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Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Many find inspiration in people who give up the big job, big house and big bucks to follow their hearts' desires, but the Blanchards have not only followed their dreams, they've turned their dream-chasing into a cottage industry. Their first book, A Trip to the Beach, about their experiences moving from Vermont to the Caribbean island of Anguilla and opening a restaurant, inspired a legion of people to also follow their bliss. Other books followed, At Blanchard's Table and Cook What You Love, as have radio interviews and an appearance on the Today show. In the latest installment, they share random experiences that illuminate their philosophy, which can be boiled down to: Only do the things you love. Don't expect any grander insight than that from this little book; it's full of common sense, go-with-your gut wisdom, affirmations, aphorisms and lighter than light humor. "No experience is required to gain experience." "Write the headlines of your favorite life stories so far." "Breathe deep. Jump in. Swim, or just float, on the waves of life, of laughter, of love." Some readers may be put off by the self-congratulatory nature of the book, but the book's arranged so it's easy to flip back and forth and cherry pick the passages of import.
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From the authors ofA Trip to the Beach (2001) comes another slim but encouraging manifesto brimming with humorous anecdotes, pithy reflections, and wise counsel. Summering in Vermont and spending their winters operating a thriving restaurant in the Caribbean, this power couple seems to have achieved all their dreams by operating by the one simple principle that serves as their guide: "If we don't love it, we don't do it." In order to share this deceptively simplistic recipe for personal and professional fulfillment and success, the Blanchards open up their hearts and relay their unique experiences in a series of intimate stories that will appeal to fans of inspirational literature a la Robert Fulghum. Margaret Flanagan
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What a refreshing view of work !In a time when many people feel their work has taken over their lives, this short book describes how one couple made their jobs fit their lives.
Look, this book is a good read. Is it revolutionary in new ideas? No. Is it blithe and trite? No. This book is simply a pointed collection of simply-written life-stories from the authors. The stories all contain some angle on how they chose the feel-good, fun-loving alternative as opposed to the mundane, bill-paying one and what a fabulous idea that was for them. They keep some perspective though and freely admit to problems they faced as a result, agony in certain decisions, and errors in judgment.
Will you change your life because of this book? I struggle with that thought. The book is so simple, so easy-to-read, it screams out "beach reading!" at every page that it is hard for me to fathom altering my decision-making style. And yet, I find myself thinking of the characters (well, real people) and while their carefree spirit may not end up guiding me it certainly infects me and nudges me.
Live What You Love is a great book to give at graduations (and other such ceremonies) because its not your usual "Great Man" biography or cookie-cutter "Life Rules" books. It is simply the story of how one couple stuck together and made some brave moves. Plus it's short. And as a grad, I prefer my life-lesson books to be brief.
The book shares some of their salutary words of wisdom learned from a remarkable life to help you begin to live a life you love. Organized into a series of random intriguing personal short stories, you are provided with tonic quotes and an end to each chapter with a checklist for you to begin striving towards your own aspirations. This book is to be held and carried indefinitely, not rushed through like a novel. It's designed to be read over and over again, consoling a reader like a Tony Robbins or Joel Osteen book.
We've all heard the admonition of, "follow your dreams", but what does it really mean? Where do we begin? I have a steady job and am receiving AARP applications in the mail, is it too late? For anyone who might still hold an unconventional long cherished dream that doesn`t snugly fit into the sequence of an "average American lifestyle", Bob and Melinda do more than tell us how, they show us. To read "A Trip to The Beach" and "Live What You Love" consecutively will have you reflecting on where you are currently and wondering why you haven't begun to fertilize a lifelong dream kept in your backseat.
As Blanchard sums it up, "Our Life is a series of positive acts with purpose." Having lived a life less ordinary; opening eight businesses, residing in two countries, building everything from restaurants to sailboats, to going from six digit debtors to wealthy entrepreneurs has bestowed the Blanchards with a crate full of knowledge on how to live a life for what you are truly passionate for. Despite any atypicalities or the absence of predetermined roadmaps for success, the Blanchards overcame much apprehension in shadowy times to become impelling life motivators.