Get inspired to step out of your box and into a world full of potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised – the message is clear. There is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem. Selected from amongst over 100 interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own path, including Ruthie Davis – top U.S. luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award – and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals chose to deal with life’s challenges and how they define success in their careers.
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“How do you define success? There is no secret. Just do and be brave.” Often we equate personal success with money, fame and personal possessions. The biographies of the men and women in this book prove otherwise.
I read with interest the different journeys each one took to achieve their personal goals. What was the catalyst or spark that inspired each individual? For some, like Ruthie Davis it possibly began with her first pair of red patent leather Mary Janes. Ruthie later became an acclaimed shoe designer. For Geir Ness, the time spent outdoors hiking in the mountains led him to create his parfume “Laila”, a scent reminiscent of wildflowers. Shane Koyczan was bullied as a child. His love of reading and film later on inspired him to write poetry.
Every one of these talented individuals had their own personal struggle to contend with, lack of money, no backers, the loss their company as well as the death of someone they loved. However, sheer determination, gutsiness, mistakes and hard work soon put them at the top of their respective fields. What is common, though, to almost all of these entrepreneurs, is the open-heartedness and generosity they extended toward those less fortunate. Their dedication to helping others proved to be the greatest sign of their success.
As I read through this book I found myself researching each person on the internet as I needed to put a face to the name. I had never heard of any of these people and am glad to have read Marilyn Wilson’s book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to pursue their passion or become an entrepreneur.
Marilyn summed up the purpose of her book as follows: “By choosing to embrace your mission, and let it lead you where it may, life becomes a daring and, dare I say, an exciting adventure!”