I have a small list of WOWs. They are the big things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. The list includes:
- Setting a state record
- Competing in college athletics
- Starting a business
- Writing a book
- Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail
- Donating a million dollars
- Becoming the World’s Oldest Person
Other than skydiving, which simply requires a plane, a parachute, gravity, and the ability to disconnect your survival instincts, these accomplishments take a tremendous amount of accumulated effort. Which is why I am always so impressed when I hear that someone else has achieved one of my WOWs.
As a state record holder (NH: discus), entrepreneur (The Weaponry), and former college athlete (University of Wisconsin Track & Field), I am serious about accomplishing these WOWs. They push me, pull me, and give me direction.
Today, I am excited to share that I am nearing the completion of my first book. And, no, it doesn’t involve crayons.
I find the best way for me to accomplish my WOWs is through less talk and more action. So I haven’t talked to many people about my book, until now.
The title of the book is What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say?
It includes 80 important life lessons that the world is trying to share with you. If you have read my blog, it is written in the same style, with a focus on personal growth and self-improvement. The book is written to help people learn, laugh, and lift. But if all you do is laugh, even if it is at me, I will consider it a win.
I finished my first draft on May 25, 2020. Which w on my birthday, during the Covid lockdown. I finished the second draft before midnight last New Year’s Eve. Now the goal is to have the book published by Thanksgiving. (Notice how I tie major milestones to major days? It’s one of my thangs.)
Over the next couple of months, I will share more about the process of writing and launching the book so that you can learn from both my experience and my mistakes. Thank you for joining me on my latest life adventure!
You get one lifetime to accomplish all of your WOWs. Know what yours are. Let them guide you. Then enjoy the work, the progress and the sense of accomplishment as you check them off your list.
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