“I usually hate books like this, but I actually loved Quitter!”
This is my favorite feedback to receive about my book, because I feel the same way.
I usually hate books like this.
Books that talk about personal growth and chasing your dream and changing the world. Why don’t I like them? Because a lot of them are based on theory, not reality. There’s a whole lot of “what if,” but very little “what is.” They’re fluffy and dreamy and full of unicorn sunshine moments. But very few grind it out when no one is watching, when success doesn’t seem to be coming quickly enough.
And after reading dozens of them, I kind of got jaded.
I started to wonder if you could really change the world. I started to wonder if you could really change your own life and the lives of other people, or was it just hype pitched by people with vibrant skin and attractive teeth?
In 6 hours, I’ll leave to see the answer to my question for the first time.
How? By jumping on a plane to Vietnam.
Today at noon, my wife and I will fly from Nashville, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia. We’ll then fly across the planet to Seoul, Korea and, from there, we’ll land in Hanoi, Vietnam. We’ll get off the plane and onto an overnight train to the highlands area of North Vietnam. And, in two different villages, we’ll see the answer to the question, “Can you really change the world?”
In those two villages, we’ll see two kindergartens that built by the readers of my blog, Stuff Christians Like.
In 2009, on a random Monday in November, I dared them to change the world with me. I asked them to help me raise $30,000 to build a kindergarten in Vietnam. I embarked on that adventure because my 5-year-old daughter saw a photo of a starving child in a book and said, “That’s pretend, right? That’s not real, right?” And when she said that, I heard her saying, “You’re not OK with that are you dad? Do other people know there are kids starving? Are you doing anything to change the world dad?” I wasn’t at the time, and I decided I needed to. That’s when I found the secret word that can change the world.
Want to know what it is?