I frequently quote someone who has had a great influence on me--Orison Swett Marden. I've referred to his story in presentations and even did a podcast on him. I finally got hold of a copy of his biography published shortly after he passed away nearly a hundred years ago. It so inspired my heart, I just had to share it with you.
If you are discouraged or just want an uplift, I invite you to come and hang out with him. Few of us have had to live through the kinds of setbacks he had in his life, yet he rose above them all with joy. His influence was felt by millions around the world, yet hardly anyone has heard of him today.
His story, for one thing, teaches us the power of stories in our lives.
If you have read the Language Arts book in the Mother's Learning Library, he wrote the book on advice to young writers. I think you'll agree he knows what he is talking about.
The audio recording of his life story has just been added to mybelmonde.com under Westward Expansion Great Lives. Do let your kids listen in, although it may not grab them until about Chapter 3.
I will be so bold as to say it may just change your life.
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