Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world. Eleanor Roosevelt
I owe my deepest, most heart-felt gratitude to many people who supported my efforts to pull these thoughts together. I hope the resulting series is of use to others, but the act of writing has already been a tremendous blessing in my life. For each of you below, I want you to know the extraordinary gift you are in my life and how very grateful I am for you.
Neal and Donna Mayerson – for inspiration and encouragement to begin the undertaking, and wisdom and support to sustain the journey. The joy I have experienced in this work would simply not be possible but for you.
Ryan Niemiec and Breta Cooper – for sharing your sage insights on early drafts with candor and authenticity.
Mayerson Academy colleagues – for giving your all to extraordinary work that changes peoples’ lives for the better and for working to share those stories with others.
Robert Wilson – for your steadfast digital problem solving and tenacity.
Matthew Dooley, Molly McCafferty and Emily Babel – for your creativity and follow-through in making Fierce Character visible.
Mayerson Academy partners – for the opportunity to learn from and with you as you aim to make a positive contribution to the world.
Elaine Roberts – for your kind and careful copyediting and long-term friendship
Lisa Seabourne – for your writing tutorials. You are a wizard and I am your biggest fan.
Ben, Sue, and Sadie Rose – For being a part of everything that is the best of my life … always.