For a long time, I searched for certain kind of expert, what I call a Perennial Optimist. These positive individuals are a rare breed. Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale were the two most famous such examples from the 20th century. I was fortune enough to find just such a person a few years ago: Phil Gerbyshak. Phil is a motivational speaker and renown blogger who has a worthwhile and wonderful worldview. I shared my lunchtime with Phil on over 150 different occasions between 2003 and 2005 and each meal was an enjoyable experience where I always learned something interesting and useful.
Earlier this month, Phil published his first book, 10 Ways to Make It Great!, which is an incredibly powerful statement of the same philosophy that he discussed with me at our weekly power lunch. I had seen an early draft of this book some months ago; however, I just read the final version last night and I could not put it down. He has distilled both ancient and modern ideas into a concise volume that demonstrates the best ways to engage in a positive, purposeful life in ten easy lessons:
1. Begin at the End and Work Toward Today
2. Learn About Yourself as Much as Possible
3. Use the 80/20 Rule As A Key to Your Success
4. Never Stop Learning!
5. Surround Yourself With Those Who Can Help You
6. Feed Your Friendlies
7. Dream Big Dreams, Do Big Things!
8. Work Hard Now...Or Work Hard Forever!
9. Recharge Your Batteries
10. Finish What You Started...and Just Get Started!
You can get a copy of his book for about the cost of single lunch; however, the value it will add to your life can not be easily measured. I highly recommend including a copy of 10 Ways to Make It Great! in your own personal library. Stop having a ‘nice day’ and instead choose to MAKE IT GREAT!