Last week I did a write up on the book PAilS and how much it has impacted my life. I thought I would do a follow-up with a review from the top LIFE Leadership mind and best-selling author Orrin Woodward.
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Chris Brady released his new book PAiLS at the LIFE Leadership Major Functions and it is already receiving rave reviews. Here is the Foreword I wrote for this powerful book helping one develop his game plan for the game of life.
Chris Brady: PAiLS
When NY Times bestselling author and speaker Chris Brady notified me that he was sending a hardcopy of his latest book to me, I was intrigued. For any time I read his works I find my mind expanded, my heart encouraged, and my resolve strengthened. Although I have partnered with Chris for nearly twenty years, I still find myself marveling at Chris’s ability to communicate truth in a disarming fashion. Further, he somehow does this while making everyone laugh hysterically. Seriously, the only thing more fun than reading a Chris Brady book is having the privilege of sitting in the front row when he is speaking.
In any event, when I received the book, I devoured it in a matter of hours. Thankfully, for me, no one was home, since there were several times when Chris brought me to tears – several times with his humor and other points with his poignancy. If the reader has read Chris’s critically acclaimed book A Month of Italy, then he can relate to what I am saying. Nonetheless, this book breaks new ground for the author as it addresses an important issue for today’s youth (and people of all ages, for that matter), namely, what is the best way to pursue one’s life goals and dreams?
In answering that question, Chris develops a framework for life and happiness that is both innovative and compelling. In fact, Chris’s four-layer Ziggurat has become the basis for mentoring my own teenagers as they prepare for their journeys through life. Starting with Preparatory Experiences and a Pragmatic Occupation, Chris then explains how these two layers can then be the foundation for chasing one’s Passionate Pursuit, culminating in fulfilling one’s Purposeful Calling. They say genius is the ability to make the complex seem simple. Accordingly, the first chapter alone qualifies Chris for Mensa membership as he simplified one’s life into four layers that build upon one another. Such insight is priceless.
Taking this information, I quickly reviewed in my mind the many people I have modeled, mentored, and studied to confirm the truthfulness of the life’s Ziggurat. Every successful person utilizes the principles in this book whether they realize it or not. Fortunately, with the writing of this book, Chris has provided the next-generation with a revolutionary approach to living that breaks down the half-truths and outright fallacies that hold people back from achieving their purpose in life.
Finally, when taking any advice in life, it is important to identify whether the person has “fruit on the tree” in the area he proposes to teach. Having known Chris Brady since both of us were eighteen-year-old college kids, I have been blessed to watch Chris Brady build his life Ziggurat. From his preparatory experiences in motor-cross racing to his pragmatic career as an engineer, Chris laid the foundation necessary to pursue his passion. Indeed, after eight to ten hour workdays, Chris progressively developed mastery in the fields of writing, speaking, and leading.
After five years of toiling in anonymity, Chris broke into the mainstream with a string of bestselling books (having sold over a million copies in seven languages) and speaking engagements around the world in front of tens-of-thousands of people. Moreover, he has supported numerous charitable works through his board position in All Grace Outreach Ministries. In addition, Chris, and his lovely wife Terri Brady are nurturing parents to four entrepreneurially minded children. To wrap up, I believe the best teachers model before they message, and Chris Brady’s life has authentically modeled the message he illuminates here.
Founder of LIFE Leadership