It is a rare book that makes me question my bedrock assumptions about success, but The Wealth of Connection by Vincent Pugliese did exactly that.
“We can be generous with our time, our energy, our network, our praise, our challenges, and our words.” ― Vincent Pugliese
As a technician, I spent 20+ years honing my skills, and this pattern opened doors for challenging and financially rewarding work. However, I have found less satisfaction in my work in recent years. I collaborate well, encourage and teach, manage expectations, and deliver on time, but what I have neglected may be more important than everything I have achieved.
This book attributes success in business and life—not to skills and abilities—but to friendship that understands the needs and goals of others and commits to the thriving and success of others without regard for immediate reciprocation. According to Vincent Pugliese, this unselfish way of living inevitably produces results that include mental and spiritual well-being and financial opportunities. I believe he is right. My perspective and goals are changing as a result.
“Every Monday is like a mini New Year, giving you the chance to start fresh with a clean slate. That‘s why the weekly emails are a blessing. You can choose to complain and hate Mondays, or you can be among the select few who embrace a new, fresh start. Today with Purpose provides a pep talk, wise principles, and a vision that can help you see that life and work are meaningful. I encourage everyone to read it and start their week off right with a vision and principles that don‘t conform to the world, but instead seek to serve others and better yourself!”
A Writer and Coach Finds Simple, Actionable Advice
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— A Local Business and Ministry Leader.
A Coach and Author Sees a Message of Hope
“The value I find from Harvey‘s messages is an acknowledgment that many people feel dissatisfied, even with seemingly successful lives. His writing is such a reflection of him. Not a ‘get happy quick’ message but a message of empathy, compassion, and hope. He walks in his readers‘ shoes towards more purpose and impact. It is not quick and easy. But very possible.”