Can one piece of advice turn your life around? Yes, it can. One piece of good advice can set a life on a never-dreamed-of course. The person one becomes and the path one pursues in life often pivot on a chance encounter, a fortuitous word, a gratuitous helping hand.
Vince Reardon reached out to 101 high achievers—not celebrities, but men and women who have made a difference in the lives of others—and posed one question: “What one piece of advice do you wish you had received when you were graduating from college or starting out in life?”
Notable contributors include:
- Adam Riess, Ph. D., astrophysicist and 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics
- David Lim, hero and survivor of the collapse of One World Trade Center on 9/11
- Arnold Palmer, living golf legendary
- Victoria Hale, Ph.D., founder of first non-profit pharmaceutical company
- Eugene Kranz, NASA Flight Director for the Moon Landing
- Eric Topol, M.D., Professor of Genomics at Scripps Research Institute
- Vin Scully, the “Voice” of the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
- William Bolcom, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and two-time Grammy Awards winner
“The Pocket Mentor” captures these invaluable tips and life lessons for you.
What do a mountain climber, a cellist, a NASA flight director, an ex-convict and a police officer have in common? Two things. All are leaders who have made a positive difference in the world and they, along with 20 other notable Americans, are profiled in “Legacy: Passing on Cherished Values in a Values-Starved World.”
During 2008-2009 as the world economy teetered on the brink of financial collapse, concerns mounted about America’s declining values and leadership in the world. Day after day the media related stories of amoral Wall Street bankers, out-of-touch CEOs, womanizing politicians, drug-doping athletes and over-the-top talk show hosts and their enraged listeners. Vince Reardon found 25 men and women of true distinction who held themselves to a higher standard of conduct.
Notable Americans include:
- Stacy Allison, first American woman to summit Mt. Everest
- Robert Ballard, the discoverer of The Titanic
- Marva Collins, legendary educator, recipient of National Humanities Medal
- Richard Cook, ethical dissenter who blew the whistle on cover-up of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster