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More filters. Sort order. Make the Impossible Possible is at its best when it tells the story of author Bill Strickland, his Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its development, and the people affected by the project. Following the arc of his life from childhood to CEO is interesting, and its genuinely exciting to read about the connections he makes with companies who come to invest in Machester Bidwell.
Every story of a child who escapes the ghetto through art or adult who turns their life around through a Bidwell traini Make the Impossible Possible is at its best when it tells the story of author Bill Strickland, his Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its development, and the people affected by the project.
Every story of a child who escapes the ghetto through art or adult who turns their life around through a Bidwell training program is inspirational and feel-good.
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I would have liked more of those Chicken Soup for the Soul moments. The book is weakest in its advice, although this likely varies depending on the reader. For me, Strickland's "find your passion and do it," "make who you are your work" admonitions weren't surprising or helpful. Also, the notion that money won't make you happy, fulfilled, or successful--if you haven't chosen to be a librarian, teacher, social worker, etc.
Strickland's documented actions advise readers much better than his direct advice. You see him have an idea and almost on impulse start shopping it around to bureaucrats and businessmen.
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There's no fear of failure, no doubt about success, as he seeks funding for a multimillion dollar complex to house a "poverty center" previously stationed in a junkie-infested condemned home. And he does it. The unspoken message is that we have a responsibility to make a better world, and if you should have an idea to do so, don't sit on it, don't set up hurdles, don't doubt.
Just go do it. Once you get through it, you'll find the book to be as enjoyable as it was previous to the jazz p age. May 13, Donald rated it liked it. An inspring account of one man's desire to create places of inspiration in inner city Pittsburgh and combining those with arts, music, and job training centers to give people who are "poor" a passion in their lives and to give them skills and a meaning for their lives to get them out of "poverty. View 1 comment.
Nov 19, Chris Miller rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting read about a guy that finds ways to develop himself and others around him by finding different ways to overcome obstacles. If you are a dreamer or visionary, or think you are, then this is a good book for you.
Bill highlights the power of making your visions come true, but also shows some of the obstacles that occurred along the way to realizing several of his visions. There are some interesting points that he makes in this book, as well as some good examples for people wanting to im Interesting read about a guy that finds ways to develop himself and others around him by finding different ways to overcome obstacles.
There are some interesting points that he makes in this book, as well as some good examples for people wanting to improve the lives of others in their communities.
While I found this book to be a quick read, and liked several of the stories about his contributions to improving the lives of people in an at-risk community, I was wanting a little more depth on some of the "how" he did things.
He mentions getting political alignment and support on several ventures, and it is clear that he leverages his network of people very well to accomplish his goals. But I would really have liked a little more detail on this as I think this is an area where many people could use some help, especially those that may not be as outgoing as Bill seems to be.
Overall, this is a good, quick read that I would recommend to others, especially those that want to help improve the lives of others, or improve their communities. Bill's leverage of the arts to improve people's lives was really interesting, and I would not have considered such an approach to have as big an impact on the lives of others.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Look for the things that inspire you, trouble you, make you feel more alive, and trust in those things to shape you future. They will give you all your heart could ever wish for ; Aug 17, Cara rated it it was amazing. Inspriring, great read. Read in Japanese. Learned the importance of art and a few more things. The book should be simpler and thinner. Mar 24, Jackie Wayman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful story about one man navigating through his younger years and emerging as someone who will make a difference for a multitude of people.
Jan 22, T. Inspirational and motivational. For some reason, I found the title and the cover of this book off-putting. It made me assume that it would be a self-help book full of instructions on how to lead a better more productive life.
But, eventually I brought myself around to it, and I am so glad that I did. Bill Strickland grew up in a lower-class neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh.
His chi http: His childhood had all the markings of the disadvantaged - an often absent and perhaps alcoholic father, little money, and negative influences around each corner.
Strickland did, however, have a strong and determined mother, and her influence on her son is obvious throughout this book. In high school, Strickland meets an art teacher who teaches him how to throw clay pots - an artisitic endeavor that absolutely enchants Strickland. A couple years later, at the age of 19, Strickland becomes the teacher - attempting to bring the magic and hope he found through art to other kids in his neighborhood. His attempts are not immediately successful - and he runs into roadblocks left and right - he lacks funding, and he finds it difficult to convince others to support his endeavor - both financially and by coming to his center.
But, as the decades go by, Strickland builds a learning center that services both youth and adults - and not just in ceramics, but in kinds of artistic disciplines and job training. He surrounds himself with beauty to teach the people he works with that they deserve to live such a life.
While telling his story, Strickland does adopt a lot of self-help language - about never giving up, believing in your dreams, etc. But, while sometimes repetitive, it is not condescending or annoying. Rather, Strickland often speaks in concrete terms.
I appreciated how he shared his through process - how he came up with new ideas and how he went about raising money for his projects.
He shared the times he failed, and was open about his own bout with alcohol and apparent depression. He gives ample credit to the corporate leaders who support him and admits where he went wrong with certain ideas.
Strickland's project is inspiring. It makes me wish there were centers like his in every city - and I was happy to learn at the end of the book that there is a similar one in San Francisco called BAYCAT www.
But, the message of Strickland's book is not to go out and start one of these centers, but rather to find the thing in life that you are passionate about and to pursue it. It's a simple message, but one that we obviously forget as we get older and life seems to get in the way. But, Strickland's words and examples go a long way to showing that this is the only way we can lead a meaningful and productive life, and it's a message I think we could all stand to hear over and over again until we get it right.
My boss recommended that I read Strickland's book, about a man who helps underserved communities in Pittsburgh grow orchids. Of course, the book is only partially about orchids. It's really about a man who was lucky enough to find his passion early in his life and found a way to make all of his passions into reality. As I read the first few chapters, I thought this book was the kind of gift I would give to lots of different friends and make it a necessary read for the interns at work.
I learned a My boss recommended that I read Strickland's book, about a man who helps underserved communities in Pittsburgh grow orchids. I learned a great many things from Strickland. The first and maybe the most important lesson is that everyone can live their best lives if they follow their passions.
I truly believe Strickland's gift is the Manchester Bidwell corporation in Pittsburgh where he has created a state of the art job training facility, built by one of America's leading architects, full of sunlight, full of beautiful art, a gourmet food cafeteria, and a fountain. Why a fountain? Because everyone deserves to work and dream in a beautiful space and see what a beautiful life can look like.
This book is not Strickland's gift. Each chapter is almost exactly the same. First, he discovered pottery. He loved it, so he started an after school pottery program.
Second, he wanted to bring opportunities to his neighborhood, so he took over a job training program and made it into one of the most beautiful places to work in Pittsburgh.
Then he fell in love with commercial piloting, so he became a pilot. Then he fell in love with orchids, so he got funding to build a greenhouse and have a program for orchid growing.
You get the point. Oh, and also, did I mention he won a MacArthur Genius grant? Because he'll tell you every fifth page or so. One of his greatest passions is jazz. So, of course, he added an auditorium for great jazz musicians to play at Manchester Bidwell, and a recording studio that produces Grammy winning albums. But he uses the idea of jazz all the way through the book. Jazz to him is about listening to your inner music, to improvise the musical notes that are your inner resources to make beautiful music through living your best life.
One time around this theme would have been enough, but he brings it into every chapter, without really changing the tune. Strickland's book actually answered a question I asked in my earlier review of Mountains Beyond Mountains, about another genius grant winner, Paul Farmer.
I wondered if that book was so good because the story was so compelling or because it was a good book.
Clearly, a great man with a great calling is not enough to make his story great. The last lesson learned from Strickland, This is the fourth and hopefully the last for a while book that I was required to read for work. I highly enjoyed this book, which largely centers on the author's personal journey towards success and inspiration, and his philosophy for how to approach life. It's hard not to be inspired by Strickland's story of coming from poverty and the ghetto and deciding to stay there and make a difference for other children living in poverty.
It's little wonder that he has received national recognition, si This is the fourth and hopefully the last for a while book that I was required to read for work. It's little wonder that he has received national recognition, simply by being the living embodiment of his approach to life; "authentic success, the kind of success that will enrich your life and enlarge your spirit, the only kind of success that matters, comes from knowing and trusting the deepest aspirations of your heart.
Although he loves helping people, he's very clear that he does what he does because it was only choice he had to be true to the person he is. In like fashion, the training center and community arts program he started is largely inspired by his passions.
He loves jazz so the center has a jazz performance hall with famous musicians and its own recording label. He loves orchids, so it has a greenhouse and a successful horticulture training program. This is not to say that he's self-absorbed or that it's all about him but that his heart is behind everything he does.
When people thought he was crazy for attempting the initiatives and new programs that he did, he persisted, because he knew they would serve his ultimate goal of inspiring youth the way he felt inspired. Another aspect I found inspiring in Strickland is his knowledge that he can't do it alone. Strickland is seemingly brilliant at networking and making connections between who he knows and what he is trying to accomplish.
For example, working with Bayer to start a Chem tech program. Strickland did not let his fear of the unknown squelch his desire to learn and reach his goals. He's willing to work hard and go out on a limb for what he believes. Strickland is the definition of an innovative and persistent soul who makes things happen. I was lucky to see Bill Strickland speak in person several months ago, giving the slide presentation he describes at the start of this book.
His presentation was riveting for the same reason that this book was - it's incredible what this man has accomplished, especially given the barriers he faced starting out in life. I was blown away by his talk, and in this book he lays out how he put together each piece of his school in Pittsburgh and explains the philosophy he has developed along the way. Tw I was lucky to see Bill Strickland speak in person several months ago, giving the slide presentation he describes at the start of this book.
Two pieces I particularly loved are: He backs this up with many success stories of his former students. He describes poverty as a "cancer of the spirit" that can be cured through spiritual nourishment, including beauty, purpose, and opportunity.
The feeling that lights you up should guide you, rather than an overly specific endpoint. Possibly the most incredible thing about this book is how practical the lessons he lays out are, despite the grand scale of the things he has built.
I think they're applicable to anybody who chooses to truly take them into their own lives. The book is a quick read and I'd highly recommend it. This is the story of how a man from Manchester, PA, a forgotten poverty ridden area close to York and Pittsburgh, turned his life around when a high school ceramics teacher turned him onto throwing pots and listening to jazz.
Bill Strickland went on to college, but more importantly, to begin a program for other students with his objective being to inspire them as he had been inspired.
His school has grown into a premier project of one man's belief in the need for the human spirit to be surrounde This is the story of how a man from Manchester, PA, a forgotten poverty ridden area close to York and Pittsburgh, turned his life around when a high school ceramics teacher turned him onto throwing pots and listening to jazz.
His school has grown into a premier project of one man's belief in the need for the human spirit to be surrounded by beauty, to have purpose, to be engaged in their own lives, to be responsible and to be spiritually nourished. Our failing school systems are using an outdated model, meant for a different time and place. Maybe it's time we take a lesson from a school that is working to empower people and give them the skills to be successful in today's world.
I highly recommend this book. I don't know how to rate this with stars. It was poorly written, repetitious. But it was inspiring. I am passing it around to people, the story of Bill Strickland's work to create something wonderful in a ghetto, using the arts, job-training programs, partnerships, and his own personal enthusiasms. I especially liked this remarkable man's notion of how you follow the route that your life seems to want to follow. You must listen closely to those moments that make you feel good, when you forget ev I don't know how to rate this with stars.
You must listen closely to those moments that make you feel good, when you forget everything extraneous. It might be a line of music or a phrase in a news article or a moment in the theater or in cooking a meal. Dec 31, Pages. Dec 31, Minutes.
Bill Strickland has spend the past thirty years transforming the lives of thousands of people through Manchester Bidwell, the jobs training center and community arts program he founded in Pittsburgh. 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 build a better, brighter future. In Make the Impossible Possible , Bill Strickland shows how each of us, by adopting the attitudes and beliefs he has lived by every day, can reach our fullest potential and achieve the impossible in our lives and careers—and perhaps change the world a little in the process.
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.
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.
People are born into this world as assets, not liabilities. 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. 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. And most important— it works. Here is the cure to what ails this country. Take it home.
Read it. Then live it. This is the book for you. By telling his remarkable story, Bill Strickland shows us that an impossible notion is just an idea nobody had the guts to try.
Like the man who wrote it, this book is inspired and inspiring. Make the Impossible Possible will show you how you can achieve even your wildest dreams. However we often will never forget things that inspire us. Now you can read about how he was driven to build it.Country Capital Dominica Roseau Association: What about it makes me happy?
Details if other: Now open your eyes, everything in green will spring up before you. The book should be simpler and thinner. Its only when you associate alcohol with dullness, road accidents, and even death that change will occur. Studying one subject each day for five days and finally revising all the five subjects on the sixth day.
These questions made me think about it.
Focus on, what you want rather than what you dont want. Chandra Shekhar to cure his dreaded disease, or like Roger Bannister who used a imaginary reference that he can run a mile in less than a minute.
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