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The Surfer's Journey: The Path to Transformational Heroship Paperback – June 2, 2017
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"James MacGregor Burns (1978) states that leadership is one of the most researched, and least understood, topics there is in the world. For decades, I have combed through the research and theory books, and I have never found an approach that provides an exciting and accurate approach to learning leadership -- until now. While there are many books on leadership, The Surfer's Journey is a potentially powerful instructional tool that should be read by all students of leadership.
"Dale Carnegie wrote that, 'People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.' This book is a great example of how learning does not have to be a chore, but can be fun and engaging. In this book, Dr. Kennedy affords the readers a leadership adventure that is well worth the journey."
-- Peter M. Jonas, PhD, Professor, Cardinal Stritch University; Senior Partner, Capacity Unlimited; author of LAUGHING AND LISTENING: AN ALTERNATIVE TO SHUT UP AND LISTEN and SECRETS OF CONNECTING LEADERSHIP WITH HUMOR
"From the moment his feet hit the sand until waves finally rushed over his surfboard, I was immersed in The Surfer's Journey. The book is enthralling as well as enlightening, leading the novice to become the expert, with surfing as the metaphor for leadership. These are ten principles to live by!"
--Prof. Pamella A. Seay, JD, LLM, Florida Gulf Coast University
"If you own or manage a business, if you are in charge of people, you owe it to them and yourself to go on The Surfer's Journey. Dr. Kennedy will lead you on a heroic journey from where you are now -- to the leader you know is inside you, the one you catch glimpses of from time to time. You'll be reborn in your fullest capacity, the person your team needs to steer them confi dently and profi tably into the future while helping each member maximize their personal potential. The Surfer's Journey is nothing less than life changing. Heed the ten lessons of he'e nalu. Th is is one call to adventure you don't want to ignore!"
--Dave Lakhani, CEO, Bold Approach, Inc., Journeyer, Creator, Partner, Father, Mentor, and now, Blissful Surfer! Author of PERSUASION: THE ART OF GETTING WHAT YOU WANT and POWER OF AN HOUR
"The Surfer's Journey will transport you to a time and place far away, and at the same time put you in touch with your own here and now! Buckle up for a mythical trip of self-discovery and learn essential lessons of leadership that you can put into practice today."
--Nancy Stanford Blair, Professor Emerita, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Author of MINDFUL LEADERSHIP, LEADING COHERENTLY and YOUR LIFE IS YOUR MESSAGE
About the Author
Dr. Don Kennedy is a respected authority in the research and teaching of leadership and motivation. He is a family and urgent care physician, author, professional speaker, business consultant, adjunct medical and college professor, and has surfed for over sixty years. The author is a diplomat of the American College of Family Medicine, holds a PhD in Leadership, Masters in Business Administration, and is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership and National Speakers Association. He has spoken for companies including Young Life, Rotary International, The American Association for Physician Leadership, and is involved with Narcotics Anonymous. Dr. Kennedy created and practices motivational medicine and teaches leadership and health and wellness through The Surfer's Journey seminars, private client mentoring and coaching, and university-based courses. Other books include the internationally published 5 A.M. & Already Behind with forward by bestselling author Michael Gerber and Your Smoking Bahbit: 7 Steps to Stop Smoking Now. Raised in poverty as the son of a professional bull rider and single waitress, Dr. Kennedy's surfer's journey is a remarkable testimonial to the willpower of personal vision and survival. He has been married for over thirty years, is the father of four, grandfather of three, and is the founder and CEO of The Surfer's Journey, LLC and co-founder of the Mind, Body and Soul Surfing Club. He still surfs!
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Many times in our life we hear the call to transform ourselves and often desirous as we might be we simply don't know how but this book changes all of that.
The Surfer's Journey is a modern adaptation and application of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey but not in the simplistic way many have chosen to try and interpret it. This story causes you to really listen closely to the voice inside you, to the call to adventure, to death and resurrection, to a return with the elixir, forever changed and ready to lead the way to your truest self.
This is a book for individuals, for leaders, for creators but most importantly for those who stand on the precipice wondering what it all means and what to do next. It makes positive change not only certain but predictable. While providing no answers it will lead you to the answers you seek, your answers.
I've spent several decades studying Joseph Campbell and I wish he were alive to read this book, I imagine he'd find great joy in the richness of the storytelling, the careful interplay of words, symbology and psychology. This story is woven together by someone who clearly studied his work and told a story in the way only someone who'd experienced the human condition up close and personally could. I'd imagine he'd notice how the storyteller was telling his story, from the perspective of someone who'd been to the edge and returned. Someone who had fought, waited, and found his perfect wave and was riding it in and sharing it with everyone around him as mentor.
Read this book if you are a fan of Campbell or if you are looking to make real change in your life and want a path that isn't the predictable rehash of positive thinking but real action. This book is for people searching for the real meaning in their life and those who are willing to be an active participant in creating a heroic journey.
In the spirit of transparency, I wrote an afterword for this book when Dr. Kennedy called and asked if I'd consider it and if I'd write it from the perspective of an Entrepreneur. I read the manuscript and immediately said yes.