- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891557
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891559
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tim Grahl works with bestselling authors such as Daniel Pink, Chip and Dan Heath, Hugh Howey, Dan Ariely and Pamela Slim. He recently had five clients on The New York Times best seller list at the same time. Tim is also the moderator and guinea pig for The Story Grid Podcast, a weekly conversation with editor Shawn Coyne exploring just what it takes to craft a compelling story. His first novel, The Threshing, is the result of the work he and Coyne have done on the show and is due to publish in 2019. Tim’s bestselling books, Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book and Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guild to a Bestselling Launch are the definitive guides on how authors can build their online platforms.
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Tim Grahl bares his soul in “Running Down a Dream”. He pulls the curtain back to reveal his failures, frustrations and struggles on achieving his dream. As he walks you through his journey he provides tools, new approaches, and solid advice on the hard work involved in not only pursuing our dreams but life in general.
As Tim states, “The running wasn’t about the race or the finish line. It was about the joy of the gift of having something to run after.” I love this!
I could relate to his struggles in the book writing journey because I have faced similar experiences in my own. I loved that he broke down the barriers we face and found ways to get unstuck and back on the writing path. Several things he said really hit home for me in this section. “Focusing on helping just one person helped me break through my fears of putting work out into the world.” Love this!
Tim walks the reader through steps of affirmations and states, “I give grace to myself and accept that perfection is not the goal, only truth.” And, “I am proud of being a writer and consider it an honor to serve the world in this way.” What great affirmations to speak over our inner self-critic and the fears and doubts we face in writing and creativity in life! He shares some great ways to combat this mentality while in the writing process.
I love the story of the Golden Buddha and how they found the beauty and value beneath the rough exterior. Tim connected this to his own feelings of brokenness and realized how to shift his mindset and chip away at the plaster to the good that lies beneath.
I loved that Tim stripped away the layers of his journey and found hope in the cracks. I will definitely be implementing some of the great tools he shared throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading this and found many great “aha” moments for my own journey.
I feel I need to express that while I did not care for the rough language, and tend to stay away from books with it, I am not basing my review on this aspect of his writing style. Everyone’s preferences are different. I don’t think that it detracted from his overall messages within the book.
I loved Tim Grahl’s message and I am glad that he found clarity, actionable tools, insight, hope, and success along his journey. Thank you for sharing the underbelly we don’t often see in writing. I find it refreshing to see someone’s courage, truths, and honesty, no matter how hard it is to share with the world.
My bad. This book is a GOD SEND.
I'm a stay-at-home mom who has published one book (a memoir about PPD), and now I'm starting to write the first book in a fantasy series. I figured I just have to do the work whenever my kids are at school and eventually, I'll finish my first novel. But this book is filled with so many practical tips, it has helped me not just with my writing, but with my mom-ing. I want to give this book to every writer I know, every artist I know, and every mom. If I ever win the lottery, that's what I'll do.
I was already a huge Story Grid fan when I started this book, but now that I have seen what Tim and Shawn did, I will follow Story Grid methods to the grave. And I'll be keeping my copy of this book and consulting it from time to time to reincorporate the tips into my life. (I know some people who read these reviews will just want the tips so they don't have to read the book. Don't be lazy! Don't be cheap! This book is worth every penny. The tips on their own are helpful, but Tim's story is inspiring. This book has muscles, but it also has heart.)
Thank you, Tim, for doing the work and sharing such a beautiful book with the world.
Final note: If you are a Steven Pressfield fan, then I think you'll love this book.
What I liked about “Running Down a Dream”:
1.) It’s an easy read. The author is direct and uses short chapters with simple, easy to understand words and sentences.
2.) The book provides useful tools and techniques for getting things done that I have found to be very helpful.
3.) “Running Down a Dream” is up close and personal. I felt as though I was running beside the author and sharing his experiences instead of just reading an instruction manual. It’s like the difference between reading a textbook on how to build a house, and standing beside a carpenter to watch as he actually does the work.
4.) The author shares his raw feelings and his very personal failures as well as his successes. This grabbed my attention from the start and kept me interested in learning more.
What I didn’t like about “Running Down a Dream”:
There is one short chapter in the middle of “Running Down a Dream" that, in my opinion, just did not belong in the book. It didn’t add anything of value to the subject matter and it contains harsh language that will be offensive to many readers. For that reason I cannot recommend “Running Down a Dream" to a number of my friends, whom I know would take offense.