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"We in America have been granted the unbelievable opportunity to search for silver linings every day. In the great expanse of this country, I truly believe that you can do whatever you set out to do---as long as you get up every day and keep trying. It's possible! Who Would have ever dreamed that my dad---a poor boy in the early part of the twentieth century---would have made a living at weaving baskets...let alone build a company that would go on to employ thousands of people? Who would have thought that in less than fifty years, I could go from ...
"We in America have been granted the unbelievable opportunity to search for silver linings every day. In the great expanse of this country, I truly believe that you can do whatever you set out to do---as long as you get up every day and keep trying. It's possible! Who Would have ever dreamed that my dad---a poor boy in the early part of the twentieth century---would have made a living at weaving baskets...let alone build a company that would go on to employ thousands of people? Who would have thought that in less than fifty years, I could go from a baby in an Appalachian cottage to CEO of this company? But in America, it's possible" "At Longaberger, we like to tell people that they can achieve their own American Dream. And one of the shining joys of my job is getting to see people whose lives are changed because of their determined efforts to find that dream and call it into reality. When I meet a person whose life has been revitalized or transformed by the opportunity Longaberger gives them, my spirit floats. It is such a magical thing when people who did not grasp their innate, raw power suddenly stretch to their full potential" "What are your hopes and aspirations? What kind of legacy do you want to leve for your children? What's your silver lining?---Tami Longaberger" "The Longaberger Company, now one of the largest direct-selling organizations in the United States, began with Dave Longaberger's dream that he could market fine, American-made baskets. Even when others said it couldn't work, the company persevered and overcame doubters by sticking to a core set of principles. These principles of success still guide the company today, under the leadership of Dave's daughter Tami. Then and now, the center of that success has been Longaberger's highly creative and engaged employees who, together with Tami, carry forward the company's one-of-a-Kind culture" "with great tenderness, transparency, and candor, Tami Longaberger opens her heart, offering readers a glimpse of her unique American Dream---the kind not handed down or given freely, but earned by hard work and fierce tenacity. Whether sharing memories of her childhood in Appalachia or accounts of reaching out to businesswomen in the Middle East, Longaberger evokes a balanced nostalgia for the sweetness of the past commingled with a passionate call for hope for the future." "Weaving Dreams prompts readers to dream bigger, think more broadly, and risk taking the road less traveled. The life lessons remind us that we are all much more similar than distinct, that we have much for which to be grateful, and that the love of family is a treasure to be valued above all else. In Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life, Tami Longaberger emerges as a clear voice of encouragement and inspiration, challenging us all to live each moment to the fullest" "Filled with common sense and wisdom that defies today's slick, impersonal business culture and lays the foundation for long-term growth, Weaving Dreams shares reflections from the heart of American doggedness, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship that will inspire you to new heights in business and life" "Tami Longaberger, The Longaberger Company's CEO and Chair of the Board, has led the organization through significant growth, product diversification, facilities expansion, and new technologies. She is the former chair of the National Women's Business Council, a federal council created to advise and recommend policy to the president, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women business owners. In 2004, she also served her country as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights held in Geneva, Switzerland. Tami previously chaired the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two bright and talented children, Claire and Matthew" The Longaberger Company is the premier U.S. manufacturer of handcrafted baskets and provider of other home and lifestyle products. It was founded in 1973 by Tami Longaberger's late father Dave. Since 1999, Tami has served as President, Chair of the Board, and CEO of The Longaberger Company. One of the largest direct-selling organizations in the country, it provides considerable income opportunity, as well as trips, recognition, and incentives to its 40,000 independent consultants.
Foreword Bernie J. Kosar Kosar, Bernie J.
Part 1 AMERICA 1
1 Love Where You Live: Finding Joy at Home 3
2 Only in America: Seizing Opportunities and Finding Silver Linings 9
3 Lessons from Purple Hands: Learning Work Ethic from My Father 15
4 With Feet Planted: Learning Respect for Our Country 19
5 A Pocket Full of Coins: Connecting with Bravery and Honor 25
6 An American Privilege: Being a Voice for the Voiceless 29
Part 2 INTEGRITY 35
7 The Legacy of Right and Wrong: Learning from Mom and Dad 37
8 Right Is Right: Taking the High Road behind the Scenes 41
9 Parenting with the End in Mind: How I Worked to Instill Responsibility and Work Ethic in My Children 47
10 Making Things Right: A Consultant's Story of Longaberger Values 53
Part 3 THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING 59
11 "Getting It Right": The Struggle toward Self-Confidence 61
12 Our Minds Are Double-Edged Swords: The Power of Positive and Negative Thinking 71
13 Finding Balance: A Four-Part Recipe to Positive Thinking and Harmony 77
Part 4 ENTHUSIASM 81
14 Reflecting on a Legacy: Dad's Enthusiasm Was Contagious 83
15 From the Homestead to the Office: Promoting Enthusiasm 87
16 Feeding Joy: How I Remain Enthusiastic 93
17 Applause!: One Consultant Reflects on Finding Joy and Purpose with Longaberger 99
Part 5 LEARNING 105
18 Cream Pies and Ohio Buckeyes: Defying My Dad and Going to College 107
19 Supporting My Kids: Why Education Is So Important to Me 113
20 What Diversity Can Teach Us: Lessons in Tolerance 119
21 Longaberger 101: Improve Yourself and Pass It On! 125
Part 6 FAMILY 131
22 Thick and Thin: Sticking Together as a Family 133
23 Memory Making: How Family Traditions Became Our Glue 141
24 The Best Medicine: Laughter Is Critical for Any Family 145
25 Expanding My Family: Opening Doors for Longaberger Consultants 149
Part 7 COURAGE 157
26 Learning to Pull Myself Up: Finding Courage Within 159
27 Empty Shoes at The Bee: Finding Courage in Loss 167
28 Grace in the Trying: Finding Courage in Difficult Circumstances 173
29 Horizon of Hope: Finding Courage in Illness 179
Part 8 SHARING AND GIVING BACK 187
30 Hands in Dresden Dirt: My Love for Nature and the Beauty of the Earth 189
31 Random Acts of Kindness: Teaching My Children the Joy of Giving 195
32 Come Along with Me: Sharing My Days with Others 201
33 Landing in the Desert: Sharing Business with the Women of the Middle East 209
34 Philanthropy: A Way of Life 215
Part 9 GRATITUDE 223
35 Remembering to Say "Thank You": Important People, Important Moments 225
36 A Posture of Gratitude: How I Live with a Grateful Heart 229
37 How Can I Say "Thanks"? A Consultant's Gratitude 233
38 Grateful to You: People Make Longaberger What It Is 239
Posted August 30, 2010
Just finished Weaving Dreams; I laughed, I cried, I dreamed, and was inspired. What an insightful, compelling woman Tami Longaberger is! I am impressed and amazed that as a working mother with such heavy responsibilities as CEO and President of the Longaberger Company she has time for such introspection and sharing.
Her writings, with the help of descriptive writer Jane Graham, lay open Tami's inner thoughts, feelings, fears and memories of her life and living that life in the limelight and at times the shadow of her father, Dave Longaberger the founder of the Longaberger Company.
I sat with this book thinking I would only read a few chapters, and didn't come up for air until I was nearly completed (and only because I had to, not because I wanted to!). Written in a conversational, easy reading style, I was immediately engaged, feeling that I was right there with Tami in her stories.
This is not a business book. It's a motivational book for women and even for men also. Whether you're new to Longaberger or have been a customer for years, this is an inside look to leading with a heart. This will inspire you to be a better person, to think more about your choices and decisions, and what you CAN DO for others.
It's worth buying, and reading, and then sharing with a friend....
Posted August 29, 2010
Weaving Dreams is a must-read for everyone! Tami Longaberger shares her lessons from life with honesty and openness. The good and the bad in her past have shaped her and now she reflects on it with warmth, humor, and confidence. Reading her book is like sitting in a cozy chair in her living room with a hot drink talking about work, life and love. You will look at your work life, family life, personal life, and spiritual life with new enthusiasm.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2010
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Posted September 28, 2010
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