September 11, 2001, changed everything. It shook us to our roots, destroyed the illusion of security and set us on a new course. For a brief period, after the 9-11 attacks, Americans were drawn together. We had a common purpose. We cared for one another. Now, only 17 years later, Americans are isolated and distrustful. Those who don’t agree are portrayed as enemies. It’s their fault that things aren’t the way they should be. Introspection morphs into finger pointing. Taking responsibility fades into blaming others.
One Stupid Mistake--Smart Decision-Making in a Crazy World is a book about decisions. It’s about personal responsibility and turning things around one at a time. I picked 9-11 as the release date for two reasons:
It’s time for reflection. It’s time for a silent moment of remembering. And it’s time to bring the country back together, before we experience another national tragedy.
It’s my son Casey’s birthday. He turned 17 on the day terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Centers claiming so many innocent lives. I was away, working in another city on his birthday. Our celebration became a time of mourning.
This year I am dedicating the day and the release of One Stupid Mistake to his honor, hoping that the world will change again...this time for the better.
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