“Achievement is never completed.” Samuel Bronfman (1889-‐1971)
Your story is a gi,
Everyone should write a book
“Chosen by opportunity, bound by duty.” Stephen Leacock (1869-‐1944)
The opportuniNes that we have been given are an enormous gi, and they need to be acknowledged in a meaningful way and respected for the role they’ve played in our life. Is it not part of our responsibility to cast a light on opportunity, illuminate its poten-‐ Nal and help turn the lessons of today into the aspiraNons and opportuniNes of to-‐ morrow? Is it not up to us to share the ideas and insights, the ups and downs and the hopes and values that have been the building blocks of our opportuniNes?
Witnesses to history
“There was never yet an uninteresNng life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” Mark Twain (1835-‐1910)
Our personal history reﬂects a life and pur-‐ pose that has set, in part, the foundaNon on which the future will be built. Our ac-‐ Nvity, regardless how meager, represents both the imperfecNbility of human nature and the importance of what a life well-‐ lived can be. It is an invaluable resource and if our thoughts and memories are recorded, they will live on in the minds of the future. If not, they will die in the si-‐ lence of the past.
Your story in a book
“What we say will probably be forgo[en, What we do might be remembered, What we write can never be forgo[en.” Chinese Proverb
If you write a book – even a short one – and only one copy is produced and passed on to one other person and they remem-‐ ber one thing and pass it on, then you, the author, have made an important contribu-‐ Non to the next generaNon. If you have learned a thing or two should it not be passed on to the next genera-‐ Non? And the next? And the next?
Why write a book?
“Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligaNon, every possession a duty.” John D. Rockefeller
If we do not “pass the torch” and extend the knowledge and experience we have accumulated, it will never be fully invested in those who follow. That would be a missed opportunity and an unfulﬁlled ob-‐ ligaNon. There are as many reasons to write a book as there are books and for just about everybody there is at least one good rea-‐ son. Or two or three.
“The beliefs and principles we live by, and the lessons learned, are the true lifeline for those who follow.” Anonymous
Family endures. Regardless of what has been accomplished, our family story can only live on if we connect it to history. The love, ideas and events in our lives are the bonds that unite us, the ligatures that Ne together yesterday, today and tomorrow. And yet, if we do not record them they will, over Nme, fade from tomorrow’s stage. Whether looking back to those we owe so much to or looking ahead to those we owe so much to, it is essenNal that we create a connecNon across Nme. Our story is part of a lifeline, a lynchpin in our family history. But only if we write it.
“I am not a teacher, just a fellow traveler who has gone this way before.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-‐1950)
The future depends on what has “gone this way before.” Whatever we have achieved, it has been constructed on the shoulders of those who were here before. Now it is our turn, our responsibility, to provide the architects of the future with the blueprints that we have created. It is important that future generaNons under-‐ stand the path we took, the tools we used, the ideas we tested and the trials we won – and lost. We must make sure that they have at hand the road maps, sign-‐ posts and footnotes needed to foster a fu-‐ ture in which our life’s investment will conNnue to grow and prosper.
“Wri%ng is the mine sha/ to the soul.” Peter Baird
They say there are few things of lasNng value that one can leave behind but surely among them are love, memories and the equity in our name. Of course, love tran-‐ scends but memories fade, unless they are transformed into a story that is kept in the archives of our life, and held in a place that is both close to the heart and close at hand – a book.
There are few reasons not to write a book
“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” Isak Dinesen
Your story, in your words, for those who ma[er most. A lasNng gi, for the hearts and minds of the future.
“The past o,en seems dead because it is presented in a deadly fashion.” Sydney Harris (1917-‐1969)
Meet David Hughes Author and ghostwriter David has authored and ghostwri[en nine books, hundreds of blogs and countless ar-‐ Ncles. He is a Writer’s Digest winner of Award of Merit for FicNon (novel, Sacred Corrup+on) and for Non-‐ﬁcNon Magazine Feature. His books, blogs and arNcles cover a broad landscape, from business books and family memoirs to ﬁcNon and current event blogs (see his website). Talk to David about the possibility – the opportunity – of having him ghostwrite your story. 905-‐885-‐1252 email@example.com www.straightspeak.com
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“‘Once upon a %me' lasts forever.” Philip Pullman
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