Make the Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary

Bill Strickland

The founder of Pittsburgs Manchester Bidwell, two training centers dedicated to giving troubled kids and disadvantaged adults the training to transform their lives, offers lessons from his own experiences to show readers how to achieve deeper and more meaningful success in their careers and lives.


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Book Information

Publisher: Broadway Business
Publish Date: 01/27/2008
Pages: 232
ISBN-13: 9780385520546
ISBN-10: 0385520549
Language: English

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January 14, 2008

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, and author of Make the Impossible Possible , has had a huge impact on thousands of people throughtout his years of being involved in the community. Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmens Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center, have created a jobs training center and community arts program that gives disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better, brighter future. If you're not familiar with Bill and the amazing work that he's done, take a couple minutes to visit his homepage and browse around. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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""Success is the point where your most authentic talents, passion, values, and experiences intersect with the chance to contribute to some greater good."
"--Bill Strickland
According to MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award winner Bill Strickland, a successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment. It is a realization Strickland first came to when, as a poor kid growing up in a rough neighborhood of Pittsburgh, he encountered a high school ceramics teacher who took him under his wing and went on to transform his life.
Over the past thirty years, Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and built a better, brighter future.
Strickland believes that every one of us has the potential for remarkable achievement. Every one of us can accomplish the impossible in our lives if given the right inspiration and motivation to do so. We all make ourselves "poor" in one way or another when we accept that we are not smart enough, experienced enough, or talented enough to accomplish something. Bill Strickland works with the least advantaged among us, and if he can help them achieve the impossible in their lives, think what each of us can do.
Among Bill Strickland's beliefs:
People are born into this world as assets, not liabilities. It's all in the way we treat people (and ourselves) that determines a person's outcome
The sand in the hourglass flows only one way. Stop going through the motions of living--savor each and every day. Life is here and now, not something waiting for you in the future.
You don't have to travel far to change the life you're living. Bill grew up in the Pittsburgh ghetto, four blocks from where he came to build one of the foremost job training centers in the world. He now speaks before CEOs and political leaders, church congregations and civic leaders. You only need to change your thinking to remake your world.
Through lessons from his own life experiences, and those of countless others who have overcome their circumstances and turned their lives around, "Make the Impossible Possible" shows how all of us can build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger and set the bar higher, achieve meaningful success and help mentor and inspire the lives of others.

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