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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

Whatever your faith, this story will inspire (and challenge) you to look at failure in a new way.

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.

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.

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.

“Ethics is about how we meet the challenge of doing the right thing when that will cost more than we want to pay.”
~The Josephson Institute of Ethics

On Failure and Faith: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XYG9QM2/

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Kim Staflund: Meet PPG’s Founder and Publisher

Kim Staflund

Kim Staflund

Hello, I’m Kim Staflund: author of the PPG Publisher’s Blog; founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) since November 2009. For nearly ten years!

First and foremost, I want to thank you for visiting the PPG Publisher’s Blog. I hope you receive tremendous value from the information contained here.

I want you to know I plan to share so much more with you in the coming days, weeks, months … for as long as you’ll stick with me on this journey. And who am I? Why would you want to stick with me? Well, I’m someone who knows a lot about this book business—someone who can help you with your own books.

So many people are publishing books of all kinds nowadays, and they need guidance regarding best practices with everything from writing to publishing to selling those books. I’ve made it my life’s mission to help people like you navigate this mysterious business littered with acronyms and peculiar old-fashioned practices.

Kim Staflund: Meet PPG’s Publisher and Founder

As a bestselling author and TESOL-certified sales coach for authors with over 25 years’ experience in the book publishing industry, I can teach you how to write, publish, sell, print, and distribute your book(s) worldwide using all the effective tricks of the trade. Add my substantial corporate sales and advertising background into the mix, and you have a serious mentor here who can help you achieve commercial success as an author.

That’s ultimately my goal. I aspire to teach authors around the world how to sell more books worldwide. I want you to earn a living doing what you love.

Who Am I Personally?

That’s the business side of things. Now for something a bit more personal, so you have a better idea of who I am. I love travelling as much as I love writing! In 2016, I achieved one of my most cherished travel goals by going on what I like to call my “Eat, Pray, Love” working holiday in Asia. This is my story: https://www.goabroad.com/interviews/kim-staflund-2016-program-participant.

What a fantastic adventure! Not only did I visit Thailand, but I also got to see parts of China, Malaysia, and Singapore while I was there. All beautiful countries filled with wonderful people.

Okay, enough about me. Because this blog is for you. In the coming days, I’ll be adding even more helpful information here just for you. I hope you’ll visit often.

All my best,
Kim

P.S. As an additional thank you for visiting the PPG Publisher’s Blog, I hope you’ll enjoy downloading and reading these free ebooks: https://polishedpublishinggroup.com/free-books/. I’ll also make sure you’re informed whenever there are other special offers available for you to enjoy.

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