APWA Book Review

Congress General Session speakers a big hit with APWA members

If you didn't get the chance to hear the 2004 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition General Session Speakers—no worries. You can still "hear and learn" from these outstanding speakers by purchasing their publications from APWA. Each speaker offered wonderful and amazing stories about courage, perseverance, humor, working together and celebrating life.

Dr. Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan signed books for the attendees following their inspiring presentation.

Heather Swan and Glen Singleman kicked off Congress by speaking to APWA members about how their remarkable adventures are relevant to any business or personal challenge we face from issues of teamwork and leadership, overcoming personal boundaries, facing fear and limiting beliefs, embracing change and how to keep communicating through the toughest challenges.

In the publication Defying Gravity, Defying Fear, Heather Swan shares her inspirational story of how she took up the challenge to overcome her fears and climb and BASEjump from the highest cliff in the world. The story is an incredible adventure but it is also about pursuing one's own true purpose in life.

Defying Gravity, Defying Fear describes one woman's journey to overcome a most innate fear—to climb one of the highest peaks in the world and then jump off.

Swan, corporate executive and mother to four children, heard her mountaineer husband claim one day that "anyone could jump off the highest cliff in the world." Despite having had no mountaineering experience, she decided to be the one to take up the challenge. This involved an extraordinary mental and physical training program to prepare her to climb the Great Trango Tower in Pakistan and make a jump that would involve free-falling more than 1,000 feet before opening a parachute and floating to a glacier below. The project became the subject of a television documentary, BASEClimb 2.

Tom Morris gave a high-energy presentation on Congress Monday.

On Monday, Tom Morris delivered a message that inspired APWA members to change their lives, both at work and at home. He offered a totally new perspective on the contemporary world by linking it to another time marked by change, great thinking, and wisdom. He revealed what the world's greatest philosophers—Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Jefferson—had to say about the perpetual challenges of leadership, success, personal and organizational excellence, relationships, and personal fulfillment.

In The Stoic Art of Living: Inner Resilience and Outer Results, in which Morris continues his mission to bring philosophical wisdom into the trenches of everyday life, he shows how ideas of Stoic Philosophy—which emphasizes goals like gaining command of one's passions and achieving indifference to pain and distress—are completely up-to-date in their relevance to the practical issues people confront in the 21st century.

Divided into three accessible sections, the book focuses on three leading Stoics: the slave Epictetus, the lawyer Seneca, and the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. From the bottom of society to the upwardly mobile middle to society's very top, the book highlights how these Stoics' insights relate to modern experience. Philosophy buffs and fans of Morris's other works will appreciate this latest application of ancient wisdom to new concerns.

At the Closing General Session, David Gardner of the Motley Fool delivered words of wisdom on investing to the attendees.

On Wednesday, David Gardner, one-half of The Motley Fool, provided APWA members with insight into the critical question of "What Should I Do with My Money Now?" With his trademark irreverence and plain speak, Gardner recommended several important yet quick steps APWA members could take to survive economic uncertainty, secure their personal finances, and fortify their portfolios.

The Motley Fool's What to Do with Your Money Now: Ten Steps to Staying Up in a Down Market asks the question: "What should I do with my money now?" David and Tom Gardner, bestselling authors and cofounders of The Motley Fool, answer this critical question and recommend ten important yet quick steps readers can take to survive economic uncertainty, secure their personal finances, and fortify their portfolios. No matter your age or level of investing experience, The Motley Fool's What to Do with Your Money Now is an indispensable survival manual for our unpredictable economic times.

In The Motley Fool's Money After 40: Building Wealth for a Better Life, the bestselling financial duo shows baby boomers how to build wealth and security—and how to afford anything they want when the work is done.

Whether retirement is on the distant horizon or right under your nose, The Motley Fool's Money After 40 is for anyone who wants a stable future free from financial anxiety. Baby boomers will learn how to fortify their portfolios to weather any economic climate and live the life they want regardless of the market's peaks and valleys.

Applying the principles of common sense money management, David and Tom Gardner first explain how to predict what you will need and desire when you stop working.

Using real-life examples and action plans that eliminate the drudgery of managing your income, the Gardners will help you understand exactly how to draw up financial plans sturdy enough to transport dreams. Designed to simultaneously educate, amuse, and enrich the reader, The Motley Fool's Money After 40 is a one-stop financial guidebook for gilding your golden years.

Don't miss out...
...on these enlightening and inspirational books! Each book offers APWA members wisdom, opportunities to laugh, and strategies for improving their personal and professional lives. For more information on purchasing these publications and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at www.apwa.net/bookstore or call the Member Services Hotline at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 3560.