Telling Your Story

Books change lives

I’ve always believed that books can change people. Writing can definitely change a person. I’ve heard stories of writing actually saving a person’s life.

In the year following his breakdown, Barry Heard could travel no further than his front gate. As his condition improved, he went to Heidelberg Repat in Melbourne to join a treatment program for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His therapist suggested he start writing down the memories that had haunted him for decades. That book became Well Done, Those Men: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran.

Debbie Hampton has lived through years of depression, a suicide attempt and resulting brain injury. Books have kept her company during these isolating events. Books provide ideas, hope and often ways to change when going through dark times. Check out Debbie’s thoughts on this

These examples confirm what I’ve always known: books rock!

But when I see a young kid get up to speak at a business event about his not-for-profit, ThankyouTM, I learn another thing about the power of books – and the power of community. Daniel Flynn and his two other co-founders Justine and Jarryd started ThankyouTM at the ripe old age of 19. I won’t go into the details, you can check them out here because I want to get to my point.

9780994310972Towards the end of his inspiring keynote (I laughed and cried), he starts talking about the book, Chapter One, and the fact that he’s written this book in the hope that it will help write chapter two of the ThankyouTM journey. The tagline for the book is: You have the power to change stuff. This is what the book is already doing. It has sold more than 50,000 copies and raised over $1.4 Million thanks to their crowd funding campaign where they ask you to buy the book at a price that you want to pay.

Books are about ideas and there is so much that I love about this project, mostly that we are continually writing our next chapters and that we need to stop living our lives by the status quo.

And guess what? I haven’t read the book yet. When I do, I’ll let you know what I think. Daniel might not be a good writer, the content might not hit the spot but I’m already curious enough to give it a go.

As an aside, Chapter One is formatted landscape rather than portrait like most trade books, just to prove the point that you don’t have to go with the status quo.

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