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CHAPTER 1 – TIME FOR A NEW TRAJECTORY

End your unhelpful inertia
and gain momentum in another direction

Step back with me for a moment to high school science class. You recall that Newton’s first law of motion states, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Objects tend to “keep on doing what they’re doing.”

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

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CHAPTER 2 – AN IRISHMAN IN THE JUNGLE

Aidan Grimes Found His Purpose in a Bold Leap and a Long Journey

There are many angles to choose from when telling the story of Aidan Grimes—and the forces and choices that have shaped his life.
An obvious place to begin is in Dublin, Ireland, in 1964, the place of his birth. From there, you might focus on his working-class upbringing in that embattled city. It was a time of acute economic and political stress, which presented unique challenges and opportunities to a curious young boy.

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

CHAPTER 3 – THE SIGNPOST SAYS, “TURN HERE”

Watch for the Signals That Tell You It’s Time to Leap

You know you’re ready for a big leap forward in your life when you recognize a sign, be it a tiny ember glowing in your heart or a bolt of lightning that strikes you on the head.

The sign may come from someplace unexpected—a song, a movie, a Facebook post, or a conversation. It also could have been building in your mind. It might come from a fight with your spouse, a work restructuring, a catastrophe, or a health scare. An experience brings something up in your lizard brain, or maybe it’s an issue you’ve been thinking about for a long while. Or maybe it’s something you did as a kid, like suffering through piano lessons—but now you suddenly want to learn how to play pop songs on your keyboard. At the extreme, you watched a program on illiteracy in Africa and decided to join an NGO in Tanzania.

“Ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination.”
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CHAPTER 4 – SHE FOUND HER VOICE

Once Stifled and Suppressed, Susan Overland S Finally Said Yes to Her Real Self

Susan Freeman looked through the windshield of her “crappy brown Datsun” at the steady rain that had brought rush hour traffic to a standstill on a darkening fall evening in Santa Clara, California. e bleak, gray world of metal and concrete she saw outside was the mirror image of what she felt on the inside.

CHAPTER 5 – RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Recognize What’s Holding You Back and Push It Out of the Way

Webster’s Dictionary defines resistance as “the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.” With this de definition as our springboard, let’s explore what’s holding you back—those challenges from within— after you’ve seen the signs and decided to make a change in your direction and inertia.

“To fly, we have to have resistance.” Maya Lin

CHAPTER 6 – MUSIC, MAGIC, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

Leaving Behind Fame and Acclaim, Miha Pogacnik VNow Helps Transform the World Through Art

Violinist Miha Pogacnik is a modern-day wizard. True, in recent decades, words like that have lost their meaning through misuse and marketing hyperbole. When anyone with something to sell can force powerful language to serve small and ignoble goals, it’s easy to forget that such things as genuine wizardry and magic still exist.

CHAPTER 7 – CLEAR THE DEBRIS FROM THE ROAD

For a Smoother Path Forward, Get Rid of Obstacles and Obstructions

In the ancient world, before a royal retinue set out on a journey, a contingent of servants would run ahead to clear the road of debris or obstructions, making the pathway safe for those who followed. That certainly made the trip smoother and also safer. A halted caravan was easy prey for bandits or enemies.

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” Jean de La Fontaine

CHAPTER 8 – NO MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

When Her Dream Came Knocking, I Robin Hauser Reynolds Opened the Door

In 2015, the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival premiered a documentary film called CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, produced and directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds. By the time the screening ended and the lights came up, the audience had experienced a penetrating look at a social and economic issue of international importance: the dramatic lack of female programmers in the male-dominated technology industry.

CHAPTER 9 – FIND YOUR SPIRITUAL CENTER

Honor Your Beliefs and You’ll Gain Inspiration for the Journey

Over the years I’ve often heard people say, “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.” Or, “I don’t participate in organized religion, but I do have a rich spiritual life.”

Personally, I was fuzzy on the distinction between these two concepts—until I found a helpful definition on biographyonline.net: “Religion usually entails adhering to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on intellectual beliefs, but is concerned with growing into and experiencing the divine consciousness.” I’d add that spirituality is something or someone you believe in while religion is something that you belong to.

“ You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” Swami Vivekananda

CHAPTER 10 – SEEING THE BIG PICTURE IN SMALL PLACES

Molecular Biologist Richard Ebstein Turned O “Game Over” into “Game On”

Only a handful of scientists can say their research has made the front page of the New York Times—and Dr. Richard Ebstein is among them. That puts him in elite company normally reserved for Nobel Prize winners or medical miracle workers. Richard is neither, but in the mid-1990s he led a team of researchers that captured the world’s attention by providing evidence of a novel idea: that an individual’s personality is determined, at least in part, by his or her genetic makeup. It was the first time anyone had presented empirical evidence that DNA—the complex and unique genetic code contained in every cell in our bodies—could determine psychological traits as well as physical ones. Genetic blueprints, Richard and his team hypothesized, go beyond eye color and body type to influence whether a person is introverted or extroverted, adventurous or risk-averse, impulsive or overly cautious.

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