Did you make an abrupt life change and live to tell about it?

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A New York Times journalist is writing a book on people who make seemingly abrupt life changes like picking up a serious sport, or starting a business or returning to school, and about why and how these things succeed.  The request:

"I’m looking for adults who have created transformations, who started
out as one thing then became another, and achieved some kind of
exceptional success. Maybe it was starting a business, or picking up a
serious sporting pursuit, or totally changing a way of life. I’m open.
But I’m looking for stories that are engaging or in some way unique,
something that someone would want to read about. And though I’m looking
for stories about great successes, I’m more interested in hearing about
the unique transformations that brought these successes about."

You guys never cease to amaze me with your stories, so I am sure you have some great ones for a book!

If interested, please send your contact info and a summary of your story to story.success@yahoo.com.  Ideas are due Sunday, August 10.

Thanks and I hope your story makes it into the book!

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5 Responses to “Did you make an abrupt life change and live to tell about it?”

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  2. Phil says:

    I think gregorylent is on the right track with the first comment. It all depends on how one defines success. For me, it’s being happier in life, although granted that can be interpreted in many ways also! Perhaps someone can tell me who originally said this, because it’s one of my favourite success quotes:

    Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.

  3. Ellen Hart says:

    This book sounds like a good read! I’m always inspired by people who jump off that “proverbial cliff” into a new adventure and follow their dreams … especially when they’re already settled into a secure life.

  4. Richard says:

    I can’t wait for this book to come out. It’s always refreshing to hear stories about how people escaped a life of “mediocrity” and into a life of passion. I hope she gets into some gory and scary details as well. It’s too easy to write fluff to sale books.

  5. gregorylent says:

    truly great transformations are the ones that leave the concept of success behind.

    so, another possibly good idea lost to demographics and the lowest common denominator.

    america is really weird that way.