“Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy is being released March 1. The subtitle is “A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.”
Yawn. Another book on planning my life? As a Baby Boomer my life has been planned. I’m ready to march through my sixth decade. What good will this book do a well-traveled Boomer?
Just a minute. Keep reading. If you are a Baby Boomer and about to enter into a new life chapter, you must read this book.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is only for young people beginning the journey.
I read the book as a 62 year old guy who recently transitioned into an encore career. The amount of content which applied to my life amazed me.
The book forms naturally around three parts: Understand Your Need, Create Your Plan, and Make it Happen. Simple. Practical. Workable.
Chapter 4: “Design Your Legacy” is just one of the chapters which spoke to me.
When you start thinking about retirement you start thinking about legacy. The older I become, the less I think about money, and the more I think about legacy. I wonder how people will remember me? I’m aware that someday, to paraphrase Tony Campolo, they will dump my body in a hole, throw dirt in my face, and go back to the church and eat potato salad. And on that day people will talk about me. What will they say? If there are tears, will they be tears of joy or tears of bitter disappointment?
As this chapter points out, “Truth is, everyone is in the process of creating–and leaving–a legacy. The question is not ‘Will you leave a legacy?’ but What kind of legacy will you leave?'” (p. 61)
At this point in the journey of life it’s a critical question. I’m going to make a bold statement which is not made lightly.
If you read only one thing to improve your life this year buy the book and read Chapter 4.
The hallmark of this book is the ringing notes of a clear and practical melody echoing from each paragraph to change your life. I’ve spent a lot of money on self-improvement books that are either filled with too much theory or too much non transformational fluff. “Living Forward” is a very practical book. But the practics are not fluff; instead, the content promises a life transformation. After reading the book I’m convinced the reader will indeed have a changed life.
Many self-improvement books rehash old material. How many times have you read a book hoping to learn a new technique for life change but encounter the same old thing? Don’t misunderstand. In this book there are many tried and true principles which have been around for a while. But this book takes those principles and links them with fresh ideas which energizes stale old truths into life changing action.
Within the next 60 days I am ramping up a program to coach Baby Boomers who face transitioning out of an established career into an encore career. This book will be a required read for all I counsel.
If you are a Baby boomer in transition stop every right now and preorder Living Forward. Just click on the link below to read more about the book and order from Amazon.