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I enjoyed a great career selling books to schools and libraries over a period of twenty -one years. During that period of time I met some great people; librarians, reading teachers, administrators and even authors and illustrators.

I have referred to this photo before but I have reflected on it many times as as I think of great authors and the talent and abilities they have in putting words together to form the chapters of a book. This is the photo of a great children’s author, George Ella Lyon and a talented illustrator, Vera Rosenberry.

Several years ago at the Utah Reading Association one of the companies that I represented that published both library (hard bound or library bound) and reading books, (paperback books), featured these two ladies as the guest speakers and presenters at the convention. My wife, Sandy took a picture of me with them and asked George Ella to autograph of her favorite books, WHO CAME DOWN THAT ROAD. Her autograph reads:

Dear Mike and Sandy,

So glad to meet you on the “Word Road.”

George Ella Lyon

When I retired from my book-

selling career I had to have my foot rebuilt due to a fallen arch. In fact, I had to have surgery twice to fix a broken screw in the fusion area.

As I recovered, I did a lot of reading both from my kindle and from books I had in my collection or books that I purchased usually from online sellers.

From my reading activities I gained an appreciation for the way people wrote but mostly for the way they used words. I have always admired a “word smith”, or those who have a “way with words.”

After my foot healed and I was free of my scooter and could walk again, my wife and I decided to some volunteer work and became “student success mentors” at a Utah based international business college. We worked with our local USA students and also many students from other countries.

Since we were free to develop our own dialogue to motivate and inspire, I decided to have a “Word of the Day” program consisting of motivational and inspirational words.

I have reflected fondly on that experience and think of those words which still inspire me today. I would like to share some of them for your inspiration.



The progressive realization of a worthy ideal or goal. It takes hard work to attain success. From Winston Churchill: “ Success is not final, failure is not final, it is the courage to continue that counts.”


The will or desire to succeed. The quality that you show when you have decided to do something and you will not let anything stop you.


The ability to do something that frightens one. The ability to face dangers and difficulties without fear.


Answerable for actions or decisions. In the event we are entrepreneurs working on our own, Who do we answer to? No One but ourselves!


I have always loved the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “That which we persist in in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do has increased.”


The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. I like to think of it as “mental toughness.” Made up of five pillars; self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships, purpose.


Trials, tribulations, difficulties, misfortune. How do we grow through adversity?


(This too shall pass!) The ability to withstand hardship or adversity, the ability to sustain a prolonged event. (None of us know how long the current event, Covid 19 will last or what we will have to endure!)


A feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement. Confidence is believing in yourself, feeling comfortable in your own true self, knowing you have worth. If you are confident people will believe you, confidence is attractive, brings success, helps to connect well with others and you generally feel happier.


The quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. Keep a gratitude journal! Notice the beauty in nature!

There are ten words to enhance your personal development! Words make up the books we read for entertainment and enlightenment!


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Michael Inman

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