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Home Grown Legacy: Life, Ladders and Learnings in the World of Home Improvement

On Monday, February 25 at 5 PM Eastern, I welcome Erik Dardas, author of the forthcoming book, Home Grown Legacy: Life, Ladders and Learnings in the World of Home Improvement to Your Book Your Brand Your Business. Erik and I have been collaborating on this project for the past year and look forward to a springtime release.

During the interview, he’ll share his motivation for writing and publishing his book, a few lessons learned over his 33-year career with Home Depot, and how his Midwestern upbringing and Christian faith fostered his professional and personal development. We will also take your questions from the live chat.

Here’s a bit more about the author and Home Grown Legacy:

Michigan native Erik Dardas began his career with Home Depot as a part-time associate in the company’s Fort Lauderdale Florida store in 1983, following in his father’s footsteps. When he first donned the signature orange apron, he had no idea that what started out as a second job for extra income would soon transform into a 33-year career with the world’s largest home improvement   retailer. He wrote Home Grown Legacy: Life, Ladders and Learnings in the World of Home Improvement to highlight the service and dedication of retail employees and leaders, affirm the value of a strong work ethic, and express his gratitude to company associates, managers, and officers for helping him grow into a better man, leader, husband, and father. He is currently retired with his wife and fellow Home Depot veteran Pam, splitting time between New Smyrna Beach Florida and Two Rivers Wisconsin.   

How does a “hard-charger” who once got himself demoted recover to achieve remarkable success with the world’s most iconic home improvement retailer? In Home Grown Legacy: LifeLadders and Learnings in the World of Home Improvement 33-year Home Depot veteran Erik Dardas offers readers a no-holds-barred account of his own screw-ups, successes and learnings. Struggling with the daily pressure to honor the legacy of his own father as well as company founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, the Mike Rowe of the retail industry boldly shares the down, dirty, and often shocking details of dealing with the public, managing employees, and controlling one’s own behavior.

Along with merchandise, human nature is on full display for better or for worse, but as Dardas relates from his own experience, you have a choice in both retail and life: you can either allow its complexities to break you or build you into a better human being. In the tradition of Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, this motivational book celebrates the timeless values of work ethic, integrity, and leadership – qualities that, in today’s rapidly evolving business climate, all participants – whether new to the workforce or seasoned members of management – could greatly benefit from.  

Tune in on Monday, February 25 at 5 PM Eastern for Your Book Your Brand Your Business with author Erik Dardas. In the meantime, follow him on Twitter @DardasErik, connect with him on LinkedIn @ Erik Dardas, and like his Facebook page, Erik Dardas, Author.

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‘Flying Warrior’ Author Jules Harper on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

United States Navy veteran and author Jules Harper joins me on Monday, January 28 at 5 PM Eastern to discuss his book, Flying Warrior: My Life as a Naval Aviator During the Vietnam War:

A Vietnam veteran takes you into the cockpit and shares true stories of his flying career in this compelling memoir.

In this action-packed memoir, Jules Harper recounts the unique process of becoming a naval aviator, revealing his experiences as a brand new pilot in a combat squadron and, finally, a flying warrior.

He survived two combat cruises aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk from 1966–1968, compiled 332 career carrier takeoffs and landings, and was shot at daily by enemy fire while completing 200 combat missions over Vietnam, and shares the views of the aviators who flew along with him on these missions while fighting this unpopular war. A recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, twenty-one Air Medals, and many other accolades, he offers readers a new understanding and appreciation of the warriors who protect not only their comrades in arms, but the defense of the nation as well.

About the Author:


Jules Harper is uniquely qualified to write about combat missions over Vietnam as he personally flew 200 combat sorties from 1966-1968. As the public affairs officer for his attack squadron stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, he wrote many articles about his squadron mates’ missions that were published not only in newspapers and magazine but were also used in television shows. As a highly decorated Naval Aviator, after retiring from a major airline with 33,000 flight hours, he has been the President of a Veteran’s club, served on the board of directors for the Naval Air Historical Society in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and given presentations to other clubs. Companies have hired him to give inspirational talks.

You can preview and purchase his book in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.com, where it has received multiple 5-star reviews.

“Jules has captured the stark essence of the air war in Vietnam. I thought I knew what those guys were going through at the time, but I really didn’t. Between December 1965 and May 1966 I served as a flight surgeon assigned to two A-4 squadrons (VA-113 and then a complete cruise with VA-112) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk during combat operations mostly on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.  Many of the pilots in this special book were my dear friends.  I found several of their names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. which I visited last year.  This book is very readable in a most unassuming and matter-of-fact way.  Jules had an amazing career ultimately with two hundred combat missions.  Those trips up north had to be terrifying.  Not one A-4 pilot ever used me to shirk his duty.  I flew as a crewman a good deal in the “Whale”, the A-3 tanker, and rode through several night cat shots and landings.  So, I did have an inkling of an idea about naval carrier operations.  Maybe that’s part of the reason why this book had such an emotional impact on me.  Thank you, Jules, for the book and for your honorable and unassuming contribution in what turned out to be a thankless job.  I remember seeing soldiers and sailors during WW-II as a six-year-old in 1943 at Union Station in Chicago that were traveling by train across the country.  We were there to see my cousin (US Coast Guard).  I remember girls and bands and balloons.  There was nothing like that when we came home from Vietnam.” ~  John F. Murphy, M.D., Retired US Naval Flight Surgeon, 1965-1969.

“Jules, I was very impressed!  I know you said you had some historical reference material but, even so…I’m totally amazed at how much of the ‘detail’ you could recall.  I’m sitting there reading – and can almost ‘hear & feel’ the ‘action taking place around me’. Thank you so much for taking the time and putting forth the effort to do this.”  ~ John Lones, Jules’ squadron mate

During the live interview, Jules will discuss his motivation for writing his book and why he waited until now to publish it, the process by which he wrote the book, reader reactions, his best and worst memory of Vietnam, and so much more. We’ll also take your questions from the chat room. Please tune in on Monday, January 28 at 5 PM Eastern to Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Jules Harper.

In the meantime, discover more about this decorated Vietnam veteran and author at his website: www.juleshharper.com.

Author’s Note: I made a correction to the post after publishing the wrong website. I apologize for the error.

Bestselling Author, Book Cover Designer and Interior Formatter Matt Margolis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Are you thinking of writing and publishing a book? Discover why interior formatting and book cover design are vital to your success as an indie author when bestselling author, book cover designer, and interior formatter Matt Margolis joins me on Your Book Your Brand Your Business. Tune in on Monday, January 21 at 5 PM Eastern when Matt will explain how to use cover design and formatting to attract more readers, sell more books, and achieve greater success.

I have collaborated with Matt – a former architect who is now running his own graphic design business – on multiple projects over the past several years, and his work is exceptional. You can discover more about him at his website: www.logotecture.com.

Here are what a few satisfied clients have to say:

“When I needed a cover designer to match the existing style of my first book, Matt accepted the challenge and exceeded my expectations. Not only was he able to match For Steam And Country, but he did a better job than the original designer. The new book is my best book cover I’ve ever had!”

— Jon Del Arroz, author at Superversive Press

“After all the time spent writing, editing, and rewriting we often just want to see our book in print — but people judge books by their covers and it’s at this stage where we destroy our chances of success. Thanks to Matt, my book now has a fighting chance to compete!”

— Adam Thursday, novelist

During the live broadcast, we’ll take your questions from the chat room. Join Matt Margolis and me on Monday, January 21 at 5 PM Eastern.