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We live in a very fast-paced society. It seems as if almost everything is designed to happen as quickly as possible. We don’t need cash these days; we just “swipe and go.” We don’t have to stop and pay our toll. We simply flash a card and keep rolling. We have drive-thru windows for doughnuts and coffee. We have a generation of children who put food in the microwave oven, watch it turn, and yell, “hurry!” If you are one of those folks who have to have it “now,” then this book was written for you.
I wrote this book at one of the lowest points in my life. My businesses were heavily in debt and, although I continued to function every day, there were times when I did not feel good about myself. Through it all, I continued to try to affect the lives of others through my training seminars and speeches. I also went out of my way to make sure I was an active dad for my sons.
On a Friday night, in September 2006, I decided to write down the things that really mattered to me. I stopped the list at twenty-five and shelved the project for another year. Putting pen to paper was a measure of accountability. Thirteen months later I was ready to be accountable and make a change in my life. Writing my thoughts on paper was therapeutic and gave me a sense of relief. This process was a “freeing” experience that helped me to feel good again.
25 Things That Really Matter In Life is a little book with a big message. The techniques and steps that I describe in the following pages are ones that I’ve been using for over thirty years. If you commit to them, I guarantee you will live a more meaningful and healthier life.
Changing certain aspects of your life is not easy. Looking at your life and the choices you’ve made in an open and honest way can be an emotional and gut-wrenching experience. As you rewind your mental tapes, you are likely to see a pattern of decision-making that is self-defeating or sabotaging. It doesn’t have to be that way.
This is your chance to enhance your quality of life and to feel good about yourself. You can improve your situation today. Don’t blow this opportunity. Victory is near.
When you read the words in this book, know that I am not speaking from an exalted position. This is what I’ve experienced and know to be true. My job is to tell you everything I know to help you make your life successful. Your job is to take what I tell you and develop a flexible and customized plan that will work for you. If you make a commitment to do this, you can live every day as if it’s your last, and enjoy your life. If you want to change your life, change the way you act and the way you think.
You can control the quality of your life by making 25 Things That Really Matter In Life a part of your daily living. Once you have “mastered” them, I will show you how to start living your best life--today!
Gary A. Johnson
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"Gary Johnson has taken his personal pain and turned it into the power to share home truths. His list of the things we need for a fulfilling and successful life will be confirmation for some, a reminder for others, and a much-needed wake-up call for still another group of readers. This is a great gift for people at life’s crossroads, and for those looking for a tool to guide them through self-exploration."
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
President, Bennett College for Women
Economist, Author & Commentator
"Gary Johnson has written a book that will encourage you, inspire you and empower you for greater personally and professionally success! It will help you do more, be more and achieve more! Read it and then re-read it! You will be glad you did!"
Best Selling Author of "It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life" and "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback"
"A great read for anyone contemplating the things that really matter in life. Lean, mean, and full of wisdom."
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"Phenomenal. I read every word and my conclusion is this is a great book to help people who are talented but lost their way."
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Semper Associates Coaching Academy
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