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Early in the spring, I was reading through "No More Dreaded Mondays" on a train trip to a speaking gig.  I had finished "48 Days to the Work You Love" and I was mulling over the next steps on my life journey. There were several questions and passages that stood out from both books.

In "No More Dreaded Mondays," Dan wrote:

Remember that most of this process is still looking inward. What are your unique gifts? What are you drawn to? What is it that you have enjoyed over the years? What are your recurring dreams? That's where you're likely to find your calling.

I started thinking about my passions, my skills and what I really loved to do. And I asked myself, "What do I know that I could share with others?"

Also, in "48 Days," there was a question and I was mulling over the answer to it:

What service or product could you promote?

Within a short time, I had this burning feeling about a book which was forming in my mind.

A year ago, I took up barefoot water ski competition for the first time in my life. Despite training with the top two World Barefoot Champions, I found myself scrambling to figure out what to do and which tournament to enter first. Some of the information was in one website, other information was scattered in other places.  I entered four tournaments that summer. The whole experience was both scary and exhilarating at the same time.

Then an idea came after doing the work from Dan's books:

I need to write a guide which will help other newbie competitors so that all of the information about competition is in one place!

On that train trip, I started writing. By the time I arrived home from the trip, most of the book was written. I published the book "Barefoot Water Skiing, From Weekend Warrior to Competitor," in June of this year.  The first edition was only 50 pages, but I quickly doubled it after interviewing past and current competitors.

But here's the good part:

It started with a great update from a guy who entered his first tournament after reading the book. He had been barefooting for years and finally got the courage to compete. He had thought he wasn't good enough, but after reading the book, he drove for hours to ski a tournament in another state and did very well.

Then the tournament director out east sent me a text. Three new guys had skied their first tournament after reading my book. One of them was over the age of 50, the other two were over 65. Which means you're never too old to take your passion to the next level!

And one night, a guy from Mexico reached out on Facebook. He purchased the book and asked me several questions about competition and he connected with the head of the World Barefoot Council.  For the first time, Team Mexico competed in the Barefoot Worlds held in Texas last week.

Thanks Dan, for inspiring this book!

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Comment by Karen Putz on September 16, 2012 at 7:01pm

Thank you, Lynne! Forward is a great direction to go in!

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Comment by Lynne Watts on September 16, 2012 at 6:41pm

Karen, what an inspiring story.  Just watched your video on your website and I love it!  Your story is so unique and your video of you skiing is just  amazing.  Keep moving forward!

Comment by Karen Putz on September 7, 2012 at 2:45pm

Larry, thank you! Take the inspiration from Dan and move in the direction you want to go in! Blessings to you!

Comment by Karen Putz on September 7, 2012 at 2:44pm

Thanks Dan! I keep remembering those words from your workshop: TAKE ACTION! :)

Comment by Larry E Mason on September 7, 2012 at 1:59pm

Karen, Just the pick up I needed.  Be Blessed, you are a blessing.

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Comment by Dan Miller on September 7, 2012 at 8:31am

Karen - I love hearing about your story - moving from thinking and dreaming to specific action.  Stay Inspired!

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