Where’s the VALUE 🤷‍♂️

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When I first finished writing The F*IT List, I had over 400 pages of life experiences. Although many of the stories and experiences offered humor and entertainment, I had to ask myself a couple very real and very harsh questions…

Why would anybody would want to read my book?
What value am I offering the reader that will have a positive influence and enhance their life?

When I couldn’t easily answer either question, I knew I needed to make an adjustment to the layout and overall structure.

I then took 2 years reading and analyzing my very own lived life experiences…

What I found were underlying life lessons in every chapter. Not the type of life lessons that you are going to read in an instagram caption under some bullshit, doctored up picture, but real lessons that can only be learned through very real experiences…

At that point, I simply added a paragraph or two about what the experience taught me and how it ultimately affected my life…

The amazing thing was that many of the lessons I was able to draw out were not discovered until I sat back and analyzed the experience several years after it had occurred.

The F*IT List went from being a collection of relatively entertaining stories to genuine and true Life Lessons from a Human Crash Test Dummy that immediately gave something of VALUE to the reader.

Too often in life, we become so consumed with what we are doing that we forget why we are doing it. The entire purpose of the book originally was to give to my kids so they could one day be able to learn from things that I have experienced in my life… good, bad and ugly.

In the preliminary process of documenting the experiences, I failed to uncover the lasting message that accompanied them. Thankfully, with the help of friends and family, the lessons learned were well meditated upon and revealed in their most authentic nature.

Next time we immerse ourselves into a vocation or endeavor, let’s make sure the finished product delivers something of VALUE to anybody and everybody willing to engage…

Including OURSELVES. 👊

-EB