Posts Tagged ‘The Big Book of Small Business’

Follow Your Destiny

December 8, 2008

destiny-iife-painted-on-highwayBy my fortieth birthday, I knew what my life’s work would be—encouraging and inspiring people to live more positive, loving lives. I began teaching a class on affirmations and spiritual principles at Pathways, a health crisis resource center, but my vision beyond that was foggy at best.

Slowly, the fog began lifting. My intuition informed me that I was to write a book based on the content of my class; I immediately began collecting relevant material and filing it away. A few years later, it occurred to me that asking prominent spirituality authors to tell me about a life-changing experience would be a fun way to connect to the writers I admired most; The Edge, a Minneapolis-based spiritual magazine, agreed to print them. And then Tires Plus founder Tom Gegax asked me to write a business book with him.

big-book-of-small-business-coverSoon after starting work on Tom’s book, the sunlight of divine inspiration burned off the lingering fog and all became clear. I was to write a trilogy of books. First would come The Big Book of Small Business. Next would be Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of profound, inspiring stories from well-known people. And finally, a third book, the most challenging—and most rewarding—of the three, which I hope will be published in 2010.

sixty-seconds-coverIronically, the books were to come in reverse order of their initial foray into my consciousness. The first would be most technically demanding, the second would expand my wisdom, and the third would be the culmination of all that I had learned. (more…)

Tom Terrific

December 2, 2008
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Tom Gegax

When Tom Gegax asked me to help him write a comprehensive guide for small business owners, I jumped at the chance. Tom had founded Tires Plus, a regional chain of upscale tire stores that he built from scratch into a $200 million industry leader by the time he sold it in 2000. I had previously interviewed Tom for two magazine articles and a video and knew that we would work well together.

Tom was the all-too-rare CEO who “gets it.” Thirteen years earlier, in a six-month span, life had dealt him not one, not two, but three knockout blows. The one-two punch of divorce and cancer sent him reeling against the ropes, and a cash-crisis uppercut left him sprawled on the canvas. This triple trauma was a spiritual wake-up call that led him to reinvent both himself and his business. (more…)