In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEO's on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer.
Afterwards, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about.
It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it.
This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.
The truth is to love yourself with the same intensity you would use to pull yourself up if you were hanging off a cliff with your fingers. As if your life depended upon it. Once you get going, it's not hard to do. Just takes commitment and I'll share how I did it.
It's been transformative for me. I know it will be transformative for you as well.
If I could I would travel back in time and give this book to my 17-year-old self. It's the kind of book you want the people you love to read. Especially those who aren't having the best time right now. It's short. Almost an extended essay. It's also one of those books you give ambiguous descriptions of for fear of putting people off it and thus missing the beautiful, life-assuring, uplifting journey it takes you on. It's a book that's very hard to describe without sounding trite. In fact the only reason I read it was because a good friend who knew better than I gave me a hardcopy (I read on my kindle) and told me to "just read it, trust me". And here it is now, on my top 5 list.
“So I return to the question, "If I loved myself, truly and deeply, what would I do?" The answer comes easy: I'd fly. Fly as high as I possibly can. Then, I'd fly higher.”