Journey of Gratitude: A Personal Tale

Six years ago, along with my private sector focus, I embarked on a quiet journey, teaming with my colleagues at CACI (a $6.7 billion company whose mission and enterprise technology and expertise play a vital role in US national security) to drive innovation and transformation for our federal government agencies.

It is a personal calling to give back to our nation.

Amidst the pandemic’s tail end, 36 months ago, I was presented with the opportunity to author a new book on the post-pandemic future (while I am already knee-dip in my various projects). Having written eight previous books since the late nineties, the thought of another seemed unnecessary.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐€๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž:

As I began working on ‘LIFT,’ the diagnosis of my son’s multiple myelomaโ€”a rare blood cancer for someone so youngโ€”came as a profound shock. He had just started college then. The news of his illness was a thunderbolt to our hearts, but it also ignited a flame of determination.

Today, he’s more than a survivor; he’s a beacon of hope with a Zen-like calmโ€”our inspiration.

This personal battle propelled us to form NextChapter. We jumped into combat not just to our fight but also to lend our hands to others in similar struggles wherever possible. Our commitment extended beyond donations; we aimed to elevate awareness for multiple myeloma whenever possible.

๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž:

The journey birthed three books exploring the intersection of humanity, business, and technology: ‘LIFT,’ ‘Everything Connects (2nd edition)’, and ‘REINVENT.’ Beyond being bestsellers, they represent a commitment to cancer research and awareness. I pledge all book-related proceeds to cancer research and use my global platform to bring attention to this disease.

Over the last 24 months, ‘LIFT,’ ‘Everything Connects,’ and ‘REINVENT’ have become Wall Street Journal (#1, #2, and #1), USA Today, Amazon, and B&N bestsellers.

And they have garnished close to 30 prestigious awards. They have garnished close to 30 prestigious awards, including Axiom Gold, Readers Favorite Gold, Nautilus, Foreword, PenCraft, BIBA, Book Excellence, American Book Fest, Globee, Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards Shortlist, etc.

๐€ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ:

I want to take a moment to thank my friends and colleagues, my teams, my publishing partners, my marketing partners, my publicity teams, my academic and industry partners, my readers, and numerous leading thinkers and doers for your continuous support for this work. Your support has been the cornerstone of this journey.

I remain a firm believer that it is through knowledge sharing that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future.

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