Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life [NOOK Book]

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Discover inspiration where work and dreams meet

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 ...

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Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life

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Overview

Discover inspiration where work and dreams meet

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 ownAmerican 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 leave for your children? What's your silver lining?
—Tami Longaberger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470925904
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 429 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 America.

1. Love Where You Live: Finding Joy at Home.

2. Only In America: Seizing Opportunities and Finding Silver Linings.

3. Lessons From Purple Hands: Learning Work Ethic from my Father.

4. With Feet Planted: Learning Respect for our Country.

5. A Pocket Full of Coins: Connecting With Bravery and Honor.

6. An American Privilege: Being a Voice for the Voiceless.

Part 2 Integrity.

7. The Legacy of Right and Wrong: Learning From Mom and Dad.

8. Right Is Right: Taking the High Road Behind the Scenes.

9. Parenting With the End in Mind: How I Worked to Instill Responsibility and Work Ethic In My Children.

10. Making Things Right: A Consultant's Story of Longaberger Values.

Part 3 The Power of Positive Thinking.

11. Getting it Right: The Struggle Toward Self-Confidence.

12. Our Minds Are Double-Edged Swords: The Power of Positive and Negative Thinking.

13. Finding Balance: A Four-Part Recipe to Positive Thinking and Harmony.

Part 4 Enthusiasm.

14. Reflecting on A Legacy: Dad's Enthusiasm Was Contagious.

15. From the Homestead To the Office: Promoting Enthusiasm.

16. Feeding Joy: How I Remain Enthusiastic.

17. Applause! One Consultant Reflects on Finding Joy and Purpose with Longaberger.

Part 5 Learning.

18. Cream Pies and Ohio Buckeyes: Defying My Dad and Going to College.

19. Supporting My Kids: Why Education is So Important to Me.

20. What Diversity Can Teach Us: Lessons in Tolerance.

21. Longaberger 101: Improve Yourself and Pass It On!

Part 6 Family.

22. Thick and Thin: Sticking Together as a Family.

23. Memory Making: How Family Traditions Became Our Glue.

24. The Best Medicine: Laughter is Critical for Any Family.

25. Expanding My Family: Opening Doors for Longaberger Consultants.

Part 7 Courage.

26. Learning to Pull Myself Up: Finding Courage Within.

27. Empty Shoes at the Bee: Finding Courage in Loss.

28. Grace In The Trying: Finding Courage in Difficult Circumstances.

29. Horizon Of Hope: Finding Courage in Illness.

Part 8 Sharing & Giving Back.

30. Hands In Dresden Dirt: My Love for Nature and the Beauty of the Earth.

31. Random Acts of Kindness: Teaching My Children the Joy of Giving.

32. Come Along With Me: Sharing My Days With Others.

33. Landing In The Desert: Sharing Business with the Women of the Middle East.

34. Philanthropy: A Way of Life.

Part 9 Gratitude.

35. Remembering to Say “Thank You”: Important People, Important Moments.

36. A Posture of Gratitude: How I Live With A Grateful Heart letters to kids.

37. How Can I Say “Thanks”? A Consultant's Gratitude.

38. Grateful to You: People Make Longaberger What It Is.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    A wonderful picture painted with words of a life within the family legacy

    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....

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

    Prepare to change your life

    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.

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