Life is a Bicycle: A Living Philosophy to Finding your Authenticity

Life is a Bicycle: A Living Philosophy to Finding your Authenticity

by Garry Fitchett


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ISBN-13: 9781630477653
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,267,070
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in education, Garry Fitchett abruptly chose not to enter the teaching profession. Instead he followed his heart and became a business executive and eventually co-owned a business development company. Despite his business success, he longed to find deeply meaningful work that would allow him to display his authentic self. In the spring of 2012, he sold his business and embarked on a three-year intellectual journey to answer the riddle of how one goes about finding his or her authentic work. Life is a Bicycle: If You Stop Pedaling You’ll Fall Off is the culmination of that philosophic journey, revealing the efforts of his research and self-reflection.

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Historically, men and women have worked to provide the bare essentials for everyday life. Life is a Bicycle explores work’s next generation of thought and examines its higher purpose: to nurture the advancing mind and unfold the soul. It is your birthright to express yourself harmoniously through your daily work.

Timeless philosophical thought is melded with the symbol of the bicycle in an effort to communicate a truth in the only way it can be successfully communicated—indirectly. The use of the bicycle endeavors to clothe the ideal of finding one’s professional true north in a recognizable and perceptible form. It makes the metaphysical act of discovering one’s authentic work physical, understandable, and therefore, actionable.

The ubiquitous and universally recognized bicycle becomes a metaphor for work: cycling, the act of performing one’s work. Why? Because life is a bicycle—if you stop pedaling, you’ll fall off. The bicycle captures the beauty and the essence of work through analogies, principles, and parallels.

Over the course of three years, I have bicycled and performed my work as I researched and wrote this book. Three years is not really an uncommon amount of time to spend writing a book, but many would consider this slow and arduous work. However, this is one of the finer points to be conveyed—nothing feels slow and arduous when one sincerely feels they are on the right track.

"Life is a Bicycle: If You Stop Pedaling You’ll Fall Off " is really about finding your authenticity and living a genuine life of which you can be proud. Since you spend so much of your life at work, finding your authenticity is centered on discovering the work you were elegantly engineered to perform. The American author Richard Bach said, “We teach best what we most need to learn.” Finding my own authenticity was something I needed to learn. And I set out to learn this as I earnestly began writing this book in the spring of 2012.

As you read on, you are encouraged to identify and seize your unique philosophical thread, out of many woven into the fabric of this book. This will likely be a thread only you can see or feel. Upon discovery, begin at once to weave your own philosophy for success in work and life. This book contains as many formulas for success as there will be people reading it. For these reasons, you must take this information and make it your own.

One thing is certain: the alternative of not finding your peerless bicycle—your authentic work—will never lead to the happiness and life you were meant to live. Therefore, find and follow your genuine work. If you believe your talent, desire, energy, and appetite indicate a manner of work that is capable of bringing out your best—and this is the life you want—then let’s get started.

Table of Contents

Part I: Bicycles, Love, and Keys

Chapter 1: Your Invisible Engine

Chapter 2: When You Win

Chapter 3: The Illustrious Bicycle

Chapter 4: The Inglorious Work Week

Chapter 5: A Cycling Genius

Chapter 6: Two Master Keys

Part II: Why Find Your Bicycle?

Chapter 7: Introduction

Chapter 8: Four Fountainheads Reveal and Spur Your Desire, Will, and Love

Chapter 9: Intuition: To Be Heard

Chapter 10: Creativity: To Be Explored

Chapter 11: Growth: To Be Enjoyed

Chapter 12: Dreams: To Be Appreciated

Chapter 13: The Magical Classified Employment Ad

Part III: How to Find Your Bicycle

Chapter 14: Introduction

Chapter 15: Sisyphus’s Dilemma

Chapter 16: Governing Insights

Chapter 17: Exploring Insights

Chapter 18: Enlightening Questions Arouse Illuminating Answers

Chapter 19: What You Value, Clarifies the Way

Chapter 20: Defining Your Nature

Chapter 21: Writing Your Personal Classified Employment Ad

Chapter 22: Universal Laws Guide Creative Action

Chapter 23: Back to the Bicycle

Chapter 24: Paint Your Picture

Part IV: Finding Your Bicycle

Chapter 25: Elements, Qualities, and Achieving Flow

Part V: Enjoying Your Bicycle

Chapter 26: The Ride of Your Life

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