Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pedal Forward

Release: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: Cairn Publishing Denver LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9890935-0-7
Price: 11.99
Format: Paperback
Category: Self-Help/Personal Growth

These 10 lessons are rooted in a gruesome 75 MPH bike/car head-on collision along a country road outside of Wichita, Kansas. The injuries resulting from the accident were devastating: bones shattered, joints ripped apart, and blood spilt on the asphalt. With the heroic efforts of first responders, emergency room doctors, physical therapists, and after literally dozens of surgeries, I got back on my bike.

The lessons learned from this accident and related bike adventures provide a backdrop for a common-sense formula for positive, long-term life and business performance.

Told in an engaging storytelling style, these stories provide important reminders about what is critical in making life—both personal and business—a success.

I am a girl who reads a ton of fiction.  It's so nice to take a break from what I usually read and delve into a different genre.   Pedal Forward is labeled as a self-help/personal growth book.  I'm so glad I had the chance to read it.  

This book came into being because of a bike/car accident that left author Trey Hall fighting to live and heal.  He gained a lot of perspective and learned many life lessons from his struggles.  Here he shares his wisdom and insight with us.

What I love about this book is the way it put things in a straight forward, no nonsense kind of way.  Personal struggles are infused with lessons that kept my interest as a reader.  The ideas and lessons made me think.  There are so many practical lessons here that can be applied no matter where you are and what you are doing.  Here are a couple quotes from the book that I especially loved:

"If you don't get on your bike, if you don't knock and take action, if you don't ask for what you want, the door will never be opened and the answer can never be yes.  Always knock.  Always ask.  Always get on the bike and take the ride.  When you do, amazing things can happen."

"...we as human beings can do hard things.  Unfortunately, so many of us never learn that lesson because we stop short when a little discomfort gets in the way.  In stopping, we rob ourselves of glorious discovery.  We rob ourselves of getting stronger and building reserves to fortify us in the future when we need something to look back at and say, 'I have done hard things before; I can do hard things again.'"  (lesson 3)

See what I mean?  Great ideas, great lessons.  I walked away from this book feeling good, charged a bit and ready to take on the whole world.  Well, maybe not the whole world, but for sure ready to face the battle of another day.  Trey Hall doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk.  I'm better for having read his book.

You can buy Pedal Forward at Amazon.

About the Author
Trey Hall is a 26-year marketing veteran, having worked at such world-class organizations as PepsiCo, Boston Market, Quiznos, Smashburger, and TGI Friday’s.Trey has also helped the non-profit organizations, Millennium Promise (dedicated to ending extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa) and America’s Road Home (dedicated to ending family homelessness in the U.S.), build their consumer infrastructure.

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