F.O.C.U.S. Fitness : How to Find Optimal Clarity Under Stress

 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BN5FNFTK/

Have you ever been in the midst of unforeseen challenges?

Have you struggled to thrive while enduring tremendous amounts of stress?

Have you survived a traumatic situation and need to develop the resilience to move forward?

If you have answered “YES,” F.O.C.U.S. Fitness: How To Find Optimal Clarity Under Stress will help you keep perfect mental clarity even in the middle of life’s greatest “storms!”

Whether you’re on the threshold of being burnt out, enduring incomprehensible trauma, or continuously operating in highly stressful situations, it can feel impossible to keep your mind clear. And yet, that’s when you need it most, both for your sake and for the sake of others.

That’s what Dawn N. Cleveland, Founder of Loyalty’s A.L.I.V.E. Family Foundation (L.A.F.F.) and Mindset Coach, discovered when the worst tragedy for a mother hit her; the tragic and unexpected loss of her only daughter. F.O.C.U.S. Fitness: “How To Find Optimal Clarity Under Stress” is an interactive book that will teach you the strategies and processes needed to shift your mindset into a place where you can find hope in the midst of hopelessness, moments of joy in the midst of pain, and deal with the worst of challenges.

You will achieve perfect mental clarity using seven F.O.C.U.S. Fitness Exercises that are split into three main topics:

● Clarity Warm-ups
● High Level Brain Exercise In Action
● Cool Down With Every Breath

As a result of these exercises, you will be equipped to overcome major challenges in your life, whether they’re a personal tragedy or business obstacle. You will find the resilience and the mindfulness you need to preserve your mental health no matter what may come. By implementing the keys in this book, you will unlock your ability to be more focused while being able to recognize, understand, and organize your thoughts.

Transform your mind, experience joy and peace wherever you go, and help change this world for the better! Your journey begins now.

The Poet's Path (Author Interview)

  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BM37XB39/

The Poets Path: Journey to Ireland looks like a great book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Thank you for saying so. The book is an exploration of Ireland and looking at various aspects of life there. I have used the art of poetry to tell of Ireland’s history, it’s myths and legends as well as taking a look at Irelands landscapes, which it is famous for of course. Ireland has a long and rich history that many do not know about and also the legends from the Celtic era are breath taking stories. There are far too many to include them all in the book so I picked some of my favorites and while thinking about what the audience could engage with so that they become immersed in the stories. I like to say that the book contains simple poetry from a simple man and that all can take something from reading it.

 

Where can people buy it from?

It is for sale at present on Amazon.com but is also available from all major online book retailers. I am currently working on it to get the book into stores, so that is something I remain hopeful for.

It is available in paperback, hardcover and on all devices.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Not at present as I want to work on more a novel, while the poetry I want for my next collection will be a little more introspective. This book stemmed from ‘The Irish Series’ that I released on my Instagram page @the.poets.path. I got great feedback from all corners of the world, which made me want to compile this collection. While there are over 80 poems in the book, 40 of them are previously unseen/unpublished.

 

What inspired you when writing The Poets Path?

I love Irish lore and history and I feel in modern society a lot of that can become lost. There is such a rich and deep history to Ireland and its legends are fantastical. So along with the tales and history I had already known about, I researched as much as I could and compiled a collection, which as I stated previously had been posted on my Instagram page.

 

How did you come up with the title to your book?

The full title is The Poet’s Path: Journey to Ireland so I wanted to incorporate my Instagram handle into it as many would only know me as thepoetspath rather than Christopher. Of course, I had to include Ireland on it but I choose Journey to Ireland as a link to my Insta handle. In which the reader can journey down the poet’s path to Ireland, something I incorporated into the cover artwork.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

I would hope it would give them a taste of Ireland and all it has to offer. Try and get rid of the stereotypical view that many have of my country. Ireland has had many immigrants leave our shores and I would like to think that their descendants may read it and it would bring them back to their ancestral home.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I enjoyed all of it to be honest. If I had to choose though it would be researching and finding out just how rich and beautiful Irish myths and legends are. While we would have grown up with many of the stories, I have learned that there is far more to learn which gives me solace but also a little sad that many in this country do not know the extent of our lore. Hopefully this book may peak someone’s interest, if it does so for just one person then I would be happy.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Poets Path?

When writing about Irelands fight for independence from Britain, I had to remain vigilant in how I went about it. Things such as the language I used, how I portrayed each side and such, meant that I had to be considerate of those who were directly, and still are, affected by it. It is sometimes easy to forget that Irelands independence only began 100 years or so ago and many lost their lives in that fight.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Walking is something I do enjoy, whether in a forest listening to the wind rustle the trees or along mountain paths and see Irelands rugged side. I find I am at peace most often in these places. I need to do more of it as I find it hard to manage my time because I am also in college studying psychotherapy, while working full-time in a homeless shelter. Life can become very busy and I try to put words on paper and call it poetry in between.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Social media is where people can find me and connect with easiest and I am active every day and answer all of my DM’s. My Instagram is @the.poets.path and Twitter is @CPowerAuthor.

I am also starting a mailing list for a new monthly newsletter which will include exclusive news, photos, unseen poetry and a way of connecting deeper in an almost VIP aspect.

I also have a profile on Goodreads, where folk can come and ask questions and keep up to date with what I am up to, although my mail list will know first.

Anyone interested in joining my VIP mailing list can email directly @christopherpowerauthor@gmail.com  or  DM me on my socials.

 

 

 

 

Growing Pains : Australia 1914-1949

  



https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0BMZK9QXV

The early 20th century played host to the death of empires, the rise of dictators and our acceleration towards the modern world we know today. However. What is often forgotten is the human stories. What it must have been like to go through these changes. These four connected stories of Jack, DeGroot, Tatsuo and Rosie will enlighten and surprise you. Shining a light on Australia’s changing attitudes towards national identity, politics, racism, gender roles and alliances.

Patient Empowerment 101 (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BN2GZJNL/

Patient Empowerment 101 looks like a fantastic guide.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Absolutely. Patient Empowerment 101 is not just a book, it’s an adventure! I purposely wrote the book in a conversation tone, interjecting humor here and there, to make readers feel like they were just talking to a friend who happens to be a physician. In the book, I give a wealth of practical, actionable tips to help people partner in their healthcare while they lower their healthcare costs. Readers learn how to communicate with physicians on an unprecedented level. When they develop common symptoms, such as abdominal pain or a respiratory infection, they can reach for the book to learn the common questions doctors ask for these symptoms.

I teach them how to prepare for each doctor’s visit in advance. In addition, they are taught essential information about the various types of health insurance. One of the most significant parts of the book is that it teaches how to create a personal copy of health records. It goes into detail about how to optimize your safety whenever hospitalized. Technology in healthcare and patient advocacy round up the book. It ends with 3 appendices; common medical tests and terms doctors use to discuss results, a glossary of common medical terms (with a pronunciation key), and a list of common medical abbreviations. Last, but certainly not least, readers are given access to a website created just for them. They can download fillable charts, take self-assessment quizzes, and watch quick empowerment videos featuring life-life characters.

 

How long did it take you to write Patient Empowerment 101?

I actually wrote and published part of the book over 20 years, ago. But, at that time people were not very interested in empowering themselves. Doctors basically told them what to do and they usually didn’t question it. They either followed the instructions or they didn’t. Now, people have become far more interested in being true partners in their healthcare. So, I updated some sections and add new information over the course of several months.

 

What inspired the idea for your book?

I knew that when given the right tools, patients could play an enormous role in their own health care. We go to medical school, but patients don’t have a patient school. They just need to be taught basic concepts we use day in and day out, but there was no clear way for them to obtain this information. I have seen an enormous amount of suffering and untold wasted healthcare dollars due to lack of simple information. I just wanted to help people understand how vital their role in their own care could and should be.

 

How did you come up with the title to your book?

The goal is to empower everyday people with invaluable tools to help them play a more active role in their healthcare. In undergraduate school, the courses ending in 101 were the foundation for a given subject. Such is the case with Patient Empowerment 101; it lays a vital foundation for people who want to take their rightful place, at the center of their own health care team.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

The book gives easy to follow steps to partner with your doctor to get the most out of every medical encounter, whether in a doctor’s office or a hospital. Readers also learn the 8 key elements many doctors want to know whenever a patient develops a new and concerning symptom. Their reimbursement from the insurance company is tied to these elements as well.

I also teach people how to create and maintain a copy of personal health records. As noted, I created a sister website with pages where readers can go to download charts to go into a 3-ring binder which serves as their personal copy of health records. The charts are in Word format, so once downloaded, users can fill them in directly on their computer, save, and print them.   

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I think the most fun part was creating scenarios to illustrate to patients how the way they think is often very different from the way doctors think. These parts are fun to read yet filled with powerful insights.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Patient Empowerment 101?

            I suspect the most challenging part was picking out the most important information that will have the biggest impact on people’s lives. There are so many challenges patients face, including those they are oblivious to. Picking out the topics that could be most beneficial, among a long list of potential topics took time.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am a board-certified internist with over 30 years of direct patient care experience. I actually started writing patient empowerment literature when I was in my 3rd of year of medical school. I saw so much unnecessary pain and suffering I just had to do something as soon as possible. I couldn’t wait until I had MD behind my name to start empowering people to live healthier, often longer lives. There is so much the average person does not know about how to improve his health. I wanted to jump in immediately and help people improve their lives.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook formats. The Patient Empowerment 101 Companion Book should be out by the end of December 2022.

 

 

 

 

When Cherry Blossoms Bloom (Author Interview)

  



https://a.co/d/9pVDBm9

When Cherry Blossoms Bloom looks like a great guide.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Thanks. I wrote this book for people dealing with a life-limiting or terminal illness. There are many books written for survivors of loss but not many for the person actually living through the illness.

Oftentimes, we focus on the diagnosis and forget about the person suffering from the illness. We don’t realize that they are grieving too. They too experience the grief stages during the course of the illness. Shock and denial at the diagnosis. There is a feeling of fear and anger at what the illness could potentially do to them. They grieve every time they lose a body function or ability. They have bouts of depression and even thoughts of suicide depending on the disease until they get to the point of acceptance… hopefully. Once that happens, they decide to make the most of their lives regardless of the outcome.

Also, I wanted them to know it’s ok to speak up and get the support they need. They don’t have to focus solely on their families. Because this can add stress to their lives and negatively impact their health. I also have a section called “Notes to Family." This was written to encourage family and friends to focus more on their loved ones while they are still with them.


How long did it take you to write When Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

I started writing this book in 2016. I had to really think about what I wanted to share and how to share it.


What inspired you when writing When Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

I’ve always worked with people through volunteering in a hospital, hospice, or working in pastoral care. It was rewarding to volunteer but also heartbreaking when I saw someone's fear and sadness. Hospice was an experience that showed me just how vulnerable people are when dealing with an illness. This was because of the lack of support and understanding families had in caring for them. It wasn’t that some families didn’t care, they were either consumed by their grief or absent altogether.

However, through my own experience with my father’s cancer, and seeing how he was more concerned about my sister and me than himself, I knew that shouldn’t be the case. So, I checked my feelings when talking to him. My moments of sadness could wait until I was by myself and I had friends I could lean on. His illness taught me so much and I’m thankful that he is still with us.

Also, from my own experience in dealing with my health challenges. No terminal illness, but I did experience some changes and changes that permanently altered my life. This is what gave me another level of understanding. It was easy for me to act like everything was ok even when it wasn’t. In my view, it is a coping mechanism that adds more stress and pressure while taking away support that is much needed.


How did you come up with the title for your book?

In Japan, cherry blossoms represent spring and renewal but they also are symbolic of the shortness of life and mortality. The cherry blossom season is very short. Two weeks from first bloom to falling off the tree. The flowers are in bloom for just 3 or 4 days before the petals begin to fall. It amazes me how all of Japan comes out to appreciate this tree and to celebrate its beauty, no matter how brief. I realized this was a fitting title for my book, as well as an example of life in general.


What will readers get out of your book?

It is important for a person with an illness to understand that it is okay to get the support they need without feeling selfish. Those around them will also benefit from communication, as it will enable them to be supported more effectively. To give family members and friends a better understanding of the emotions and grief their loved one may experience and treasure the time they have together.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing When Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

Yes, the skits. I wanted to give readers not only a visual picture but also one that engaged their emotions. Also, I wanted it to be an easy read for those who may not have the stamina to read for long periods of time. This is why the chapters are short. They were written with the person dealing with an illness in mind.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy creating crafts and drawing.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can go to my website.    

https://valarielovelight.com/

 

 

 

I Cook For Santa Claus (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMQ63W4M

I Cook For Santa Claus looks like a great cook book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Santa Claus is special to all of us because we all have individual relationships with him, and he fulfills all our wishes in different ways. So making him feel special should not be on a general note but on a personal one. You should prepare something special to make him feel good, just as he made you feel during the year. What better way to make Santa Claus feel special than to fill his tummy with a good tasty meal? This way, we should not just try to fill his tummy with any meal. We should try to make something special for the different wishes we have for him.

We have to make different tasty meals for Santa Claus. First, we will look at some snacks that will prepare Santa Claus for the main tasty meal. Then, we will try some new recipes to impress him. They are easy to cook and also taste delicious.

Making a meal for Santa Claus would require us to make something special and different from the regular meals we make during the year; it's a special date with Santa Claus and happens only once a year. So we have to make it special with the meal we would prepare for Santa.

In this book, we would discover new, easy, quick, delicious recipes which even the little ones would love and want to prepare.

Here's what you'll find in this book:

  • Lots of recipes to make for Santa Claus before he comes down the chimney, 
  • Cookies, meatballs, pies, tacos, and many other yummy dishes!
  • Fun to no end (and possibly some food splattering in the kitchen-sorry parents),
  • The heartwarming memory of the whole family gathered to cook and eat Christmas dishes together,
  • Quality time to spend in the company of your family and beloved friends,

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes: the series is programmed as : “I cook for … “

The kitchen must be designed from the start for the person who will consume it. How hungry is he? Is he a child or an adult? How much time does he have? What foods is he likely to already know? What foods is he likely not to consume? Is it possible that he follows religious prescriptions about food?

“There is nothing more rewarding than cooking for a purpose; for a person to whom you have decided to dedicate your time and a little effort and give them a gift, even to yourself.”

This is the true philosophy of Anna’s cooking: “I cook for …” means “I give my passion to ….”

 

What inspired the idea for your book?

Since childhood, Anna has had a great passion for cooking and experimenting with new recipes. When she was little, she always enjoyed helping her mother prepare lunch every Sunday; she always traveled a lot. Anna accumulated valuable knowledge and skills. Then she would always attempt to create new fantastic recipes.

The Wine Doctor (Author Interview)

  

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BFT8YW5M/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wine-doctor-jesse-v-mcclain/1142353319?ean=9798987004500

The Wine Doctor looks like a great guide.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Oh, absolutely. For many years now, I have found myself conducting wine tastes or education seminars. Sometimes at home with friends and family, sometimes for local organizations. But when CoVID-19 hit, the world pivoted into a new “norm.” Around the time I was finishing my second wine certification, I also began reading about the Metaverse and became intrigued with the idea of remote learning. I decided to start conducting wine education classes with the Metaverse / Web3 space. To garner some interest, I began working on a blog which subsequently morphed into the book, The Wine Doctor. 

Slowly, chapter by chapter began to take shape and before I knew it, I was half a dozen chapters in and enjoying the process.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Well, it is funny you should ask this, but in fact, I am. A few months ago, I began working on a workbook to help individuals that are studying for the French Wine Scholar examination. Though it is a limited audience, unlike The Wine Doctor, I feel it is very much needed.

When I was completing my year plus long coursework for my French Wine Scholar Certification, I created flashcards and practice exams for me to use along the way. The Wine Scholar’s Guild offers similar practice modalities online, but I am a tangible, hands on, travel with me type of learner and I presume others are the same. After I completed The Wine Doctor, I began turning my flashcards and practice exams into crossword puzzles, word searches as well as match games. The idea is to go chapter by chapter to coincide with the French Wine Scholar program.

 

How long did it take you to write The Wine Doctor?

From start until release it was about 11 months. I started 2022 off with a few goals. One goal being the development of a website and a blog to coincide with my winery venture. The previous fall, I studied about cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens and the metaverse/Web3 space. I was trying to understand how healthcare and education could intertwine with this space. I first thought about conducting physical examination within the metaverse but soon realized the bureaucracy of it all was more of a headache than a Neurology Doctor of Nursing Practice could handle. Instead, I pivoted to wine education and incorporated my winery into an education domain. I started a website and began a blog to draw people into my Metaverse wine instruction courses.

The blog was so successful in gaining new eyes to the site, I decided to pivot, take a few of those blogs and expand the topic, turning each one into its own chapter. After writing 6 chapters, I was well on my way to creating The Wine Doctor.


What inspired the idea for your book?      

As I mentioned earlier, I was looking for a way to adapt the world’s new learning style when I began teaching wine courses within the Metaverse. I started the blog which turned into the book as a method of gaining interest in our coursework.

I divided the book into chapters to help guide a person who is new into wine so they could follow along.

I essentially start the book discussing how I got into the wine industry from healthcare, and it progresses along a learning journey per se until it concludes with a chapter regarding my winemaking methodology.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

Readers should get a glimpse into wine from how to look at wine, taste wine and even order wine at a restaurant. Buying wine can be very daunting but the way I break it down from our wine shopping guide should take much of the anxiety away. Why is it we have no issue shopping or yogurt with the million different options but when we go to buy a bottle of wine we clam up? I try and ease that person’s pain and give them some tips and tools to equip them when enter the store.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

By far and away my favorite part was comparing wine to pizza. It is my favorite topic to discuss when I am conducting a wine taste. In Youngstown Ohio we have a plethora of good pizza shops. If you ask anyone from this area what their favorite pizza is, you may get a variety of answers. I then ask that person why. Why is that pizza place your favorite? They usually have multiple reasons or answers. Why do we have a favorite pizza? Are they not all the same? Absolutely not! Each one is different in its own way. The sauce? The cheese? The dough?

Why do we generalize wine? Is Cabernet all the same? Is Merlot all the same?

In The Wine Doctor, I discuss how to taste wine like we taste pizza, so we learn what we like and what we do not like.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Wine Doctor?

The most challenging part for me was time. I wanted to put together the most comprehensive book I could but with a busy neurology practice and two young children and beautiful wife at home, I was short on time. Most days I get up at 4 am to get some things accomplished. I also tend to get to bed later and work on my computer at night to write.

This is truly why it took me so long to complete.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I began working in Neurology in 2006 and as I drove home from work one day, I came across a fruit stand selling grapes for winemaking. Now, pre-internet savvy days, I studied and researched the best I could to learn how to make wine. Well, it was awful, so I enrolled in the Cleveland Wine School which became the American Wine School and perfected my craft. Well, at least worked on my craft.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Please check out our website  vannysvineyards.com 

Check out our paperback/hardcover almost anywhere books are sold

eBook via Amazon

audiobook via Audible and iTunes

 

From Bleak to Beautiful (Author Interview)

   


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8FTTN41/

From Bleak to Beautiful looks like an exciting interior design guide.  Can you tell us a little about it?

From Bleak to Beautiful was designed as a step-by-step guide to take someone with little or no understanding of interior design, and give them the fundamentals to overhaul their interior.  This book captures the process my husband and I took to create a place we love to live in and have our family and friends visit.  We just revised the book to make it more aesthetically pleasing and included over 50 additional pictures based off the feedback we received from our reviewers.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

We have thought of developing a follow-up book that goes more in depth on the different aspects of interior design.  We also would like to create an interior design book that features an interior designer from each state, specifically with a more small-town vibe, to get them some more publicity and show that even though they aren’t from a big city they can create some amazing spaces.

 

What inspired the idea for your book?

This book came out of my husband and I moving multiple times, with the military, and always feeling like our interior was an afterthought.  We wanted to institute fundamental changes in the function and design of our home and through years of trial and error, and research, we came up with a solid process to transform our home into our sanctuary.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

The ability to look at a space and identify key components that will help them decide on furniture, lighting, and other decorating elements to tie the space together and become a place they love to live in.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

I loved the chapters where the mood of your room, including how colors affect this, and also the chapter that discusses the different styles.  It’s the most visual part and I really enjoy capturing these different aspects in word and through pictures.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing From Bleak to Beautiful?

The most challenging part was taking everything that we learned over the past nine years and putting into words.  In my head everything makes sense but writing it out was more difficult than I imagined.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was in the U.S. Army for five years and got out when we had our first son.  I then transitioned to being a full-time mom and student.  I did this for the past eight years and started dabbling in interior design as a hobby.  I am now a certified real estate agent in Texas and want to use my experience in interior design to help other new homeowners create their perfect home.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

We have our book “From Bleak to Beautiful” on Amazon offered in E-Book, Paperback and Hardcover in both B&W and color, and audiobook on audible.com.  We also manage a Facebook group of over 450k members called “Interior Design for Beginners” and lastly have our website that we are going to start adding more content to at bleaktobeautiful.com and there they can subscribe to our email list for future updates.


The Delivery Man (Author Interview)

 


https://thedeliveryman.info/

The Delivery Man looks like a great book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

It is a recollection of experiences I had along my career. I didn’t want it to be a memoir but more a tool to help people figure out what they are good at and/or to become good at achieving “reasonable" goals. Technology can be seen as a lot of pattern repetitions, but the hardest part is to figure out the patterns of success in the person. How can you constantly delivery something? What do you do for it to work? For me, it was the muscle memory from the SSOCCADD methodology added on top of common best practices. But all these experiences supporting the overall message from the book are grounded in my personal experience. So, the first person conversational tone was very important so everyone can relate to one part or the other.


How long did it take you to write The Delivery Man?

The idea for the book only came a couple of years ago. Before, I was just putting my thoughts on blogposts or speaking at conferences. It is during one of these conferences that the core idea for the book came. So, for 8 years, some pieces were popping in my mind, but the cohesiveness came together in the past year or so.


What inspired you when writing The Delivery Man?

A convergence of many elements helped me go through the writing. First, I saw a former colleague lose his life because of the rat race that is Silicon Valley. Then, despite what people were telling me about my stellar career, I had the impostor syndrome on the back of my head, so I needed to straight the record for them and for me. Lastly, the book chapters all start with a song reference. This is also how I wrote. Blasting some music aligned with the mood of the chapter. So, some are lifting, others a bit doomy. But music is a great companion to words and was an important source of inspiration.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book?

Few years back, I was attending a Venture Capitalist / Start-ups event with my brother-in-law Noah. As he was introducing me to few people and mentioning what I did, one of them said “Wow, you have delivered some great stuffs”. That’s when the delivery part was ingrained in my brain. And of course, when you are not the big shot visionary, the next best thing is to be their delivery man.


What will readers get out of your book?


Hopefully, they will be able to take away the human experience, the re-calibration of life’s ambitions into an acceptable achievement. The norm in the US is to aim to be #1, to be the next great innovator. Unfortunately, it is not a healthy pursuit for most. I have seen it with people burnt out or depressed going to irreversible extremes. If I can help one person being happy by finding a true self contempt, then the purpose of the book is done.

 

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

This is a tough question. The one that was definitely not fun was the one where I had to talk about negativity and failures. Revisiting unpleasant moments was well…unpleasant. For the rest, it was very interesting to read or listen again to old posts and conferences to extract some materials. It allowed to see the growth of character which happened over time and helped focus on core strengths. I guess that was the delivery man in me pushing forward. The ultimate high was when the book was almost complete and being able to see the overall content lining up nicely. It was a big step from the board covered of  post-it. The selection of the reference songs was also great. It is a small peek into my musical taste.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Delivery Man?

Everyone who writes can relate, the challenge was to put these words on paper. I had been thinking about the book for two years writing a line there, a paragraph over there. There was a point where I had to figure out what was my mood of the day so I could write the content for the chapter the most aligned with it. Talking about being in tune with a self-mental state. The other challenging or humbling part was the editing process. The first couple of rounds were brutal. You think you have written something acceptable, and it comes back with 20 or 30 edits per page. You must recognize it makes the book much better, but it was humbling.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am a first-generation immigrant to the US. When I landed in 1996 as an intern, I had all these big dreams around technology, fantasies about Silicon Valley, etc.

My childhood was spent in the early days of computing. My family doesn’t come from a tech background, so I learnt a lot by trials and errors. It helped me by having a “hacker’s” mindset in approaching technology vs the structured way of an engineering school. My studies were in international business at the Sorbonne University in Paris and economics and math in Tours. So, nothing in tech or engineering but definitely some sciences and numbers interest.

Writing came up much later. My older brother, a teacher, is the literary type. Because of my accent when I moved to the US, I discovered that it was easier for me to clearly express ideas and comments in written vs verbally (I solved the latter issue with public speaking coaching)

In part, I had to live my American Dream. I have achieved more than most of my friends who stayed in Europe. More responsibilities, more money, more everything.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

It is now available in 3 formats on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/39t6688n or you can also visit the book website at www.thedeliveryman.info

 

 

 

 

101 reasons NOT to work out!: 90% of all workouts are mental and the last 10% is all in your head

  



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For many, many years I have spent hour after hour in various gyms around this cold country. And also quite a few in other countries on holidays. But working out hurts and is usually not very fun. There are of course exceptions! But they are few, far in between, and not unusually very expensive.

This is what I came up with between different exercises and thoughts about diets, detox, and other things that you can completely immerse yourself in, without it actually leading to anything lasting.

Because training is basically quite simple, if you want to lose weight, more energy must be released than what you take in through food. It is not more complicated than that.

During my years, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing you need is reasons not to exercise and even then to be able to relax and eat well. Preferably with a conscience that does not gnaw.

In today's health-conscious society, we need all the help we can get to stand up to the health fools. Like on TV and on the internet, on the radio and in advertisements in town, or wherever you turn, standing there with the stylus and giving you both a bad self-image and a guilty conscience.

This is the bible for you who have a lot of friends who are exercise freaks and who are constantly trying to nag you to the gym. With this book in your possession, you are completely bulletproof against anything they can come up with to try to persuade you.

All the excuses you need to avoid exercising are in one place.

Here you go 101 reasons to screw everything up and just have an amazing time!