Each month, founder of Cardinal Rule Press, Maria Dismondy, will be reviewing business books she is currently reading. Along with a brief review, she is sharing some of her favorite quotes from the book.
When his first book tour ended, Brad Montague missed hearing other people’s stories so much that he launched what he dubbed a Listening Tour. First visiting elementary schools and later also nursing homes and retirement communities, he hoped to glean new wisdom as to how he might become a better grownup. Now, in this playful and buoyant book, he shares those insights with rest of us –timeless, often surprising lessons that bypass the head we’re always stuck in, and go straight to the heart we sometimes forget.
This book was a quick read with so many nuggets of wisdom I wanted to remember that I started bending down the corners of many pages (big no no in the book world!) It’s a beautiful reminder to find joy in the ordinary, just as children do every day.
The cover was designed like a baby board book but it did not hold up well at all and the cardboard began to divide. That’s my only complaint is the actual construction of the book isn’t made to stand time.
Favorite Quotes from the Book:
1. “We become more fully alive when we listen to the child within us.“
2. “[Children’s] unassuming honestly, open generosity, and playful curiosity brought me back to the child I once was and the grouwnup I so desperately wanted to become.“
3. And then I tell them, ‘My grandfather always said [now shouting], “Age is irrelevant! It is what you do with your life that counts!“ This quieted them.
4. “Kids find joy in things we grownups might ignore. They play with boxes instead of the presents inside the boxes. They like more than the expensive toy that the bubble wrap they just see things differently than we do.“
5. “The call can be heard in the healing words of mentors, guides, and loved ones all around. Maybe, also, if we open our eyes, we’ll begin to see it, too. We’ll see true images of what it looks like to grow elder. We’ll see to recognize our elders, celebrate them, listen to them. And year by year, wrinkle by wrinkle, step by step, we’ll cheerfully become them.“
6. “What do you love about what you do? Throughout the night, I heard her ask this same question of many other people. She didn’t do so in a scripted or robotic way. This was an intentional thoughtful question from an intentional, thoughtful person. “
7. “The more I heard kids talk about the people they admired, the more I wanted these kids to tell those actual people. Sure, I enjoyed their stories. But I couldn’t stop wondering what sort of good might happen if they spoke this appreciation to their loved ones directly. With that idea in mind, I decided to try something. I began presenting kids with this fill-in-the-blank: I am ________ because you were _________. It’s pretty simple. Like, you might say: I am CONFIDENT IN WHO I AM because you were ALWAYS ENCOURAGING ME.“