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drew's latest book

Life Without a Parachute

isn't intended to provide you with a number of pat answers or simplistic solutions. Think of it, rather, as a guide, an executive summary of how to address some of the key issues and challenges facing anyone who is consciously going through the process of reimagining themselves.


Consciously is the key word here, for a journey of self-discovery isn't for everyone. While many are quite content with their circumstances and not interested in altering them, there are others who are considering or reconsidering their options and looking for alternatives.


If you are happy with yours, there is no need to read further, but if you are not and are contemplating making some changes, you might want to continue."




I invite you to read from Life Without a Parachute:

Chapter I - Marching to the Beat of your own Drum


Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience or your own convictions. Dag Hammarskjold


Over the years, as I continue to coach, learn and evolve, I have come to believe that each of us has a reason or purpose, if you will, for being here - something deep in our soul that drives and motivates us, that engages both our heart and our mind, fills us with peace and fuels our will to live.


Only a very few come into this world knowing what their purpose is. There aren't many Mozarts. For most of us, finding our purpose is trial and error, mixed in with a lot of living. It may take a long time. At least it did in my case, but as I was to learn, it is better to start late than never start at all and settle for living a safe, thin life.


In her novel, In America, Susan Sontag wrote, "each of us carries a room within ourselves, waiting to be furnished and peopled, and if you listen closely - you may need to silence everything in your room - you can hear the sounds of that other room inside your head."


I was in my early fifties when I vowed, after much soul searching, that I was going to listen closely to the sounds in my other room - to the whisperings I had too long ignored.


I decided to stop for awhile, to find my truth. I didn't know what the journey would bring. All I knew was that I had to go where life seemed to be guiding me next. I wasn't going to be happy again until I did.


A journey of self discovery isn't for everyone, I know, but there is an ever growing number - perhaps you are one of them - who are looking for alternatives, for a way to maximize their potential.


They want to stay interested, interesting, fully engaged and empowered to better fit in today's new realities - even if that means making some changes.


It's funny about change... we humans resist it tooth and nail, even when we know we shouldn't; but change can actually be a good thing. None of us are who we were when we started out. Times change.


Circumstances and people change - and change us, just as we change them. Along the way, we pass through many lives - putting on and taking off each one like taking off an old coat and excitedly slipping into a new one.


With an eye on the future, many today are considering or re-considering their options, searching for more opportunities, looking not only for something more meaningful but rather for what Joseph Campbell described as the feeling of being alive. But what and why?


That's what this book is all about. It is a guide to the art of rebooting your life and regaining the feeling of being alive - using a specific set of creative skills you can learn and put into practice.

Contrary to accepted wisdom, you are not defined by what you do. Life is not only about the bottom line and the GDP. Nor is it only about the money and your goals and aspirations.


It is about who you are, what you stand for, what you truly care about and the people in your life whom you love and who, in turn, love you.


Deciding to dare, to walk out to the end of the limb (again) isn't an idle task. It is a game changer, with a whole new set of exciting, challenging guide posts, markers and rewards.


Daring to change takes courage, it's true, but it is equally true that being willing to break from your past doesn't always mean giving up the "good life" and all that for which you have worked so hard. Nor does it mean you can't be consistent with your entrepreneurial, money-making instincts and skills.


However you wish to label this search - following your heart, finding your voice - ultimately it all comes down to a search for meaning and how to live with purpose, compassion and joy.


If the truth be known, marching to the beat of your own drum has little to do with conventional techniques, established reality and the dictates of society and the market place.


What is has everything to do with is your attitude, your willingness to trust yourself, to be vulnerable and open to change, eager to explore, curious and, above all, brave.


It is hard work but nothing of any value comes easy - not in the real world. I wish I could say that wasn't the case but it is. What I can say, though, is this: Whatever your situation right now, and whatever your goals or dream, it is never too late, nor too early for that matter, to be who you are, to say yes to life, to awaken or reawaken and live each day with passion, purpose and gratitude.


Letting go of the familiar takes courage, but if you feel it is time to advance, resolve today to close the door behind you and move on, marching to the beat of your own drum.

If not now, when?



Now available - second edition


Life Without a Parachute

A guide to reigniting your spirit

Life Without A Parachute speaks to readers who are searching for answers and a deeper meaning to their lives.


Regardless of your age or where you are on your journey, if you are questioning your life situation and are considering making some changes, then this book is for you.

Kindle edition

For more information, rates, or to set up a meeting: Email drew@drewsimmie.com or call direct 416.450.8867.