Writing your life story can be a rewarding and effective way to inspire other people, either by providing an uplifting perspective about dealing with hardships and challenges in life or by demonstrating how to take action to create a positive difference in the world. Two recent books from my fraternity of clients, colleagues, and friends stand as excellent examples.
10 and 90: The Tackle That Changed Everything by Logan Seelye tells the story of a high school football star, with dreams of playing in the NFL, whose athletic future was wiped out by the tackle that left him with a spinal cord injury. But Logan Seelye did not stay down for long. With the love and support of his girlfriend, family, teammates, coach, and community, he stood up to the challenge of living with a debilitating injury and rebuilt his life with passion, commitment, and success. The philosophy that guides him is that life is only 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent what you do with it. His message is sending ripples through everyone he meets or speaks to.
Education: The Great Equalizer by George B. Thomas, Sr. chronicles the many achievements of a man who grew up in a family of sharecroppers in rural South Carolina. After serving as a teacher, principal, administrator, and college president, Dr. Thomas finds a new mission: launching and growing a Saturday School program to boost the academic progress and inspire needy public school students in Montgomery County, Maryland. His program serves as a model for any group of educators or parents who want to do something more, and something positive, for the school children in their midst.
Do you have a book that can inspire others? Maybe it’s time to get going on that project right now!
– Kevin Quirk, ghostwriter of memoirs and autobiographies and author of Your Life Is a Book – And It’s Time to Write It!