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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group (May 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599321742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599321745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When my great friend, Adam Witty, approached me about writing the foreword for one of his favorite authors and clients, my interest was piqued. It’s not every day that Adam asks for a favor, so I knew this was a special circumstance. He told me a little bit about Tom, and some of our shared ideals, and then he said, “Just read the book. Tom’s story is impossible to put down. You’ll see.” He was right.
Tom Watson possesses a unique and powerful characteristic: optimism. This is very important to me personally, because several of my mentors have taught me that optimism is a choice; it’s a decision that we make on a daily basis. In the face of potentially paralyzing adversity, Tom chose optimism. He continues to make that choice every day – for the sake of his three boys, his wife, his business associates, friends and community. It was not an easy choice by any stretch of the imagination.
There is so much in these pages that resonates with me, both on a personal and professional level. Man Shoes is honest, it’s humorous, it’s inspiring...and as Adam promised, it’s impossible to put down. As the father of 19 children, 14 of which were adopted from four different countries, I have experienced firsthand how opening your heart and home to a child makes a lifelong difference. The power of changing lives through fostering and adoption was not lost on Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who brought little Tommy into their home when he was just five years old. Their home and their love became the anchor that would stabilize him through the stormy seas of life. Without it, Tom Watson would have been adrift.
The feeling of belonging, of feeling safe, of knowing that you are loved, and the importance of that security in the life of a small child are themes that dance throughout this heartfelt book. From childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, Tom, like all of us, had some hard lessons to learn as he grew to fill the “Man Shoes” that allowed him to be a better husband and father. He speaks to both men and women about responsibility and what that looks like in each of those roles.
Tom exemplifies so many of the qualities that I value. Passion in what you do, in your career, in your family and in your faith. Truly loving what you do, as Tom does, spills over into all areas of your life and perpetuates the positivity that is so critical to being a role model to your children. The power of leading by example when molding the values of your children cannot be underestimated. Tom always brings a healthy dose of humor and characteristic devilishness to both the silly and the serious times.
Man Shoes in an invaluable, personal story of empowerment that will motivate readers to live their best lives. This book is for anyone struggling with the challenges of new parenthood or the responsibilities of adulthood. Watson’s book is a slam dunk!
—Pat Williams, Senior Vice-President The Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL
National Basketball Association (NBA)

About the Author

Tom Watson is the Founder of Your Better Life, a company committed to empowering people to achieve greater success and live better, more fulfilled lives. Tom is also the Owner and President of Recreation Excellence, a highly successful recreation services and facility management company in Western Canada. Backed by a Masters Degree and three decades of upper level management experience, Tom is a dynamic coach, sought-after international speaker, creative consultant and positive team leader. He and his lovely wife Kathy are the proud parents of three sons, Brad, Kelly and Jordan. Tom and his family live in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

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Tom Watson believes in the possibility of discovering your full potential, which allows you to become truly successful both at work and at home. He also insists on having fun along the way.

Is it really that simple? Tom knows it is, because his own life story is a splendid example of truly living a better life.
As a highly successful business leader, and a dynamic international speaker and consultant, Tom Watson has dedicated his life to inspiring people to have more fun while striving for excellence in their personal and professional lives. Tom is a customer service specialist and a true entrepreneur, having built a variety of successful businesses from the ground up, including Recreation Excellence, a highly successful recreation services and facility management company in western Canada. In all of Tom's business ventures, the key ingredient to his success is FUN. He is committed to empowering people to achieve balanced success by working hard and having a whole lot of fun along with way.

In addition to his professional experience as a business leader, Tom has an extensive educational background, including an undergraduate degree in Recreation & Parks and a Masters in Human Leisure Development. He also successfully completed training in dozens of courses and programs in the fields of leisure and recreation, public speaking and coaching, and is a certified customer service trainer.

Tom attributes much of his personal and professional success to the lessons he learned through sport. As a young man, Tom was a successful multi-sport athlete with a highly competitive spirit. His passion for sport ultimately led to a successful amateur coaching career, during which Tom coached football, basketball, volleyball and hockey teams to championships. He has worked with elite teams, such as the Vancouver Canucks and the British Columbia Lions in hosting pre-season training camps and championship games. He also organized and hosted many other provincial, national and international sporting events in curling, hockey, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse and more.

Tom is also an active member of many organizations and serves as a board member and team leader for many of them. In his travels to Africa, Tom aided governments in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda to establish sport and recreation systems and networks. In addition, Tom and his employees fundraised and financed the construction of 56 homes in Zambia. Tom's teams also helped sponsor well-digging projects in Kenya, and sent more than 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Haiti.

A testament to Tom's positive attitude, resilience, competitive spirit and commitment to helping people live a better life is his heart-warming life story, Man Shoes. Man Shoes explores Tom's rich life-brimming with experiences of love, tempered by heartache and loss, cemented by traditions, and enriched with laughter and shared stories.

Of course, fun is not the only factor in the formula for building Your Better Life. You have to work hard, be willing to give far more than you receive, and you must honor your faith with commitment while building a strong support network to back you when the going gets tough. Tom credits his own continuing success to his deep and abiding faith, his wacky sense of humor, an unquenchable thirst for life, and a strong reliance on traditions, which have helped him shape a positive world view while celebrating each special moment in his life, from the miniscule to the monumental.

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This was a great story that was so inspirational.
Dad of Divas
This book made me laugh, cry and learn... I feel like I am forever changed by Man Shoes.
FtBall412
What a wonderful and inspiring story of a Man's journey through life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danielle McCoy on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a woman, I wasn't sure this book would really be relevant to me, but I decided to give it a chance. It's always nice to have another perspective. I devoured this book the day it arrived. In the span of the two hours it took me to finish this book, I laughed, and cried, and laughed, and cried some more! It's very emotional so I do recommend a box of tissues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Pelton on March 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A walk in Man Shoes begins with a single step. It is incredible that both as a child and an adult Tom had so much adversity and was yet able to turn himself around, face his fears, and become such a compassionate and motivated human being. There are several 'take away' lessons in the book for all of us.

Tim Pelton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WritewhereUr on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tom Watson's book, Man Shoes-The Journey To Becoming A Better Man, Husband & Father, is an inspirational story about the legacy we leave through our interactions with others. Tom had a challenging beginning from his birth to parents ill prepared to raise a child through his tween years. As a neglected an abused child, he developed patterns of chaos and self-defeating behaviors. He began to see his worth as a person of possibilities ONLY when his final foster parents and some very special individuals invested time, wisdom and unconditional love, by helping him grow into his "Man Shoes". He makes the analogy of his shoe shopping experiences with his foster mother (purchasing the next larger size). He connects it to his physical, spiritual and emotional growth into his Man Shoes as a way of understanding that we must always leave room to grow in our life circumstances. While purchasing shoes that fit, at that moment in time, it would not leave any room to grow. However,by purchasing the next larger size he could grow into them. His reasoning is that while it might be comfortable...it may not be all that he truly needed. In life, being slightly uncomfortable in some situations can leave room to grow into the person that you are destined to become with the right encouragement, emotional support and teaching. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who has challenges to overcome, lives to impact and influence and to anyone wishing to live a more fulfilling life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FtBall412 on August 18, 2011
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This book made me laugh, cry and learn... I feel like I am forever changed by Man Shoes. Tom Watson "gets it" and uses is story to show other how to do the same. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be better. I will take what I have learned from Man Shoes and implement the lessons in my everyday relationships. Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By n on August 2, 2011
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A unique love story unfolds between Tom Watson and the people who entered his life. Through difficult and challenging experiences, Tom found a way to the find positives in every relationship. The stories in this book are ones that we can relate to regardless of age or gender. This is a must read for anyone with a relationship!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Raddysh on July 26, 2011
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This book made me laugh and cry. As I read this store I though of my time as a son, brother, husband and a father and realized the story that I was living made an impact. Some roads are smooth and some are rough. I would say that Tom's road was challenging and I am glad that I read this book. Read it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on June 27, 2011
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Great story - once I picked it up I couldn't put it down! Tom has been through a lot in his life and is an example of the fact that it is not what happens to you in life but how you choose to deal with it. Each chapter has great suggestions for the reader to use in his / her life. Enjoy the read - I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selective Reader on June 20, 2011
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As a fellow "survivor" of growing up through challenges, Tom's real story resonated with truth and emotion about life, love, fear, honesty, laughter, tears, challenges and successes. For every parent, spouse or child, this story hits home and reminds us all of the different challenges we may face in life, how we can choose to become who we really want to be and make a real difference to our Families and those we love. I read so many things that reminded me of similar "wow" moments with my own life, my kids, and my Family. It brought me back to feelings of strength, courage and caring.....all qualities I hope have been passed on to my kids through there own challenges in life.

Through Tom's unique storytelling, "keeping it real" the whole way along, you'll laugh, cry and learn to appreciate life even more than today, but most of all, you'll want to share what you read.

Man or Woman, Parent or Child, read this book. It will remind you that love CAN conquer all.
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