Home Grown Legacy: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail

My work as a ghostwriter offers endless opportunities to learn from other people. One of my current projects, Home Grown Legacy: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail from author Erik Dardas combines a personal story with valuable lessons learned from over three decades with Home Depot. The result is an entertaining, instructive, and motivational book that supports every reader’s personal development.

From the book description:

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: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail, 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.

As we get closer to release in late 2018/early 2019, Erik will be a guest on Your Book Your Brand Your Business to share more about his journey. In the meantime, you can connect with him on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter, and add him as a friend on Facebook.

Cover design by Matt Margolis of Logotecture.com.

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Serial Entrepreneur and Author Tom Niewulis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please join Daria Anne for Your Book Your Brand Your Business on Monday, April 23 at 5 PM Eastern when she welcomes serial entrepreneur and author Tom Niewulis. Tom has 40 years in strategic planning, financial and organizational management. He has been the Architect of early technology convergence in the 1980’s. He was the early developer of the business plan and technical architecture for the Internet business in the Independent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) business environment. Tom has written a number of business and strategic plans for startups and has participated in developing private and public offering documents.

As a serial entrepreneur, Tom has been involved in or directly starting several technology companies including what is now known as cloud computing and wireless video. He was predictive regarding IoT in 1999 when he spoke at ISPCon talking about ‘The Matrix of Connected Everything’.

Tom has consulted to Bay Area venture capitalist, small business and fortune 500 companies. Tom’s consulting company NCDCS, Inc is a multifaceted entity which gives Tom the flexibility to offer his Virtual COO consulting as well as be involved in educating our next generation of policy-makers through his work with the Samuel Adams Center for Political Science.

Due to being technically adept and business-savvy, Tom has been called a modern Renaissance man. He is well studied in the Foundation of the Republic and the Constitution, with a detailed insight of Samuel Adams and the American Revolution. He has been published internationally regarding telecommunications optical networking and digital technologies and has presented at Internet and Telecom conferences in the US and Europe.

Tom’s most recent publications are focused on political science, policy and Constitutionalism in the United States. He has a business book in the wings titled ‘Real Life Lessons Learned In Business’. His two recent books are ‘Not ALL Conservatives Are Constitutionalists’ with the newest one out titled ‘From Covenant To The Present Constitution Workbook’. Tom delivers seminars on Constitutionalism that required this newest book for attendees.

His educational background is in Physics, Behavioral Science and Telecommunication Management. His education in strategic planning was through the Naval Post Graduate School. He is self-studied in the Reformation and Early American History.

For more, visit www.ncdcs.com and www.samueladamsreturns.com.

Art Imitates Life, Then Life Imitates Art: My Water Signs Happy Ending

Ten years ago, I started writing my first novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, after a visit with a psychic unleashed suppressed memories of my first and only love. To catch up on the back story behind the book, click on the Water Signs category of my website, www.dariadigiovanni.com.

In what I can only describe as the most magical moment of my life, two weeks ago I reconnected with the real life “Ken” in person. When I saw his smiling face at the door, my nervousness and apprehension melted way, replaced by a single, comforting thought: “I’m home.” Even though I’d always known in my heart and soul we were meant to be together, the human part of me felt a twinge of doubt as I waited for him to arrive; after all, we hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years.

But God’s timing is always perfect.

The second I laid eyes on him, I realized the happy ending I’d written a decade ago was unfolding according to a divine plan. He and I share an undeniable soul connection that sustained us through two decades of physical separation and has only grown stronger over time. Now that the reunion I fictionalized in the pages of Water Signs has materialized in the physical world, it is even more beautiful than anything I’d written back in 2008. My heart is bursting with love, joy, and gratitude…and at the same time, I’m filled with a peacefulness I’ve never experienced before. This man is my twin flame, my soul mate, my bashert. Every morning, I wake up and thank God he has returned to me, though sometimes I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

As a longtime student of spiritual laws, including the Law of Attraction, and a member of Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy community, I realize now that by writing my love story and happy ending, I brought it into manifestation, with the help of God Almighty. I also know that my experience is a testament to trusting the process and His ingenious ways and sure methods…even when appearances are bleak and people who love you tell you to move on for your own sake. No matter how many times I temporarily lost hope or felt sad or missed him with an indescribable intensity, I always believed we’d find our way back to each other. And thanks to Tasha, I learned how to stay alert to “evidence,” or signs along the way.

In the next few months, I plan to release and launch a third edition of the book (once I’ve fulfilled some client obligations and projects) with an updated introduction, where I’ll include photos of the couple who inspired the characters of Ken and Madeline. For now, I’m living fully in the present moment, enjoying every second of time he and I have to spend together.

For more, visit me at my website: www.dariadigiovanni.com and be sure to tune in to Your Book Your Brand Your Business, every Monday at 5 PM Eastern. Preview and purchase Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.com.