"Learning from our prior experiences, we can, and should, aspire to fulfill our dreams, making life better not only for ourselves but for others around us," Dave writes in the introduction. "I am of the belief that you do not have to be a mayor of a major metropolis or CEO of a Fortune 500 company in order to take a stand for your convictions; to lead, rally, or educate others for your cause; or to maintain a vision that will pave the way for other generations to come. The everyday, hardworking folks, God bless 'em, have and always will continue to, day in and day out, truly make an impact on their families, communities, jobs, America, and the world as a whole."
Dave Pelzer walks readers through the process of learning how to turn the experience gained from past hurts into the power to live a better life and help others do the same with his trademark wisdom, support, and tough love.
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About the Author
Dave Pelzer is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including the acclaimed memoir A Child Called "It." He is also a popular speaker in the US and abroad, and host of "The Dave Pelzer Show" on VoiceAmerica. He lives in Rancho Mirage, California. Visit his Web site at www.davepelzer.com.
Hometown:Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:1961
Place of Birth:Daly City, California
Education:High School equivalency certificate
Table of Contents
Preface: Your Beliefs xi
1 Learning to Let Go 1
2 Better for You, Less to Carry 17
3 You Gotta Believe 41
4 Use It or Lose It 67
5 True Leaders? 91
6 Stepping Up 109
7 The True Mentor 130
8 Holding the Line 148
9 Living Your Life 167
About the Author 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For me, this is the essence of life: Accepting the situation for the reality of what it truly is ad accomplishing what needs to be done to advance oneself for the greater good of all, no matter cost or sacrifice. [excerpt from the book]Moving Forward: Taking The Lead in Your Life by Dave PelzerCenter Street, June 2008 (ARE)Nonfiction (Self-Help); 192 pgsI haven¿t a clue how to review a book like this. Self-help books cater to the individual on a very personal level, often times requiring deep thought and inner reflection. The questions we ask ourselves and the thoughts we ponder as we read a book like this are not always easy ones to face¿some we may not even come to consider until long after finishing a book, particularly if we decide to apply it to our lives.There¿s also the problem that not everyone will hear the message the author is trying to convey. There could be a lot of reasons for that. Perhaps the person is not ready yet or maybe the message is not one the reader needs to learn. It could be, too, that the author¿s method and style do not connect with the person trying to take in the information. That is no one¿s fault, of course, just a fact of life.Quite frankly, I do not often read self-help books. Rarely, actually. I could count on one hand the number of self-help books I have read. I guess it says something that I remember them though, doesn¿t it? It is just not a book category that I gravitate towards in general. I do love to read inspirational stories, but usually those come in the form of a novel or memoir.Whenever I begin a self-help book, my hackles automatically go up. Who is this person and why does he or she think they can tell me something about myself that I don¿t already know? I know me best, after all. Eventually, the writer wins me over though and I start to pay closer attention. I may not always learn something I did not know, but I do find validation, inspiration, and sometimes even get a kick in the pants to motivate me to change or do whatever it is I need to do.When I was offered the chance to read and review Dave Pelzer¿s latest book, Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life, I was a little hesitant. Did I really want to read a self-help book right now? Would I gain anything from the experience or would it be a waste of my time? After careful consideration, I decided to give it a chance. I admit the identity of the author played a huge part in my final decision to give it a try. Dave Pelzer is a man I admire and respect, and I was interested in hearing what he had to say.I first came across Dave Pelzer years ago when I was encouraged to read his first book, A Child Called It, the author¿s account of his abusive childhood. I went on to read two more of this books, The Lost Boy, about the author¿s time in the foster care system, and A Man Named Dave, the author¿s entry into adulthood and in coming to terms with his past.A Child Called It and The Lost Boy are staples in my office. The books make the rounds every other year or so, new people encountering them, reveling in the author¿s story¿not because of the terrible childhood Dave Pelzer had to endure, but more so because of what an inspiration Dave Pelzer became. Despite all odds, he rose above a terrible past to make something of himself and to give back to society. He served in the United Air Force and has worked with at risk youth much of his life. He offers hope to abused and neglected children¿and hope to those of us who are trying to work with and help those kids. He doesn¿t reach out to just those kids or people who have been abused, however. Dave Pelzer speaks to all of us.In his book, Moving Forward, Mr. Pelzer makes a point of saying that he is not just the ¿child-abuse¿ guy. His life story is not so much about what happened to him as it is about his journey to move forward in life. It is all of our stories, really. We all have made mistakes, been through difficult times, and felt helpless at one point or another. It is what we do
Everyone has ¿crap¿ in their life. Pelzer establishes this in Moving Forward. His challenge is for everyone to move forward and prevail. Through self-pride and a prevailing attitude, he believes everyone can be who they should be. If anyone is a testament to that, he is. He also instructs his readers to not use therapy as a crutch. Be optimistic. Be a leader. Be happy. It is all possible, but Pelzer believes you have to get over the present and past ¿crap¿. You also have to be self-assured enough to handle all future ¿crap¿ that is going to come your way. If you are ready to quit whining, read this book!