Foreword by Dr. Steve Maraboli
I have the honor of writing the foreword to this life-enhancing book, Simple Reminders… If I have learned anything, it’s that life has a way of answering questions you didn’t even ask.
This wonderfully challenging journey of life offers seemingly endless opportunities to grow, adapt, or remain stagnant. There are times we come upon such realizations on our own, while sometimes relying on the wisdom of others. For me, as well as for millions across the globe, Bryant McGill is such a source. His brilliant way of sharing his experiences, philosophies, and wisdom has empowered my day on many occasions.
I am forever grateful to those who inspire and empower others. With the many twists and turns of our journey, it is the empowered mind that reveals to us that sometimes we have to lose to win… that we are greater than what we’ve settled for, and that happiness and success are more than a feeling; they’re a behavior.
Cheers to those much-needed souls who fan the flames of the empowered mind.
Life sure can hit you hard! Suddenly, when you least expect it, WHAM; life has a knack for challenging you in ways that you don’t feel prepared for. I feel like life sometimes tests and shapes you in a manner in which you feel least equipped. It seems you don’t get to choose the exercise equipment God challenges and builds your strength with.
When this is happening, it’s easy to drop into a victim mindset. It’s easy to feel stuck, defeated, and like you are a losing player in the game of life. This victim mindset argues (very loudly) that we have lost; that nothing good is on the horizon. Never forget that the volume of an argument does not reflect the validity of the argument. Just because the victim mentality argues that we are losing, doesn’t mean that it’s true. In fact, I have come to realize that during the times in my life where I thought I was losing, I was actually winning.
An empowered perspective helps me see that I can only get stronger when working against resistance. It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am. It is when we feel broken that we can become experts at mending.
The truth is, I am who I am because the tears of my past have watered the magnificence of my present. It is from my broken hearts that I learned the measure and power of true love. Every job I was denied for … opened the door to new opportunities. Every relationship that hurt me… led me to my true love. Every mistake I thought would be the end of me… pointed me towards an incredible success. Sometimes when you think you’re losing, you’re winning.
I am so grateful for people like Bryant McGill; those who selflessly endeavor to help others. I’m honored to write the foreword to his latest masterpiece. For me, Bryant is one of the greats; whose words will be repeated and shared for many years after initially spoken and written.
This book is a treasure chest of wisdom. May it help you and inspire you as you connect with his brilliant mind and the many insights of others he shares. Bryant is a friend to me; to all of us. Enjoy!
–Dr. Steve Maraboli
Internationally Acclaimed Behavioral Research Scientist
Preface by Editor, Brian Thompson
We’re all faced with unexpected challenges in our life that force us into gloomy corners and make us feel like there’s no way to ever escape. For many of us, life plods on in a lonely and confusing darkness — we’re unhappy and we don’t like it, but our life seems to be locked onto a non-stop trajectory to nowhere, with no option to stop and get off. And then there are those of us who have achieved many of their goals and have found great success, yet they still feel just as empty and as miserable as they did before, if not more so.
It’s not easy to live the life you dream of, especially when life’s struggles seem to keep getting in your way. Just when you think you’re on the right track, you get knocked down again. Because of this, many people end up losing hope and settle for much less than what they deserve. All the pains of the past and all the worries of tomorrow seem far too overwhelming to move beyond. How does a person get out of the rut they’re stuck in? How does one get past their anger, frustration and resentment?
In order to create any positive and lasting change in our lives, we need to drastically change how we view the world around us first. Simple Reminders is the book to do just that. This book will guide you towards a much simpler path, one that’s filled with happiness, love, understanding and abundance.
I’ll be returning to this book many times throughout my life so I can continue to be reminded of its simple lessons. It will inspire you to look at life with a more positive and loving point of view. It will encourage you to take control of your life and help you to understand all of the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure. Best of all, this book will teach you how to cultivate beauty in your life, using simple seeds of positive intention, so that it can blossom and bloom throughout the remainder of your days.
The book you’re holding contains an uplifting message of higher consciousness; it’s a fresh look at timeless wisdom that’s been passed down through thousands of generations by all of the world’s great spiritual teachers; wisdom that will continue to flow through every careful reader and student. The author shares true heartfelt wisdom that can only come from hard-earned life-lessons and direct experience.
Like all great books, long after you’ve put it down, its transcendent essence will continue to stick with you. Its simple truth will remind you to continue acting on its enduring message of love, acceptance, beauty and forgiveness.
Above all else, this book is a simple reminder that you always have a choice. This is the insight you’ve been waiting for to set you free.
Brian Thompson, Creator of Zen Thinking and Acclaimed Author of Sparks to Awaken.