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“Put into words how I was trying to live my life and all of a sudden I was at peace.”–Anonymous

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Now this favorite book has a brand new look!

The date you were born and the date you died aren’t what really matters. It’s “the dash”—those years in between and what you do with them—that does. This wonderful book is the most searched for book in our store because it has life-changing and healing potential.

When Linda Ellis wrote the poem in one afternoon in 1996, she had no idea that it would change her life forever. In 239 words, she captured the “Simple Truths” of why we were put on this earth. Since then, “The Dash” has been published hundreds of times in books, newspapers, magazines, and company newsletters. It has also been read countless times at company meetings, graduations, and funerals.

The Dash is available in a beautifully designed gift book that contains an additional nine simple truths from Mac Anderson about what we can do to make a difference with our lives.

  • Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Page Count: 144
  • Video Run Time: 2 mins 48 secs
  • eBook Format: .epub
  • Audio Format: mp3
  • Audio Run Time: 1 hr 24 mins

About Authors

MAC ANDERSON is the founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition. These companies, however, are not the first success stories for Mac. He was also the founder and CEO of McCord Travel, the largest travel company in the Midwest, and part owner/VP of sales and marketing for Orval Kent Food Company, the country's largest manufacturer of prepared salads.

His accomplishments in these unrelated industries provide some insight into his passion and leadership skills. He also brings the same passion to his speaking where he speaks to many corporate audiences on a variety of topics, including leadership, motivation, and team building. Mac has authored or co-authored twenty-two books that have sold over three million copies. His titles include: Change is Good…You Go First, Charging the Human Battery, Customer Love, Finding Joy, Habits Die Hard, Leadership Quotes, Learning to Dance in the Rain, 212º: The Extra Degree, 212º Service, 212º Leadership, Motivational Quotes, One Choice, The Best of Success, The Nature of Success, The Power of Attitude, The Power of Kindness, The Essence of Leadership, The Road to Happiness, The Dash, Things That Grab Your Heart and Won’t Let Go, To a Child, Love is Spelled T-I-M-E, You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School, What’s the Big Idea?

LINDA ELLIS had this to say about her popular poem The Dash…

While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a syndicated radio show in Atlanta. Soon after receiving it, the host of this popular show read it on the air. Little did I know how much my life would change from that day forward. Titled “The Dash,” these 36 lines have touched millions of lives and have literally taken on a life of their own by traveling all over the world. I call it uncomplicated poetry in a complicated world, which became the slogan for my internet poetry company.

People are always asking me what, in particular, inspired me to write this poem. I believe it was a combination of things in my life at the time. It was during a period when I was working for the top executives of a very large and successful corporation. It was a strict company with a tense working environment. I began to watch how the priorities in many lives there had become misaligned. It seemed to me that the bosses were worrying far too much about that which was inconsequential in the scope of life. Also, resonating in the back of my mind were the words from a letter which had been previously routed around the office. It had been written by the wife of an employee who was aware that she was dying. I was so moved by that letter that I saved a copy of it and continue to live by her words:

“Regrets? I have a few. Too much worrying. I worried about finding the right husband and having children, being on time, being late and so on. It didn’t matter. It all works out and it would have worked out without the worries and the tears.”

What Readers are Saying

Average Rating:
4.9 (based on 133 reviews)

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Vici Mobraaten
02/52/2013 02/22/2013
  • 5.0
The Dash
The Dash is a wonderful book to be read every 6 months to remind us to take care of our dash!
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    Marthum L. Brown-Tulloch
    02/55/2013 02/25/2013
    • 5.0
    To Tears....
    I had purchased the original Dash and after reading I share it with my cousin who told me she was never giving it back to me. So when I saw this new one I had to have it. I could not put it down once I started....The stories that was added from others that have read the original Dash all brought me to tears every page I read....My mother saw me reading it and I was crying and she asked me what was wrong, after finishing it I let her read it, she told me on Saturday that I will need to buy another again because I will not be getting it back. I think I will have to purchase a case.
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      Rick Cline
      03/73/2013 03/15/2013
      • 5.0
      The Dash
      I absolutely love "The Dash". At first I bought it for my wife and I. Then I bought 4 copies for my children. I recently bought 5 more copies for friends. It is a wonderful gift of love.
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        Elizabeth McDonald
        03/77/2013 03/19/2013
        • 5.0
        Highly Recommended
        The book is outstanding! I already have the original edition, and I love the feedback from others who have been impacted by the book.
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          Willie Johnson
          03/78/2013 03/20/2013
          • 5.0
          The Dash
          AWESOME!! A must buy..
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