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How one woman found the path to happiness along an unpaved, pot-hole ridden roadway in Bhutan

Going for Broke: How one woman found the math to happiness along an unpaved, pot-hole ridden roadway in Bhutan

About this project We're told to follow our dreams and do what you love. But does that make sense with student debt rising and the economy uncertain. In this day and age, does it really pay to follow our passions? This book puts that question to the test through field-work, surveys, and interviews with folks from around the world. 

It starts, where else, but in Bhutan. One mom, three kids and their guide Tshering take on a 14,000 mile journey to find Gross National Happiness within the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Mom’s aim is to explore the relationship between happiness and economic success. Her three boys, aged 14, 12 and 9, simply want to survive the trip, which entails gross food, hair-raising road trips, and very little in the way of Internet connectivity. 

Go for broke or play it safe? Their experience forms the backdrop of a larger tale. Part travelogue, part science experiment and part good old-fashioned journalism, this book explores whether it pays to take the plunge and do what you love - by putting the question through a more empirical, data-driven lens.

Is this you? Most of us fall into work and roles that seem sensible, offer clear payback and won’t embarrass us if asked about it at a backyard barbecue. We may feel that what we really want to do is ridiculous, far-fetched, takes too long, or won’t feed the kids. We fear failure, financial instability, uncertainty, and looking foolish. In spite of our big dreams and zeal to make a difference, we let the need for control, security and certainty dictate how we live our life.

So, should you "go for it?" This book puts that question to the test: This book pairs personal narrative and global exploration with research, survey data and interviews with renowned experts and everyday folk around the world. The result is a book that gets to the heart of these issues: • Does it pay to follow your passions or is that just for a rarified few?What is the evidence to back this up?What factors are most likely to trigger success? And, ultimately, in an era of spiraling tuition costs, are we right to tell our kids, “Do what you love?” 

Please support this project. It took me 44 years and a stomach-churning spin through a mountainous Buddhist land to confirm for myself that when we stop letting fear, uncertainty and doubt dictate how we live and instead, learn to trust in joy (a combination of intuition and pluck) you really can be what you always wanted to be when you grew up. Please help me write this book: I need your help to conduct a 1,000+ person global survey and pay for the book's design and publication.

About the author In 2008, Marie Glenn left a full-time and well-paying gig as a global marketing director to enter the exciting and unpredictable world of freelance writing. She hasn’t looked back. Her clients include media and publishing organizations, management consultancies, Fortune 500 companies, and universities. She has authored, edited and developed books, papers, articles, and benchmarking reports. She ghost-authored five business books published by McGraw-Hill. Oddly enough, she’s written speeches for two U.S. presidents. Odder still, she started out not a fan of either.

About the cover: Donna Bonavita, an acclaimed graphic designer, who also happens to be one of the nicest people on the planet, designed this book cover. Thank you Donna.

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    An eBook version of Going for Broke in the format of your choice: ePub, PDF, Mobi

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    An eBook copy of the book PLUS a pretty fantastic, custom-designed bookmark filled with humorous and inspiring quotations taken from the thinkers, philosophers, and wiser-than-their-years ordinary folk that I interview.

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    All the above PLUS a delicious bounty of golden chocolate eggs to break open and munch. This will be an assortment of high-quality, golden hued, delectable morsels of chocolate hand-picked and packaged by me in your very own personalized cellophane bundle.

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    All the above PLUS a Bhutanese prayer flag procured in Bhutan and blessed there by a Buddhist monk on your behalf, then mailed to your home for you to enjoy. Prayer flags are hugely important to the Bhutanese. They are hung to allow the wind to carry their message of peace, wisdom, compassion and strength to all people, the very qualities that inspired me to write Going for Broke. Please add $10 for shipping.

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    All the above PLUS a USB drive or podcast link filled with the compilation of interviews recorded for this book. You'll find some truly amazing interviews with experts and ordinary folk around the globe, narrated by me and centered around the book's core themes. Think of it as Terry Gross meets Ira Glass, then subtract two decades worth of broadcast experience.

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    The above loot PLUS a special printed pull-out detailing the results of the global survey I conduct for the book. Does it pay to follow your passions? Find out what works and doesn't and learn what factors unite those who succeeded in Going for Broke. Gorgeous charts and pretty pictures thrown in to boot.

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    All that PLUS your name will be featured handsomely in the Acknowledgements section of the book.

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    Okay, wait for it. Everything you see here PLUS I interview you. I want to know your story. What inspired you to finally become and do what you always wanted to be/do when you grew up - or what held you back. I'll maintain editorial discretion, but I can tell already that you are very charming. So who knows, if you've got the goods, your quotables may well end up in the book!

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