This book, “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?” is SO inspiring! I watched the show when it was on MTV and I LOVED IT! Those boys are so much fun, seem really sweet, and are all adorable.
This book tells the story of how they started as a group, where they were in their lives, and how they got their name. They started out feeling lost and wanted something more. So together they came up with a list of things they wanted to accomplish. So they set out on the road in an RV, one thing lead to another, and people wanted to help them everywhere they went. They started a movement with their dreams.
I’ve cried more than once watching their show (which aired in 2010 and 2011 on MTV.) In addition to cross items off their list, they pay it forward and they help people they meet, to achieve one of their goals.
This book is a compilation from thousands of answers to the question, “What do you want to do before you die?” that the boys gave to their favorite artists to interpret the drawings. This book also has the fun stories behind how the boys crossed off certain items off of their lists along with pictures and the dates they occurred.
Like this one, which was #95 on their list, Play Ball With the President, and it took them 2 years to accomplish.
“Death has an interesting way of simplifying life. Fears, worries, and pride seem to fall away. You get more courageous and more honest when you’re reminded that you’re going to die soon. It’s that clarity and honesty that helps you decide what you want to do with your life.”
There are a variety of serious and fun items in this book such as:
I just adore these boys and their spirit! They prove that you really can make your dreams come true. They show you to not be afraid and go after what you want. A trip that was originally was supposed to only be two weeks turned into 7 years for them. They are so admirable and I love the message they are sending to people of all ages. Life is short, grab opportunities while you can, and life your life to the fullest!!
“Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World,” by Maria Shriver offers solid advice. It’s nothing revolutionary but it is real, useful, advice. She is a real supporter of women and is honest in this book about failure, marriage, starting work from the bottom and working your way up, career, and motherhood. She shares her own experiences about her life and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
One of my favorite quotes from the book, “As a wise person once told me, and it actually was the same wise person as before: “If I could spare you the pain you’re experiencing, I wouldn’t – because I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you’ll gain from having gone through it and come out the other side.”
Here are her ten lessons she covers in the book:
1. First and Foremost: Pinpoint Your Passion
2. No Job is Beneath You
3. Who You Work for and With is as Important as What You Do
4. Your Behavior Has Consequences
5. Be Willing to Fail
6. Superwoman is Dead…And Superman May Be Taking Viagra
7. Children Do Change Your Careers (Not to Mention Your Entire Life)
8. Marriage is a Hell of A Lot of Hard Work
9. Don’t Expect Anyone Else to Support You Financially
I recently was at an event where Maria was talking and she is such an inspiring speaker and she is so down to earth. I am a big fan of hers and really enjoyed this book.
Lea Michele is one talented lady. I recently read her book and like her even more now than I did before. She is so stylish and really knows how to play up her figure. I love when she wears dresses with high leg slits. She rocks what she’s got and makes no apologies. She exudes confidence and it shows.