Thoughts for a New Year

To laugh often and love much,
to win the respect of intelligent persons,
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to give one’s self;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived —
this is, to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to Dig Where You Are

In 2008 I set out to find seven people in the world I had once known. Each was busy solving problems that had stumped experts and governments for years. Not only had they found a way forward, but in the process had empowered the people around them to join the effort. When I started this project my objective was to figure out what it was about them that had enabled them to succeed. I wanted to know how and why they had done what they did. I think I also wanted to know the answers to questions that many people ask: Is there something great that I should be doing with my life? and if there is – how will I know it? If not, why was I given this life? What is my purpose?”
Now at last – the book is ready to share with all of you. January 17th is the official publication date. In the meantime follow me here on this site, on Facebook at Dig Where You Are (please hit the “Like” button so you will get updates), and on Twitter @digwhereyouare – for news and stories about what it means to Dig Where You Are.