Blog Tour of Life Outside the Box: The Extraordinary Journeys of 10 Unique Individuals by Marilyn R. Wilson -- REVIEW

I'm going to put this out there; I don't like reading memoirs. I find it boring and somewhat useless, because why would a person's life, one who I don't know and don't really care about, be of any interest to me? I know it seems cold and rude, but we all have our reading preferences, and autobiographies just so happened to be not one of those of mine. That being said, there was something about Life Outside the Box that pulled me to it. Could be because I've always been one to do things safely and not take that much risks. Whatever it was, I thank it, because I was greatly enlightened and deeply inspired by this book and these stories.

Title: Life Outside the Box: The Extraordinary Journeys of 10 Unique Individuals
Author: Marilyn R. Wilson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir
Publication Date: February 1, 2015
Published by: Influence Publishing Inc.
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

Real Stories about Real People to Entertain, Inspire and Challenge You.
Get inspired to step out of your box and into a world full of potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised – the message is clear. There is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem.
Selected from amongst over 100 interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own path, including Ruthie Davis – top U.S. luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award – and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals chose to deal with life's challenges and how they define success in their careers.

The subject matter is undoubtedly interesting, and it makes a person curious enough to get the book and figure out what the fuss is about.
Success is not defined by how much money you have, how many properties you own, or how famous you are. This is one of the lessons this book wants to teach us. It also proves one of my favorite saying, "Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy." Every person featured in Life Outside the Box suffered at one point or another. They struggled with lack of support, closure of a business, no money, loss of a loved one. They were all given reasons to give up and just say, "To heck with it." But they didn't fold. They fought for what they love and they jumped through every obstacle given to them. Another thing these individuals have in common, and for me this is one of the most important, is the generosity and compassion they extended toward the less fortunate. They want others to succeed as much as they did and they're willing to help out as much as they can to accomplish that.
I have no idea who these people are and I had to Google them and read about them because I just needed to...I don't know, verify that they're real people, I guess. Not that I ever thought that Marilyn would lie or come up with fictional characters, but I just wanted to put faces to the names. I won't be able to give information about what's inside the book, simply because I don't want to since I really encourage that you read it personally and experience the adventure that is called "Life". We all have different opinions and interpretations, so I think the best way to apply the lessons and morals of the stories of these 10 professionals, we must jump in head first into reading Life Outside the Box. You won't ever regret picking this one up.
5 stars goes to this wonderful masterpiece of author Marilyn R. Wilson.

Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for interviewing. It all began in 2006 when the she answered a Craigslist ad from a NY magazine asking for story submissions. Two were accepted. The first live interview was life changing and Wilson has never looked back. With over 150 interviews now behind her, the love of interviewing is still as strong as ever. Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a “one-on-one” interview with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same—to share the unique journeys of inspiring individuals.

In 2007, this goal led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the fashion industry, paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Now on staff at Raine Magazine (NY/Miami/LA), as well as freelancing for other publications, Wilson has taken her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book.
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  1. Wow - this really is amazing. Thanks so much for taking to the time to read and review Life Outside the Box and your five star rating touched me. The fact you don't usually enjoy this type of book and yet found yourself drawn in really made my day. I agree - it is the balance of determination to follow their dreams no matter what roadblocks combined with their generosity is helping others that makes these stories truly unique.

    1. I'm so touched and ecstatic that you liked my review. :) It really means so much to me. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.


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