Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Book “Success for Teens”


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Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking to my son’s sixth-grade class. It was their graduation ceremony from elementary school.

I shared lots of ideas with the kids and their parents. And when the speech was over, I presented each of them with a book called Success for Teens. The book is by the good people at the Success Foundation. You can learn about them here.

Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:

One: Little Things Matter

Two: Attitude is Everything

Three: Use the Moment

Four: Everything Starts with Small Steps

Five: There’s No Such Thing as Failure

Six: Habits are Powerful

Seven: You’re Always Learning

Eight: Make Your Dreams Come True

All the kids + their teachers + the principal received a book. I still have some boxed up at home. They are not doing anyone any good sitting in my basement, so I’m giving away five copies*.

It’s a great paperback book and makes a nice gift – whether it’s for a student moving into middle-school or high school; or a young person graduating from high school – the principles covered in the book are timeless and very helpful.


enter to win a free book

Your Chance to Win One of Five Copies

To enter the random drawing for the book, all you have to do is leave a quick comment below. And, please, be sure to provide a valid email address so I can contact you if you’re one of the lucky winners.

Entries need to be made by 11:59 EST Sunday, May 11th.

The winners will be drawn sometime on Monday (May 12th) and announced here on the blog on Tuesday, May 13th.

Thanks and good luck to you!


*U.S. shipping addresses only

Freebie Friday Book Giveaway: “Success for Teens”

Success for Teens Giveaway


Let’s face it:  the pre-teen and teenage years can be tough for kids (and their parents).

Bodies are changing.  Hormones are raging. It’s a crazy time.

What if you could find a resource that really spoke to your son or daughter?  In a language that made sense to him or her?

“Success for Teens” is the answer.

I first became aware of the book as I was listening to a Success Magazine CD on my way to work.  Darren Hardy, publisher of Success interviewed John Fleming, the director of the Success Foundation.  Mr. Fleming gave a high-level overview of each of the book’s chapters.

I was impressed.  And had to find out more.

After getting a hold of the book and reading it, I wanted to share it – with kids, teachers, and parents.

While the book is obviously geared toward teenagers, the topics covered are timeless.  You can be 15 or 50 and still come away with some great information.

It’s never too late to learn.  (Click here to tweet that little nugget of truth.)

Here are the awesome chapter titles:

  • Little Things Matter
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Use the Moment
  • Everything Starts with Small Steps
  • There’s No Such Thing as Failure
  • Habits are Powerful
  • You’re Always Learning
  • Make Your Dreams Come True

Doesn’t that sound like a book that would be great for your kids?  Or someone you know?

During a presentation I gave at my son’s sixth grade graduation ceremony (last year), I quoted many of the passages in the book.

It is FULL of good stuff!

Here’s the thing.  I’m not a professional speaker, but I am very comfortable speaking in front of groups.

Even though I’m not a pro, I know when a presentation is going well.  Such was the case that evening.

The kids and audience were engaged.

Students were hearing the message.  Parents were excited to hear it too.

At the end of the evening, while the cake and punch were being enjoyed, I stood at the side of the room and gave away books – and refrigerator magnets that said “Make Good Choices”.

I gave away almost a hundred copies that night.  Every sixth-grader, the sixth grade teachers, the principal and vice principal.  They all got a book.

That’s how strongly I feel about this book.  Yes – it’s that good.

It’s Time for a Giveaway!

The first Friday of each month is Freebie Friday here at  I missed last week because my wife and I were totally engulfed in another graduation.  Nate, our 18 year-old, graduated from high school.  {A bittersweet moment, but that’s for another post.}

His commencement services were June 2.  His open house was June 9.  It was a flurry of crazy-busy activity.

My blog suffered.  Nothing got published that week.

Turning a Negative into a Positive

I was all set to give a way five (5) copies of the book.  Since I missed the first Friday, and since I am so excited to share this fantastic resource with you, I’ve decided to double the deal.

I’m giving away ten (10) free copies of Success for Teens.  (Click here to tweet that.)

By the way:  if you’re a teacher or the leader of a youth organization, you can get free copies for your class or group.  Simply visit the Success Foundation site for details.

Success for Teens books


Here’s How to Win

There are only a three hoops to jump through in order to get your name into the hopper.

1. Leave a comment below.  Be sure to provide your email address so I can get in contact with you if you’re selected in the random drawing.

2  Tell me how a book like this might help you and/or your kids.

3.  Tweet one of the tweets shown above.


That’s it!  Easy-squeezy!


I will accept names up until Sunday night at midnight (June 16, 2013).  Then, by the middle of next week, I’ll pick the lucky winner.

Good luck to you!



*U.S. mailing addresses only.

**Make sure you provide a valid e-mail address.


Your Public Library–Still a Great Place to Belong


Ahhh, the Smell of a Good Book

We’ve become so electronically-minded that we often forget about our public library system.  That’s a shame.

I have a library card and use it almost EVERY week.

A lot of times, I’ll be surfing the web and come across a new book or an author that I want to check out.  Most of the time, I click over to and see what’s up.

I usually do the “look inside” and read a few chapters of the book that I’m investigating.  I also check the ratings and reviews.  If it’s something I want to pursue, then I log into my local public library and reserve the book.

Easy, huh?

The local branch of my library is just two minutes from home.  It’s close to our favorite grocery store, so it’s really a no-brainer to stop there on the way home.

Reading is Fundamental.  Yes:  I’m a Bookworm.

Truth be told, I’m a bookworm.  I’ve been one for a long, long time.

Books have been my BFF since I learned to read.  Most kids are so sick of school when it ends in the Spring, they want to get as far away from it as possible.

Crazy me:  I signed up for a summer reading program right after school ended between third and fourth grade.

The Daniel Boone series and Wide Horizons were two of my very favorite books.


Book Give Away Coming Soon!

Speaking of books, I’ll be giving away a copy of this one in just a few days.  Moms and dads need all the help we can get.  This book offers some good advice.  I will be shipping off the freebie to a lucky winner during the first week of March.

Stay tuned.

Now…get friendly with your local library.  You’ll become good friends too!

Your turn:  Do you have a library card?  Do you use it? Leave a comment below!

Happy New Year!

Hey bloggers!

A new year and a new decade.  Can you believe it?

January’s Freebie Friday is set for the 15th.  Not quite sure what the giveaway item(s) will be yet.  I think it would be appropriate to give away something(s) that had the “new”, “clean” and “de-clutter” theme.  Stay tuned for more info.

Hey… and the blog are up and running.  Check them out and let me know what you think.  I’m not giving up this blog (no way!).  I just wanted to create something new for the new year.  The goal:  a site that features artist and craftspeople interviews and the best craft-related info on the web.

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