I recently spent a week driving up the Oregon Coast with Cassie. It was my second time going there, Cassie’s first. I took one book with me on the trip, Don Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Days” (amazon affiliate link).
This is a book about story. It talks about how to write great stories. More importantly, Miller talks about how to live a life filled with great stories. This is an excellent book for marketers to read, mainly because creating great stories is what we do and Miller provides a number of insights that any of us can benefit from.
But Miller’s book holds a deeper significance and it is one that almost anyone can benefit from reading. In it, Miller shares with us how he started living a life with intention. He took stock of his life and realized that he wasn’t doing much with it. He then began taking steps to create a better story for himself to live.
Miller realized a few things that all of us can benefit from. First, life is not meant to be easy. It can be downright painful at time, but it is the pain that helps us become better human being. Pain helps us appreciate life that much more. By working through pain, we create stories that are worth remembering.
Second, life can feel pretty ordinary at times. Even when we do fun things, sometimes they just are not memorable. Miller talks about how we can improve this by doing even small things to make incredible memories for ourselves.
Third, no one is perfect. Despite all of the hard work and many accomplishments, Miller is quick to help us understand that as he “edited” his life, what he was doing was a process. It was not perfect and it didn’t have to be. It was about living a beautiful life filled with fun, love, pain and mistakes. It was okay to screw up.
Donald Miller is an amazing writer and this is an amazing book that deserves to be read by anyone who is looking to change their lives for the better.
Donald – Thank you for opening up your story for all of us to learn from.
Chris – Thank you for sharing this book and helping me find it.