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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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    The date you were born and the date you died aren’t what really matter. It’s “the dash” — those years in between and what you do with them — that does. This inspirational book is one of the most searched for books on our site because it has such life-changing 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. Many of the motivational quotes from the book and similar inspiring quotes are available as framed prints that can be given as a gift or kept to remind yourself of what is important.

    • 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, including thousands of motivational posters. 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, 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 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, and What’s the Big Idea?

    LINDA ELLIS is the co-author of the book The Dash with Mac Anderson and had this to say about her popular poem of the same name that inspired the book…

    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 143 reviews)

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    Brenda Dodgens
    08/222/2013 08/11/2013
    • 5.0
    Highly Recommend
    I was very impressed with The Dash - "Revised Edition" with free DVD. The book is a beautiful hard covered good binding. The pages are made of good quality paper with colorful pictures and the writing print is very legible. The CD has beautiful music as well as pictures. I was very impressed with this and was very glad that I chose this item. For the quality the price was reasonable.
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      Theresa Vaughn
      02/41/2013 02/11/2013
      • 5.0
      Absolutely Beautiful!
      I had purchased a copy of THE DASH a few years ago. Both my husband and I truly have tried to live our lives in the way we would want to be remembered. Before my husband died in July of 2012, he planned his "Celebration of Life" service. He wanted THE DASH to be included in the service. As per his wishes, this was done. Many, many people had never heard of THE DASH and were very touched by its' message. Our son and I were very pleased that, even after my husband's death, he was still able to reach people(he was a guidance counselor for 39 years)through the message of THE DASH. Thank-you. Theresa Vaughn
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        Anne Wayne
        10/293/2013 10/21/2013
        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
        • 5.0
        I like the fact that more inspirational stories have been added to this wonderful book. I have given this book to many friends who have lost loved ones or who are struggling with the meaning in their lives. I find it very uplifting for all to read and gives us a chance to reevaluate our purpose in life.
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          Ted Deramos
          10/290/2013 10/18/2013
          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
          • 4.0
          Highly Recommended
          This is an excellent visual tool to awaken your love ones that don't have grip of certainty of God eternal life.
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            Maryjane Haller
            05/129/2013 05/10/2013
            • 5.0
            The Dash
            This was purchased as a gift for a friend. It is a beautiful book and something I was proud to give as a gift. MaryJane
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