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Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur's Journey Toward Authentic Joy by [Doug Kisgen]

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I can't believe I've gotten myself into this mess. Why am I going to all this effort if I'm getting nothing from it? Why'd Camino have to pick me, of all the people at the game, to sit by that day? I was fine. Just fine. I was successful, had a place I felt at home, even though it was at Tony's bar and ironically, not at home. I was a good father---I mean, I provided for my kids and I didn't demand a lot from my wife.

The twinge of guilt was like an arrow to my heart, from out of nowhere, as I remembered my son's reaction last night when I tried Camino's suggestion to "shoot the breeze" with him. Did I really only want to talk to him when I was pointing out something he was doing wrong?

And my wife thought I came home "early" last night, even though it was a good two hours after I left the office. Okay, so maybe I'm not going to get Father of the Year or the Husband Achievement Award, but my kids get pretty much everything they want and my wife can go shopping anytime.

I was just thinking about that at the game the other day. I've got it pretty good. I mean, things could always improve, right? What was it I was daydreaming about that day? Before Camino pushed his way into my life? Oh yeah, I was thinking about the trip I'd cancelled with my son. Again. Ah yes, there's that familiar feeling of failure now. I wasn't even watching the game, and suddenly I'd felt a presence.

A shadow fell over me, blocking the sun. As I wasn't seated within peanut-throwing distance of anyone else, naturally I looked up to see who could be blocking my sun. The tall stranger didn't say a word. Just took a seat (c'mon man!) right next to me.

Okay, just ignore him. Don't let anybody spoil this time. It's me time! C'mon, Cleve. Back to the smell of the grass, the taste of the cold beer in your hand. This is the life! Am I right? I'm free to do this--that's the American dream, right?


Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed he was watching me out of the corner of his. Dang it, Cleve. You know the first rule is NEVER MAKE EYE CONTACT. I nodded. He nodded back. Well, this is just going swimmingly. Can I just ignore him now? Sighing, I leaned forward, hoping to avoid any conversation.

Apparently, he felt the same way, because he leaned forward too, as though to really grasp the situation on the diamond. I relaxed a bit. Maybe I really could get through this.

"So, what do you think?" The question came out of nowhere. I glanced at him again.

"Excuse me?" I was trying my best not to be rude, but man, he sat right next to me in a section full of empty seats. This was "me" time and it was sacred. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


Recent high-profile business disasters have reminded us that intellect, degrees, and eighty-hour weeks are not the essential ingredients for business success. Told in a delightful story form, Rethink Happy captures the soul of business and reminds us that uncompromising character, respectful relationships, and a commitment to the greater good of community lead to “uncommon” success and a life worth living. --- Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

Scaling up a business not only takes its toll on the owner, it tends to spill over onto the family and other personal relationships, often ending in tragic messes. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We like to say that “routine sets you free,” and Doug’s book brilliantly highlights those routines that will set you free, bringing joy to both your life and those around you. It just requires the same skills needed to grow a successful business: focus and discipline. --- Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

Original and entertaining, Rethink Happy offers down-to-earth self-discovery lessons through a lighthearted, purposeful story. --- Mary Leonida, president and CEO, Polaris Cos. and Track Consulting

Prepare to be inspired! Yes, each one of us is called to live a more authentic and meaningful life. --- John S. Archer, president and CEO, Concepts for Business --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01BBYXECY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Morgan James Publishing (March 17, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 17, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 542 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 214 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

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Doug Kisgen is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, and personality expert. He has extensive experience in senior care, performing arts, and working with at-risk teenagers and entrepreneurs, which he’s found to be very much alike! He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Servant Leadership Certificate from Gonzaga Graduate School, is a certified catechist, and a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program hosted by MIT. He has also participated in formal spiritual direction and doctrinal formation since 2008.

Those are the credentials behind what Doug does, but his real drive comes from his desire to help others operate at the highest level possible, both in their personal and professional lives. His uncanny talent and experience have allowed him to assist many different people from various walks of life in the area of finding true happiness. This book combines his experiences with the practical application of the essential principles he’s learned along the way. Doug and his wife of twenty-plus years have five children and live in the hill country of South Texas.

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