as many people as possible. So, I am giving away a free copy. Just leave a comment below, or on Facebook. Retweet this on Twitter. I’ll randomly choose a winner by Tuesday.

I am confident you will get something out of this book. If you’d like to learn more before you order the book, or win it here, here are some additional resources. My friend Kristen, or Keeks, is doing a chapter by chapter review of the book on her blog. That’s how good this book is!  And my friend Andy also did a great podcast  review. Stop over there and check them out for additional views on the book.

How do you engage stories?

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One year done!

One year ago this week, I made a decision.

A decision that would change my life.

I decided to get healthy.

I didn’t go on a diet.

I didn’t starve myself.

I didn’t start working out only for a short time and then quit.

I wasn’t even quite sure what my plan was.

But I did know that I was committed to getting healthy.

I knew that I was six months away from turning 40.

I knew that I was out of shape.

I knew that I wanted to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle I had been on for most of my adult life.

I was sick of it!

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And now, a year later, I feel great.

I am still working on making healthy food choices. Continuously.

I workout 4-6 times per week.

I engage in community with people who encourage and support me.

I challenge myself to do something new.

To run farther. To try a new workout. To push myself harder.

Am I exactly where I wanted to be? No.

But, the results have been encouraging.

I am smaller. I feel alive. I feel happy. I feel strong.

I trust that I can continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

It starts with choices. Every day you have the option to make them.

What choice can you make today to live a healthier lifestyle?

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LifeChangers – Do Something!

LifeChangers

It’s a series about people just like you and me, who decided to do something different.

They decided to change their life, or the lives of others around them.

They are inspiring.

They are making an impact right where they are.

They are passionate.

They are full of life.

And they are willing to share their story.

I first “met” this week’s LifeChanger at the Quitter conference last year. I say “met”, because I connected with her on Twitter at the conference. We never met in person then, and still haven’t. For the longest time, I could never remember her first name, because I just knew her as Keeks! Her website and email and twitter all have Keeks somewhere in them.

Keeks is her nickname. Her real name is Kristen. And she is one of those people who I just instantly liked. We share common interests in books and movies, have a circle of online friends that overlap, and support each other’s blogs. It’s kind of crazy how that happens all online sometimes.

She has a really interesting story. I love her honesty and willingness to share from the heart, even when she knows some people may not like it. One of the ways that we connected recently had to do with the movie, Blue Like Jazz. She and I both saw sneak previews, and posted about our experience. But, she did something afterwards that I thought was super cool. I’ll let her give you a little background about herself, and tell you more about what she did in her own words.

Me: Tell us more about Keeks

Keeks:

I’m the third daughter, third child with a normal and Christian upbringing. I am the baby of the family and if you’ve read anything about birth order – I’m the description to the finest detail mixed in with only child. My mom and dad provided a lifestyle of “you only live once, so let’s go on vacations” – I’m thankful for this because my dad died when I was 16. My sisters are 10 and 12 years older.

Early memories include being drug to every church event under the sun, being a very young kid who tagged along at every youth group activity. I learned from my parents and sisters how to tee-pee, fork yards, pull pranks (although I’m a hopeless prankster because I’m too scared of consequences), and surprising people with a van wired with a special horn that honked out songs (Like “Happy Birthday” or “For he’s a jolly good fellow”).

The time my dad was sick and died was about a two year “process”. I really sunk into a funk and would rebound often. I’d say now at 32, I finally feel really good and really hopeful for the future. His death just about did me in. BUT at the time my father was so sick, I met my best friend. Our friendship is the answer to both our family’s prayers for a Jonathan/David Godly friendship. Our friendship is one of my reminders of what love does exponentially.

Again I’m 32. Single. And still wondering what the hell? Did I piss God off so much He is making me take the Paul route? I’ve lived in Oklahoma all my life. I am one of the weirdest people I have ever met. At least I realize I’m weird and I’m really trying to move into fulling embracing that. I like Wes Anderson movies like they are some sort of legal drug.

My day job is at a community college in the library. Most people think I am a librarian – I’m not. Most days I refer to myself as a faux librarian. I am an introvert. So I have a ratio of one day of people, 3 days at home to recover. My real job? The one I am passionate about is: I’m a writer. The books at the library are my source of comfort and inspiration.

Me: How were you impacted by Blue Like Jazz? And what did you do about it?

Keeks:

Blue Like Jazz the book came into my life soon after it released. And as is my quirkiness: I rejected it. I don’t like trendy stuff (and I felt like everyone was reading it), but in 2010 I found myself unemployed, drifting, and the book called to me. Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller. Dang. His writing is so conversational. So easy stream of consciousness. And it just snuggled up next to my heart and hasn’t left.

This book was more than just a conversation starter about the Church, more than essays about a man finding God outside of religion – this book was just so honest. Unwaveringly truthful in a sea of books that want to give you a to-do list to discover you, God, passion. I liked that each time I’ve read the book since then – it’s different because I’m different.

And then there is Blue Like Jazz the movie. Can I just convey my excitement that this movie has caused bewilderment between all camps of people? This movie – all its rawness, all its messiness, all its quirkiness – it is just so me. Or rather I can just relate. The bumbling along, the crisis of faith, the immaturity, the people pleasing – oh my gosh – the humour — all of it just made me think that there are movies, writers, actors, directors, etc that get people like me…we are some crossbreed of all things and we just want to be known. No judgement, no critiques, no fixing – accepted, simply accepted.

I knew about the upcoming movie and the story behind it because my oldest sister had helped fund it when the movie lost its financial backers. I was inspired. I didn’t have the money, but I knew I wanted to help. I joined Civil Disobedience. Civil Disobedience is a group that promoted the movie. Every week or so we would received assignments to go out and create some attention toward Blue Like Jazz. I was a lousy civil disobedient. I mean I did some of the tasks, but I was trying to do things quietly and I kept placing stuff up around my work. Writing blogs, tweeting. I wasn’t a person dressed up as a sexy carrot, you know?

But then the group received a challenge to take a picture with a sign that you filled in: I misrepresented God….and I’m sorry. 

I wanted to do something a bit different. Something bold for me. I went home. Grabbed a stack of notecards and started writing. Each one, each note, each thought.

I realized I was acting like God, but didn’t know God. Humbling. Very humbling. I was misrepresenting Him.

I took the cards and left them in various places – doors, windows, mirrors, my church, bathrooms. There is one card I wrote to those who work at abortion clinics and I’m in the process of sending them personalized cards. I had never considered their story. Never considered that the God I know and I love – would simply love them. It’s heartbreaking to see how destructive our attitudes, our judgements, our distancing of ourselves from things is not keeping us safe – it’s wounding our souls, it’s wounding others’ souls.

I actually still carry these cards with me. This is kind of like a touchstone for me. I write the cards, I leave them places, and it’s out of my hands.

Blue Like Jazz helped me step outside of myself. Blue Like Jazz gave me hope.

Hope that in all my quirkiness I am not alone. What Donald Miller and Steve Taylor have done is broken down a barrier between the church bubble and the rest of the world. And I love love love this.

 Me: What do you want others to know?

Keeks:

Strive to live your life undeniably real. Each of us has so much to offer, so much to learn. My greatest fear was that my writing would push people away; instead, I’ve found people who embrace my irreverence, who embrace me – they accept me for me.

My fear was completely laughable when I received this tweet:”@keeks4prez Just read your latest post. You got me at f*ckers and God ordering your steps. Hooked!”

Also, find something that inspires and challenges you and put it into action. You will be amazed at what happens along the way.

Living transparently is such a struggle for me; each time I publish, each time I sit down and write I am facing the fear. And I am weakening fear’s grip on me. But it is hard to be unflinchingly honest. I will write something like the unicorn post and then all I want to do is delete it.. But I know I am not alone. There may be one other person who needs to hear these words. And so I leave my posts up. Unflinchingly honest means I have to be vulnerable.

Thank you, Kristen, for sharing your story. Your words are beautiful and encouraging. As your blog tagline says, you are “living a better story by sharing yours.” I am so thankful to know you, and look forward to the amazing ways that God will continue to use you and your story. You are truly a LifeChanger!

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The chase

You’re chasing me, always

This is a line from a song by an amazing band I love called Seryn. And that line always makes me think.

Kid chasing seagulls

Kid chasing seagulls (Photo credit: mikemol)

A few years ago, and for the majority of my adult life, that line would have caused stress and tension for me. I knew God was chasing me. He would tug at my heart and ask me to make a decision. I would continue to build a wall. I would struggle to keep the illusion of control that I thought I had.

Now, it no longer causes that type of reaction. What do I feel instead?

Comfort

Peace

Happiness

Security

Now I know that regardless of what happens in my life, God will continue to chase me. He wants me to have a relationship with Him. He wants me to trust Him.

It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you say yes and start running with Him, instead of away from Him.

How have you felt God chasing you?

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Inspiration

My friend Jim Woods nominated me for a Kreativ blog award last week. I was floored and honored! Jim writes a great blog about how he found his “unknown” creative side. He also helps others find the “unknown” aspect of their lives through Creative coaching. He is an incredible encourager, and a super nice guy. To pay this forward, I am choosing to share 7 things about me, as well as 7 blogs that inspire me.

Things you may not know about me:

1. I have played the piano since I was 4. I can play almost any sheet music you put in front of me (not as well as I used to!), but cannot play chords or by ear at all.

2. I wanted to be a funeral director when I was younger.

3. I have recently started running, and am really liking it. I am running the Warrior Dash in two weeks!

4. I rarely watch TV.

5. I was a miracle baby, born 17 years after my parents were married, and after they had adopted my sister and brother.

6. I STINK at video games!

7. I say crazy things in my sleep. Just ask my husband.

Seven inspirational blogs:

1. Kristen Keyser – Kristen writes about living a better story by sharing hers. She is incredibly motivating, and shares great book reviews. She and I continue to find that we have similar interests and stories. She writes at www.theycallmekeeks.com

2. Stephanie Ho – Stephanie writes very honest posts about life and trying to live positively. She is also an incredible photographer. She has taken many of our family pictures, and recently took my new headshots. She writes at www.positivelymemyselfandi.blogspot.com

3. Christine Niles – Christine writes a beautiful blog about orphan issues and making a difference in the world. She is an incredible encourager, and a great writer. She writes at www.riverofthoughts.com

4. Tom and Chris Reber – These two are some of the most positive, enthusiastic people I know. They have a company called Motor, which is all about being extraordinary and honoring UNCommon effort. They also have an incredible story. You can learn more about them at www.motorhard.com and www.motorhard.com/the-motor-mama.

5. Grant and Kellee Keys – They write about living radically, and just became foster parents for the first time. They are sharing their incredible journey through it all. Their faith and determination are inspiring! They write at www.radicalkeys.wordpress.com.

6. Heidi Kreider – I recently met Heidi through Michael Hyatt’s Platform Book launch team. We clicked pretty quickly. She writes about learning to live a life of grace and unwrapping God’s presence in her life. I am currently in the middle of reading her novel, which is really good. You should check it out! She writes at www.heidikreider.com

7. Pilar Arsenec – I also met Pilar through Michael Hyatt’s Platform Book launch team. What an encourager this woman is! She is full of life, and is so incredibly sweet. She writes at www.inhisloveministries.blogspot.com

Thanks again to Jim for such an honor. What blogs inspire you?

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Nobody told me

Nobody told me how having kids would change my marriage.

Nobody told me that I would fall in love with these kids so much, that I would unknowingly isolate my husband, and make him feel like he wasn’t needed anymore.

Nobody told me just how HARD it is to raise kids.

Nobody told me that every waking minute would be consumed by taking care of their needs, and putting my own on the backburner.

Nobody told me that I would face serious hardships in my marriage. That my husband would be unhappy. That I would feel completely numb.

Nobody told me that I would ignore my husband for a very long time. And that he would get to a point where he didn’t really care.

Nobody told me that life can be really hard. And that sometimes I would just struggle to make it through the day.

Nobody told me these things before I had kids. Or even after I had kids. Or during those really, really hard early years with multiple children.

So I am telling you.

New Moms, young Moms, Moms with young kids – the road may be difficult.

You may feel exhausted. You may feel extremely lonely in your marriage. Your marriage may be struggling. You may feel like you can’t do it. You may feel like you will never love your husband the way you did before you had kids. You may be annoyed. You may be irritated. You may not have the energy to work on making things better.

Let me tell you something else. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

There are other couples struggling through the same things. Many of them may not be talking about it, but believe me, there are plenty of people in similar situations.

Photo by Mother Letters

But don’t give up! It does get easier. The kids will get more independent. They won’t need your constant attention. It will get better.

I am in a place now where I am past feeling like this. I chose to make changes in my marriage, and I was forced to make others. But the one thing I know is that being a Mom is tough. There are days when it is hard to go on. But, you can do it.

Your kids need you to be alive, and be present, and help them understand that they matter. And, they need to see that you have your own life as well. That they are not your entire world. They need to see you being the you that God created you to be.

Have you ever felt any of these feelings? What advice would you give Moms currently feeling like this?

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LifeChangers – Making a Difference

LifeChangers

It’s a series about people just like you and me, who decided to do something different.

They decided to change their life, or the lives of others around them.

They are inspiring.

They are making an impact right where they are.

They are passionate.

They are full of life.

There are so many charitable organizations that are doing great, impactful work. I had always heard about the ones who sponsor children internationally, but also wondered how much of the money actually went to the children in need.

Then, almost three years ago, my Pastor went to Uganda with Compassion International. His tour guide was Peter Habyarimana, who was a sponsored child and now works for Compassion. The stories and pictures that he shared were so amazing. He left there changed, and moved to make a difference.

Photo by Scott Hodge

Not long after that, he invited Peter to come speak to our church, and to bring 250 child sponsorship packets with him. Compassion does a great job of preparing the sponsorship packets with pictures and information about each child and the country they live in. When he requested 250 packets for a church our size (around 700-800 then), Compassion was surprised. Based on their previous experiences, they did not want the staff to be disappointed when the children were not sponsored. My Pastor’s response was, “You don’t know the people of The Orchard.” After all, we had all seen these pictures and heard his stories.

Photo by Scott Hodge

The great thing about Compassion is that they work on the ground in the countries where children are sponsored. They develop centers where the kids come to school and learn about God’s love. They help provide for the child and support them. And this is all for only $38/month in sponsorship. You can make an incredible difference in the life of a child for the cost of what some people spend on Starbucks in a week!

When we came to church that weekend, the staff had arranged the sponsorship packets very creatively. Before many of us had even listened to a message from Peter explaining the sponsorship program, we had picked a child to sponsor.

Photo by The Orchard Community

We chose our child, Peter, because he is only a few months younger than my oldest son. He lives in Uganda with his Mom and younger sister. We exchange letters regularly, and are always thrilled to receive his notes and pictures.

In addition to the monthly sponsorship, you are also able to send money for birthdays and Christmas. You are also able to give a family donation each year up to a certain dollar amount. One of the most humbling experiences for us (and our kids), is seeing the pictures of what Peter buys with the money we send. Typically, it is a chicken, hen, eggs, milk, rice, a bottle of soda, and maybe one outfit and shoes. One of the times, he got a ball. My kids are always blown away by this. For the cost of what I would typically spend for one of my kids birthday gifts, Peter is choosing things to help his family survive.

Peter’s most recent picture

Not only is Compassion doing an amazing job for these kids and their families, but they are also allowing us to join in and make a difference. It may not seem like much, but it’s everything to that child and his family.

This LifeChanger post is in honor of Compassion and my Orchard family. Collectively, we sponsored over 220 children throughout the countries of Uganda, Thailand and El Salvador. We have been supporting them for well over 2 years now.That is amazing! That is LifeChanging!

To learn more about Compassion International, and child sponsorship, please visit their website. There are kids waiting for sponsorship right now.

How has sponsoring a Compassion child impacted you?

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You 2.0

We just completed an awesome series at our church called You 2.0. It was a series about redefining success and resurrecting your dreams. It was about choosing significance over safety, contribution over comfort, and embracing the path of uncertainty, mystery, and risk. It was about saying: Enough of ordinary. Average is overrated. Your life matters.

(For more details from this series, check out The Orchard Community’s Facebook page. There’s a great video by my Pastor about the series posted on April 11th.)

I have been learning to try to live this way over the last few years. I am continually understanding that there are things I can be doing to live a better story. I don’t have to live a numb, dull life. You can read how I started on this journey here.

I was extremely honored when my Pastor invited Rick and I to be a part of a group of people to share their stories during church last weekend. I talked about my blog, how your voice matters, and how I am learning to make a difference right where I am. Rick talked about starting mountain bike racing at the age of 43, and how he has taken significant steps forward in his faith over the last year. You can read more about his journey here. I have to tell you that it was pretty awesome. If you would have told me a year or two ago that Rick would be willing to get up in front of our entire church, for three services, and share his story, I would have said you were crazy! I am so proud of him.

I love Scott’s expression. I wish I knew what Rick had said during this picture!

We were honored to also share the stage with our friends, Toney and Laura Burton, Joy Thomas, and Tom Reber. They have amazing stories and each one of them inspires me.

Toney & Laura, Scott, Rick & I, Joy, and Tom

We heard so many great comments from people who were inspired by our stories. It is always nice to be able to help people see normal, real people who are taking steps forward. We certainly don’t have it all figured out, but we are all trying to live You 2.0.  A friend summarized our messages with this great status update on Facebook.

 No more waiting for “what if” moments… Time to let go of the brakes, accept who I’ve been created to be, believe my voice matters, take risks and live MOTOR!

We had a great weekend, and I felt good about being able to share our story.

We had some great laughs!

So imagine my surprise on Tuesday, when I had one of the worst days I’ve had in a long time. I am naturally pretty laid back and really don’t get worked up too often. But Tuesday was just one of those days. It stunk! I was extremely irritated and frustrated at work, and the day just continued on that same path. I don’t have days like this often, so it always catches me off guard.

I started doubting all of the things that I had just talked about over the weekend. The voices in my head were loud. And they weren’t nice. They were saying:  maybe I can’t really make a difference. What good can I do? Who am I to try to do this? Why can’t I figure out what my big dream is? Maybe I am not cut out for this.

That’s when I realized that fear, which is one of the things we talked about over the weekend, was showing up in full force. Fear was causing me to doubt myself. Fear was trying to isolate me. And as my Pastor always says, “Sometimes the things we fear the most are exactly the things that God wants to use.”

So, I am continuing to learn that living a unique life requires you to think differently. It requires you to constantly check where your attitude is. It requires you to understand that some days are going to be rough. It requires you to give yourself some slack. And to surround yourself with people who can help encourage you to keep living a better life.

Are you working on a dream? How do you silence those doubting voices?

Photos courtesy of The Orchard Community

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Get Noticed – A guest post

I am excited to have my fellow Platform Launch Team friend, Heidi Kreider, guest posting today. Heidi is a Wife, Mom, and Author. You can follow her blog here or follow her on Twitter here. I am also honored to be hanging out on her blog today. I’d love to have you jump over there to say hi and check it out.

Do you have something to sell and you don’t know how to market it?  Or… do you just have something to say and you don’t know how to get the word out?  Are you tired of spinning your wheels and feeling like you are going nowhere?  Or, have you exhausted all of your available options and you feel as though you are up against a brick wall?

I had been there, done that and had just about given up when I read this… Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt.

Systematically, in an easy to understand and follow format, Michael Hyatt comes along side the struggling entrepreneur, writer, artist, blogger, or leader and guides them through the process of building a platform on which to stand, rather than trying to market their product or idea.

In Michael’s own words… “I have good news. Marketing is dead. Okay, maybe I am overstating my case. Marketing may not be dead, but, in the world of social media, it has morphed. Dramatically.  It is the new marketing. Marketing is no longer about shouting in a crowded marketplace; it is about participating in a dialogue with fellow travelers. Marketing is no longer about generating transactions; it is about building relationships. Marketing is no longer about exploiting a market for  your own benefit; it is about serving those who share your passion— for your mutual benefit.”

Written in the style of building an actual platform plank-by-plank, Michael Hyatt offers his expertise from years in the publishing world as CEO and now chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  Starting from the ground up, Michael built his own platform as a much sought after speaker and writer.  In his newly released book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, Hyatt shares his wisdom, insight and even the mistakes he made along the way.

This is a must-have book for anyone with something to say or something to sell.  Available through all major retailers, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World goes on sale this week.  Buy it this week, and Michael Hyatt is throwing in a few extras… get 7 free bonuses worth $375.98.

Stop spinning your wheels pursing traditional marketing strategies that no longer work in our rapidly changing world and pick up a copy of Michael Hyatt’s wisdom.  You can’t go wrong.

***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thanks for a great post, Heidi! It has been fun getting to know you, and realize that we have a connection through mutual friends.

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Step up on your platform

Michael Hyatt is an inspiration. If you’re not familiar with him, he writes about intentional leadership on his blog,  which has hundreds of thousands of followers. He knows what it takes to share his message, and build a tribe of followers.

That’s why I was excited to read his new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. If there is anyone who can effectively teach us about getting our message heard, it is Michael Hyatt. He has done it well, and is graciously offering his insight in his new book.

“For the last five years, if I ever had a question about platform building, social media or standing out amidst the clutter, I turned to one place-Michael Hyatt. As an author who turned a blog into a book and made countless mistakes along the way, I couldn’t get my hands on Platform fast enough. Michael Hyatt has written THE handbook to one of the biggest cultural revolutions in the last fifty years.”
-JON ACUFF, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Quitter

The great thing about this book is that it is not just for writers or bloggers. Artists, musicians, creatives, business owners, and anyone with a message to share, can gain critical, behind the scenes advice. Similar books may give you the motivation and inspiration to try something new. However, they rarely give you the practical steps and every possible resource to make it happen.

If you’re like me, you may have mixed feelings about the word platform. It has been used poorly by some people, and it can also seem somewhat self-centered. Michael had some great advice to help us understand the benefits.

1. A platform provides visibility – it makes it possible for everyone in the audience to see you.

2. A platform provides amplification – It enables you to be heard above the roar of the crowd.

3. A platform provides connection – Social media now creates engagement and intimacy that has never been possible before.

When I read this book, I felt like I was given an insider view to Michael’s success. He seemed like a friend sitting down and giving me every incredible resource to help me move forward. In fact, there is so much information in the book that you will most likely keep this as a reference manual to refer back to again and again. I am reading through the book for the second time, and  I will continue to come back to it after I have completed the previous steps.

Not only is Michael sharing his incredible insights, but for THIS WEEK ONLY, he is also giving you over $375.98 in bonus gifts! Who can say no to that? The book itself is worth ten times its price. This is an incredible deal.

Make sure that you purchase the book before midnight on May 25th in order to get the bonus gifts. I promise it will be worth it!

“Michael Hyatt has given much of his professional career to helping others achieve their potential. And he helps others by pioneering a way and then teaching people his way. In Platform, he’s accumulated the best of his counsel and advice. If you’d like to expand your influence, read Platform and then read it again.”
DONALD MILLER, New York Times Best-selling Author of Blue Like Jazz

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