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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 140 reviews)

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    Don
    • more than 2 year(s)
    11/324/2016 11/20/2016
    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
    • 5.0
    Great book!
    I shared this book with the members of my Sunday School class. My wife would give them to all of her friends to encourage them. She passed away last December and I want to continue her legacy of encouragement. The Dash is a powerful message for us about living our life out.
      Bottom Line:
      Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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      Linus N. Shings
      03/66/2016 03/07/2016
      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
      • 5.0
      So Much Inspiring
      What an inspiration. I have taken quite times to watch this video over 5 times since I came across it. Each time I did, the message remains as fresh as the first time I watched it. How I wish Simple truths will have a kiosk in Nigeria or can ship orders directly to Nigeria. I can't imagine what a great multitude will be relieved of their burdens by great materials as this.
        Bottom Line:
        Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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        Bec
        • more than 3 year(s)
        06/180/2016 06/29/2016
        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
        • 5.0
        I will buy more copies of this book
        I had just finished chemo treatment and a friend bought me this book and I read the whole book cover to cover in one night. I could not put it down. I will read it again and again. It was the PERFECT gift.
          Bottom Line:
          Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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          Amy
          01/13/2016 01/14/2016
          • 5.0
          Awesome Short Read!!!
          Business purposes
            Bottom Line:
            Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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            Cora, piano teacher
            01/13/2016 01/14/2016
            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
            • 5.0
            A book that touches the heart! Perfect inspirational gift!
            Gift for those who have lost a loved one, new graduates, for birthday, etc.
              Bottom Line:
              Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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