The Power of a Library Card

Recently I read an article that told the story of author Andy Andrews.  I found it very fascinating and some of the lessons he learned through the situations he faced in his life were definitely worth taking note of.  I therefore wanted to take the time to share his story and share some of these life lessons he learned with you.  I hope you enjoy!

At age 19, author Andy Andrews lost his mother to cancer, his father died in a car accident and he dropped out of college, penniless.  He began living on the street.  But one day, another homeless man gave Andrews a library card.  It was the turning point in his life.  He began reading the biographies of famous, successful people.

Learning how other people achieve success became an obsession for him.  Today, he’s the best-selling author of The Traveler’s Gift, a novel about a man who time-travels and meets figures from history who teach him lessons in living.

In the article, Andrews shares some of the principles he’s learned from history and current greats:

Be Responsible and Make a Decision.  Harry Truman kept a famous sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.”

Seek Wisdom.  Listen to the guidance that is offered by people you trust.  Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo because he failed to listen to his troops.

Be a Person of Action.  Seize the moment.  Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to build a computer system that became Microsoft.

Have a Decided Heart.  Ignore rejection.  Let passion be your guide.  Joan of Arc was only 17 when she led the armies of France against the English.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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