Episode 25: What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth

October 11, 2018

Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.

In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?

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Episode 24: DS Allen reads from The Headmaster’s Cave (The Adventures of George and Flanagan Book 1)

October 4, 2018

No one goes into The Headmaster’s Cave.

George Stewart is no hero, but when his friend disappears he must confront his deepest fears to rescue Dougie and finally uncover the mystery of The Headmaster’s Cave.
The 100th anniversary of the disappearance of seven children and their Headmaster is approaching. The knowledge that the infamous Headmaster Henry Morris, George’s ancestor, may have been implicated in their disappearance has haunted his family for generations. When George and Dougie receive an unexpected email stating that the mystery has been finally solved, Dougie and Katie try to persuade George to journey with them. But not even the enticement of uncovering the mystery can tempt George to follow the word of a stranger to the dangerous and ‘haunted’ cave. Only when Dougie goes missing, will George and his friend Katie, accompanied with his dog Flanagan, journey to rescue their friend.

On their way, they must not only battle their fears, but overcome the local bullies, nature's deadly obstacles, and Old Maggie and her dog pack. But that’s nothing compared to the terror that awaits them in The Headmaster’s Cave, when the mystery is finally revealed.

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Episode 23: Kathryn Heaney reads from Destiny Fulfilled: Book 3 of the Anandrian Series

September 27, 2018

Lucifer brings magic, dragons, and his gargoyle horde through to terrorize downtown Toronto by taking advantage of a tear in the fabric between the two dimensions of Earth and magical Anandria. His goal? It is time to conquer the universe!

Cousins Raonull and Kathryn, grandchildren of Laura and Vaaron, grow up between Earth and Anandria. They both exhibit exceptional powers in Anandria and lately on Earth, too. When Kathryn has a vision, they don't hesitate to venture to England on a quest to help Laura in her fight against Lucifer. However, no one predicts that they will come back from England with a Druid and fairy in tow.

Can the universe be saved?

And who is the woman Lucifer has enslaved... Or is it the other way around?...

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Episode 22: Mark Perna reads from Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

September 20, 2018

Amazon Best Seller in Human Resources & Personnel Management

Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation

If you've ever struggled to motivate the young people in your sphere of influence, Answering Why is the game-changer you've been looking for. From the urgent skills gap crisis to the proven strategies to inspire our youngest generations, Answering Why addresses the burning questions faced by educators, employers, and parents everywhere.

Author, CEO, and generational expert Mark C. Perna shares his wide experience and profound success as both a single dad and performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. Readers will be empowered to:

- Embrace the branch-creak crisis moments of life
- Make meaningful, productive connections with the Why Generation (anyone under 40 today)
- Bring relevance, self-discovery, and passion to the learning process

The Why Generation is asking a serious question, and it's time to answer it. This book will help awaken the incredible potential of young people everywhere and spur them to increased performance on all fronts, so they can make a bigger difference--which is exactly what they want.

 
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Episode 21: Joshua Rutherford reads from Kinghood (The Fourpointe Chronicles) (Volume 1)

August 30, 2018

From birth, Prince Jameson has been groomed to reign. On the heels of a victory against a barbarian force, he is welcomed home as a savior. His father toasts his impending marriage to the daughter of a key ally. Everything is in place for the young monarch-in-waiting. Yet all is not what it seems in Arcporte Castle. In the shadows, barons speak of usurping their sovereign. Kings doubt their alliances on the eve of signing a treaty. And one royal is much more than the man he claims to be. In the midst of this mystery and intrigue, a throne is challenged. Kin Saliswater, having ruled their island nation of Marland for over two centuries, find their dynasty in tatters. Only by marshaling every resource – and blood relative – available, do they stand a chance to defend their rule and secure a lasting legacy for the next generation to rise as King.

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Episode 20: HV MacArthur reads from Low Man on the Totem Pole: Stop Begging for a Promotion, Start Selling Your Genius

August 23, 2018

Originally, the bottom piece of the totem pole was actually viewed as the most critical structure of the totem pole. They would contract the best artists to carve out what would end up being the foundation of the entire piece. Somewhere along the lines we’ve lost sight of this concept and have begun undervaluing the critical role that each of us plays, regardless of title or hierarchy. We’ve handed over our power to be an “employee” vs. business owner. But the workplace is going through a revolution. We are experiencing more career fluidity than ever before. Organizations are getting flatter and flatter. At the same time, we are coming out of a tradition of extremely high levels of command and control that were great for efficiency when the work place was a simple assembly line structure, but severely limits the productivity of our current complex work environments. You owe it to yourself to take ownership of your work back, regardless if you are a an independent contractor, run your own business, or set up shop under the umbrella of a larger organization; you are a business owner. This book provides a road map where there is none. The tips, insights, and real-world examples are set up to help any individual carve out their own path, regardless if they are currently working in a job to make ends meet, sitting in an executive leadership position trying to carve out a stronger brand and broader influence, or a career “employee” getting ready to reinvent into the next chapter of work successfully.

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Episode 19: Laurie Hollman reads from The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way

August 16, 2018

Are you the busy parent of an anxious child or teen? “Do you wonder why your child or teen seems on edge, unduly nervous, or restless at times—maybe all the time? Are you uncertain if and when you should be worried? Are you so busy that sometimes you dismiss these thoughts but later reconsider them? You may be noticing that you have an anxious child or teen.” (excerpt from Introduction).

Do you know the signs of generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessional compulsive behavior or separation anxiety? In this book, vignettes of this wide range of anxiety states in children and teens are discussed along with how to help these kids master their anxiety the Parental Intelligence Way.  Parenting tips are elaborated in this quick read that offers powerful solutions. 

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Episode 18: Joan Tabb reads from Building Blocks for the New Retirement: An Easy, Interactive 8-Step Guide for a Retirement with Meaning, Purpose and Fun

August 9, 2018

We are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are heading into retirement in droves (about 10,000 a day, in fact). Joan Tabb is on a mission to bring the best of them to this new stage of life -- one she terms as "Revitalment." Her new book, Building Blocks for the New Retirement: An Easy, Interactive 8-Step Guide for a Retirement with Meaning, Purpose and Fun (Great In 8 Coaching, 2018) reinvigorates the retirement paradigm for Baby Boomers age 55+ and shows us how to channel our energy into opportunities for meaning, purpose and fun. She answers the key question: How do you best use your gifts of time, energy and experience? Tabb takes readers from confused and worried to confident and energized. In her interactive "seminar in a book," she walks them step-by-step through eight areas of exploration, prompting readers to examine goals and aspirations around their abilities, relationships, community, legacy and more. Her process hones in on what will bring the most satisfaction through this next stage of life. Along with posing specific questions to answer, Tabb offers stories of real people pursuing new roles and adventures in their retirement.

The author guides readers in: - How to rediscover the essential "you" that you'd love to further develop- How to move from an "outside-in" to an "inside-out" perspective - How to build a full Action Plan with built-in accountability to ensure follow through - How to cultivate a new spirit of exploration and enrichment - What research reveals about happiness and longevity through social interaction and serving others - How "anchor points" in your weekly schedule can provide needed structure - Where retirees are finding meaningful roles that allow them to give back Today, people can embrace their inner gifts and apply them in new areas of their choosing. Building Blocks for the New Retirement helps them chart a course to follow as they travel exciting and unexplored realms.

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Episode 17: Rob Keeley reads from The Sword of the Spirit

July 19, 2018

Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children's author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series. Ellie's investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn't expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie's meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far...The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age - primarily 8-12 - and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

 

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Episode 16: Jalaja Bonheim reads from The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves

July 12, 2018

Circlework is a nurturing and spacious practice that honors the feminine spirit. Developed by Jalaja Bonheim, PhD, it addresses women’s hunger for authenticity and intimacy while also connecting them with their feminine essence. Through a wide range of tools that include not only talking but also movement, touch, and immersion in nature, a space is created that feels equally safe and sacred. Here, women have space to listen deeply, both to their own hearts and souls and to one another. Circlework has also proven its value as an effective peace practice that is being used in the Middle East to unite Jewish and Palestinian women.

Though Jalaja is an award-winning author, none of her previous books reveal the concepts and tools that make Circlework such a magical experience. Until now, the only way to access the secrets of Circlework was to attend her retreats or trainings. Now, for the first time, she explains how ordinary circle gatherings are transformed into true mandalas—fields of sacred presence imbued with love, peace and joy.

The Magic of Circlework includes the stories and voices of many women who are using Circlework to heal their lives and relationships. Inspiring embodiments of feminine power, they have bonded to form a global sisterhood that transcends all national and religious boundaries. Anyone interested in the process of healing and evolution will love their stories of life-altering encounters and awakenings.

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