This book is a complete collection of my 2017 instagram posts for which I created a separate category called #GOLD. Under this category I post my thoughts on passion, career, life, family, parenting, success and happiness and sporadically throw in some quote, by my favorite author, visionary, inventor, scientist, thinker, artist, explorer, game changer, entrepreneur, athlete, or … fictional character (like Kung Fu Panda for example - but of course there's someone, a human being, who puts those words in the mouths of those fictional characters, so in reality the thoughts are never by a fictional character, they’re always by a certain human being).
I publish this book mainly for people who already know me quite well, especially my Instagram followers who like the things I share with them each day, and who might enjoy a book in which I gathered all those thoughts I shared in 2017, something that would allow them an easier, more convenient access to my stuff. Which doesn’t mean other people can't read it. They totally can. If you aren’t my Instagram follower, if you don’t know any of my books, if you never stumbled upon any of my Quora answers or posts, if you never read any of my blog posts, if you don’t even know I have a blog, or Medium or Twitter account, if you never heard about me then it certainly is a big gamble and risk to spend money on my book. I just hope the risk isn’t too big. We usually don’t know something before we get to know it. Or wait, isn’t it always like that? There’s always this first time we grab for something, and it’s always a gamble so I understand the situation you might be in right now. Will I waste my money, but more importantly time on this book? you may be asking yourself. Even if people love something and recommend it to others (and they’re in they majority) I sometimes discover that the book they so enthusiastically recommended didn’t speak to me. And in reverse, when people say some book is mediocre (and they’re in they majority) I sometimes discover that I (I!) liked this book a lot and think that everyone should read it (but am the minority). What if there are no reviews? Well, that’s the most difficult situation of all, isn’t it? Am I the first person ever who will read this book? That’s probably not something most people would enjoy. Being the first to taste a delicious-looking cake, that’s a different story. Anyway, assuming it’s not a delicious-looking cake, being a pioneer or early adopter definitely isn’t for everybody. It’s similar to the situation of a young adult who is about to pick his / her first career (due to certain beliefs in our society it’s often the only career he / she will have). Picking the career which your parents (other family members), or other well-meaning adults recommend, or which is trendy, or which many of your high school peers also picked, or which has been indicated by the Forbes magazine as one of the top 50 best future careers, seems like a safe move. It's almost a guarantee that today and in the near future (what about a more distant future?) you will not have problems finding a job. Whereas forging your own path (doing something regardless of what others did or said) is a hell of a risk and only few people will do it (and, by the way, those are the only characters who have a chance to find their passion). I cannot guarantee you that you will love this book. Even if you loved this introduction I cannot guarantee you that you will love the rest of this book. And even if you loved this introduction and enjoyed the first couple of dozen pages I cannot guarantee you that you will love the rest - heck, maybe you will only love pages 26, 57, 88, 109, and 156-199 and loathe or sneer at the rest of the pages. Who knows? So I’m far from offering you any guarantee. But you know what? It's not about having such guarantees. You don’t need to like all my thoughts or ideas. Liking or loving all my thoughts and ideas is not the point.