I woke up this morning and realized there was something I had terribly failed to consider: Why should you, or anyone for this matter register for the below event? The short answer I thought was, “Inspiration!” I was thinking: How would you benefit right now from hearing some inspiring words?
Words from a story that explores the question: How did I break through the concrete walls and concertina wire that physically and mentally trap so many of us both inside and outside of prison, that is, the mental prisons we confine ourselves to?
Better yet, I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, you would like to explore, among other ideas that I considered in writing my latest book Mayhem, Murder, & Magnificence, the question: Is there something profoundly wrong with the way we make sense of success?
For instance, in the Bible, Joseph is cast out by his brothers and sold into slavery and then rises to become the Pharaoh’s right-hand man on the strength of his own brilliance and insight. Truth is, and I quote Malcolm Gladwell, “[i]t wasn’t simply brilliance and insight! The people who stand before kings may look like they did it all by themselves. But in fact they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot. That said, I look forward to you joining us in this discussion.