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This week marked the end of summer for me. My kids went back to school and I buckled down to complete the first season of my podcast. It was a great summer, admittedly the right length, and now I need to get back to work.

I spent the summer seeking inspiration from various sources and stumbled upon the Audible version of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run. I was in search of a good autobiography to meet the required reading for a storytelling class I was taking in June. Not only did I stumble upon a great read/listen in Born to Run, the course professor ended up being a HUGE Springsteen fan.

I’m a sucker for a great personal story and this book hit the mark in so many ways and contained messages I needed to hear as I built my consulting career and launched my podcast. The fact that the Audible version has Bruce telling the story himself is icing on the cake. His gravelly voice and cadence was true Springsteen and you could hear his emotions come through when he reflected on important pieces of his story, whether good or bad. While long, 18 hours and 16 minutes, it kept me company as I drove from Utah to Iowa and back this summer and it paired well with the spectacular sunrises I saw reminding me there are greater things in this world.

My take-aways from the stories he shares are the leaps he took in his life and career, from buying his first guitar from the Western Auto Appliance store, band name and member changes, to the dedication of improving his performance and writing skills through today. In every moment he explains it feels as if he knew he was taking chances but also that those changes were based on a strong internal direction he knew he had to pursue. He risked not only himself, but asked others to stand side by side even in an unknown future. I applaud his boldness to keep to his own vision and artistry and enjoy his music even more knowing the journey and courage it took for him to succeed.

I hope you enjoy the read. What have you been reading that inspires you?

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