Paying it Forward

January 30, 2009 by  
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I don’t think there is a greater feeling than to know you have truly helped and lifted the life of another human being.

I think you probably know the great feeling you get when someone sincerely and enthusiastically thanks you for something you may have said or done to help them out of a terrible jam or given them great hope or motivation.

I can only imagine how it must feel to literally save a human life! I’ve never done that, but I have experienced the rush from boosting someone’s passion for living.

I sincerely think this book will help your life – – – and I hope it will ignite, or reignite, your passion for living. If I’m right and it does do that for you, please, please, please pass it on – – pay it forward to all those people around you. It may save their lives, figuratively – and maybe even literally.

If you want to help in a big way, and in big numbers, I have made this much easier for you. I will make this book available for the very low cost of only $4.00 each if you buy 100 copies. In fact, even if you buy just 20 copies, I will still provide them for just $4.00 each. If you want to buy only four copies, I would reduce the price to $8.00 each (the regular price for softback is $14.95—the regular price for hardback $21.95—or $8.00 if you buy 20 or more).

If you don’t have a hundred loved ones and friends, then I would strongly suggest that you give this book to strangers. (I have found just as much of a thrill giving to total strangers – – okay, some of them think I’m nuts, and maybe I am, but it sure feels good for a long time to be giving back and trying to make a difference when it seems like everyone just wants to take).

Try for big time giving with big numbers, and I think you’ll be surprised at how much true joy and deep satisfaction it brings you. As you probably know that great “feel good high” you get from giving is from the brain chemical called serotonin. The receiver gets a big boost in their serotonin levels but so do you. Try it—I am sure you’ll like it!


Mark O. Haroldsen

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Straying Off Course and Getting Back

January 30, 2009 by  
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This year was a dichotomy – between almost losing my friend and then spending time celebrating life with him. At 65 years old, my friends are starting to die. It makes you contemplate what you’ve done with your life. These are wake up calls that make you introspective. In this case, I became rededicated to the same themes that I have been talking about for years.

At 65 you think differently than you did when you were younger. Basically when you’re younger, it’s ME, ME, ME. I’ve thought more about contributing to the world. Men seem to have this problem more than women. Incidentally. I think that’s why I believe God’s a woman. Women aren’t out there starting wars.

We all stray off-course. However, we can go back to setting goals and creating a passionate life. It led me to the promotion of my passion for life, and to my book that expresses and shares my ideals. Nothing would please me more than to give out a million copies and not make a dime than sell hundreds of copies and make a million dollars.

My book, Ignite your Passion for Living could be life-changing for many people. It could help the world immensely. The stories from people who have read it are just beginning to come in. I’ll share them with you as I get permission.

2008 – A Year of Celebration

January 28, 2009 by  
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When I reflect on 2008, it is was a life changing year for me personally. This year was significant to me, because my life friend almost died. Stein Erickson, the 81 year old legendary skier who founded Stein Erickson lodge, has been my close friend for centuries. It shook me to the core.

When you almost lose a significant person in your life it can make you question your own vulnerability. It can also make you rededicate yourself to getting the most from life again. You get a sense of your own time on earth ticking away and recommit to making the most of being alive.

Stein was skiing when he fell because a young boy got in his path. He was knocked out, and he broke his wrist and collarbone. He was in a coma. His friends and family were flying in from all over to say goodbye. But he pulled through. Not only that, but he was well enough to go on a trip to Paris with my wife Kimberly and I this past Fall. He and his wife accompanied us all over and we had an amazing trip.

We met his nephew who was the assistant to the president of France and had dinner with them.
Here is a video we took of our time together. In the next post, I’ll talk more about the affect almost losing my friend had on my dedication to live passionately.

See Mark O. Haroldsen at Utah Costco Book Signings

January 24, 2009 by  
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Mark O. Haroldsen will be signing his new book: How to Ignite your Passion for Living at two Costco locations in Utah.

Here is the schedule.

Thursday, Jan 29th
2-6 pm at the OREM Costco

648 East 800 South

Friday, Jan 20th
2-6pm at the MURRAY Costco

5201 S. Intermountain Drive
Murray, Utah

Saturday, Jan 31st
1-5pm at the SANDY Costco

11100 S. Auto Mall Drive

Yes, that means you can purchase Mark’s book at Costco – and he’ll sign it. While there, be sure to share what ignites passion in your life and sign up for our email updates.