Good morning, my friends!
I hope you're enjoying this week with a hot beverage in hand; the cold weather isn't for the faint of heart.
We're less than a month away from the release of Mom Dad Not Hear: 30 Powerful Stories and Lessons about Leadership, Life, and Love from My Deaf Parents.
This week, I want to share with you the five reasons why I wrote this book.
Reason #1 – A Low-Key Bucket List Item
I still have the baby blue "Young Author" t-shirt from elementary school – the moment I thought being an author would be cool. The idea of writing a book didn't come to mind until 2014 in adulthood, and it didn't become a reality until 2023.
Reason #2 – 2014 Was for Me, 2024 is for YOU
I initially wrote the bones of this book as part of National Novel Writing Month in 2014. Nearly ten years later, I was determined to finish it, so YOU could read it. Interestingly, this book had three titles: the one in 2014, the one in 2023, and the one I am publishing it with in 2024.
Reason #3 – Today’s Actions Write Our Legacy
In my office, two framed items consistently remind me of this. The first is the framed note cards from my father's eulogy. The final words I shared in my father's eulogy were, "I've got your LEGACY from here." You can read the entire eulogy transcript in the book.
The second framed item is a print from a company called Baseballism (big fan, not sponsored). On the print, it reads, “The name on the front of the jersey represents who you play for, the name on the back of the jersey represents who raised you. Do them both justice.”
Whether you’re 18 or 81, your actions today contribute to your legacy for better or worse.
Reason #4 – Write a Different CODA Book
I’ve read nearly all the books written by my fellow CODAs. Many are good, few are great, and none are like this one. I wanted to write a different book, a book that showed the positive side of being a CODA and the attributable lessons that can be pulled from the stories.
Three parts, 30 chapters – a look inside a great culture few understand.
I hope Mom Dad Not Hear helps you better understand the positiveness of the Deaf culture.
Reason #5 - Enlighten Leaders About the Valuable Lessons
There are so many leadership principles leaders can use from the Deaf community to build elite team cultures. I’ve touched on a few in this book, but there are so many more I have yet to share.
Want a different perspective? Try incorporating what you have learned about Deaf culture into your team’s culture.
Whether you are part of this awesome Deaf community or you’re here because you want to learn, thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting, and thank you for what you’re going to do in the future.
This week's book recommendation:
This week's book recommendation is one written by a fellow Michigan author. I don't know her, but I just finished her book and enjoyed it!
Until the Streetlights Come On: How a Return to Play Brightens Our Present and Prepares Kids for an Uncertain Future by Ginny Yurich
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