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On Failure and Faith [New Book Available for Free Sep 26 to 30, 2019]

On Failure and Faith

On Failure and Faith

The most interesting two-year journey created this new book On Failure and Faith. My greatest success was followed by my greatest failure. And then? The greatest lesson.

On Failure and Faith

In early September of 2016, I received an email from Prime Time Productions, distributor of The Secret documentary film that was written and produced by Rhonda Byrne. I was informed that my personal success story was being included in Rhonda’s upcoming book titled How The Secret Changed My Life: Real People. Real Stories. They would also be mailing me copies of this book and The Secret: The 10th Anniversary Edition, both personally autographed by Rhonda herself, as a thank you to me for sharing my story with them a year earlier.

I was thrilled! I was in Bangkok, Thailand, at the time and scheduled to return home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the end of the month—just in time to receive my shipment of free books from them. What a wonderful way to cap a memorable six-month working holiday which was the latest in several bucket list items I had realized over the past three years. I seemed to have caught some type of prosperity wave after months of focusing on love and gratitude—on wishing for both “good luck” and “good news” in my life—and this email from Prime Time Productions told me I was still riding it.

With results like these in my life, I felt confident in my decision to take the next big risk. Who wouldn’t? I planned to focus 100% on building my business rather than using yet another full-time corporate sales job as a crutch upon my return home.

It never occurred to me that I might fall from grace at that point—not as far down as I did, anyway. I figured failure was somehow a thing of the past for me. But no. Far from it.

Fall From Grace

What happened next was possibly the most humiliating thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. It really shook my faith and had me questioning everything I believed in for a time. Still, through this catastrophe, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the benefits of failure and the dangers of having a “success is the only option” mentality—a lesson that, in retrospect, I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Failure isn’t the opposite of success. In fact, it is a crucial step along the pathway to success because it provides the greatest opportunity for adaptation and growth. Failure forces you to adapt and grow in all the ways you will need to in order to sustain your success in the future.

I am healthier and wiser because of a prolonged and challenging failure I experienced from the summer of 2017 through to the summer of 2019. I’m also grateful the experience came at this stage in my career when there was very little at stake. My faith is now restored and stronger than ever. My gratitude and sense of humour are both intact once again. I’m ready to talk about it now, and I hope the manner in which I share my story makes you giggle as often as it makes you cringe. I pray for goodness and spiritual growth to come from writing this book—for all the characters mentioned in it, whatever your faith may be.

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Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog … new and improved! Times are changing, and we’re changing with them so we can better serve our authors and blog subscribers. We’ve updated our website and blogging platform so we can include everything altogether in one convenient location. The old blog address, https://blog.polishedpublishinggroup.com/, will be dissolved by the end of this year. Previous posts from early 2019, and all new ones going forward, will be published here: https://polishedpublishinggroup.com/blog/.

Welcome to the PPG Publisher's Blog

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

You can still find all the old posts, from the past nine years, in these two free ebooks: Diary of an Indie Blogger: My Roadmap to Success VOL 1 (PPG Publisher’s Blog) and Diary of an Indie Blogger: My Roadmap to Success VOL 2 (PPG Publisher’s Blog).

They are both available from your choice of Amazon*Kobo, or E-Sentral.

* For whatever reason, sometimes Amazon changes these books from $0 to a higher price. If you find that these books are not free of charge on Amazon, then please download them from Kobo or E-Sentral. They will always be free on those two platforms and can be downloaded directly to your desktop if you don’t have their e-readers.

In fact, there are many more valuable books available on these three ecommerce sites. Make sure you check them out.

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

In addition to our regular publishing services, PPG now offers a wide variety of online courses on writing, publishing, marketing, audio production, et cetera, for aspiring and established authors. Watch for our new podcast interviews with successful authors in addition to more new online courses and books. We’re excited about PPG’s new direction in our 10th year in business. We hope you are, too.

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As a user of this website, you are authorized only to view, copy, print, and distribute the documents on this website so long as: one (1) the document is used for informational purposes only; and two (2) any copy of the document (or portion thereof) includes the following copyright notice: Copyright © 2019 Polished Publishing Group (PPG). All rights reserved.