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Graduation is right around the corner, and a new crop of young people will leave high school or college to enter the workforce and begin their lives on their own. What advice do you give these new adults about love, financial independence, and what’s really important in life? Musician and author Jimmy Brandmeier began writing a song to his three daughters, which quickly grew into a book: “Be Who You Are: A Song For My Children.” It’s an empowering message about the point of life from a devoted father’s perspective.
The book’s pages are packed with sage, no-nonsense advice — the kinds of things that may seem obvious to many adults but can take years to figure out on one’s own. For example, in one chapter, Jimmy shares the story of one of his music students who’s frustrated that he hadn’t become successful yet. Jimmy asked him to describe his daily routine, and the student explained that he woke up at 10:00am, watched a movie, got dressed, ate breakfast, and then tried to figure out what to do that day!
Between “breakfast movies,” commuting, eating dinner, and partying at night, he had about an hour left to dabble with his dreams. From a lack of vision and planning to lack of belief in himself… I decided to focus on time. Becoming aware of how he spends his time could transform his life. Your goals and dreams must match your habits and routines.
“Name one thing you want to do,” I asked.
“I want to write songs.”
“How much time did you spend writing today?”
“Hmm,” he grunted.
“When’s the last time you sat down to write?”
“Umm, let me think.” Then he blurted out, “I don’t have enough time.”
“You may not have focus. You may not have faith. You may not truly believe you can achieve your dreams, but I promise that you have more than enough time!”
The book is filled with lots of examples of success stories from people of all walks of life. If you’re a fan of the concepts in “The Laws Of Success” (essentially, setting goals you firmly believe in, then fulfilling them) you find similar, solid concepts in “Be Who You Are.” There are also dozens of fun illustrations and images throughout the book which help reinforce the concepts being taught.
My longtime readers, and my Chicagoland audience, will undoubtedly recognize Jimmy Brandmeier’s surname as well. Yes, Jimmy is the brother of Johnny B, and there are plenty of stories in this book featuring Brandmeier family memories with their parents, the five Brandmeier brothers, and their sister too! As someone who spent years of my life listening to Brandmeier family stories on the radio, it was especially poignant to open the book to a photo of the Brandmeier siblings scattering their father, Frank’s ashes at their beloved up-north cabin.
I think that “Be Who You Are” would be a great gift for anyone who’s trying to find their place in the world and figure out what life’s all about! You can purchase the book on Amazon, but I’ve also got ten copies to give away to my readers!
For a chance to win a copy of Jimmy Brandmeier’s book “Be Who You Are,” simply post a reply in the comments under this article! (If you need a post idea, why not share a favorite piece of advice someone gave to you?) This giveaway begins today, May 9, 2019, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on May 15, 2019 at 11:59am CST, and on May 16, ten winners will be chosen via a random number generator!
More about Jimmy Brandmeier:
Jimmy Brandmeier is “the dad” in a crazy household filled with 3 teenage daughters (Jamie, Jessie, and Josie), Paula, his wife of 20 years, 3 doves, 6 goldfish, a cat named Squeakers, and last but not least, Satchmo, a big, hairy yellow lab named after Louie Armstrong. Jimmy and Paula moved their family from Hollywood to Wisconsin to raise their kids closer to family. Brandmeier is a Telly Award-winning composer and Summit Award-winning marketer. He’s worked with artists ranging from Kenny Loggins to Jason Mraz, written jingles for brands from Mazda to Mattel, performed in venues from town halls to Carnegie Hall, and garnered media coverage from Oprah to Rachael Ray.
Legal: This giveaway is sponsored by JillCataldo.com and Jimmy Brandmeier. Responding to this post with a comment qualifies readers to enter. Duplicate posts do not increase chances of winning. The contest began at noon CST on May 9, 2019 and will end at 11:59am CST on May 15, 2019. Ten winners will be chosen via random-number generator on May 16, 2019 and announced the same day. Each winner will receive one copy of the paperback book “Be Who You Are.” Prize, information, and giveaway have been provided by Jimmy Brandmeier. I have received information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway. I have not been compensated for this post. I received a copy of the book for review. Winner will be contacted via email. If a winner does not reply to the message within 48 hours of notification, that winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Fulfillment will be handled by Jimmy Brandmeier. Odds of winning are determined by number of eligible entries received. Read full Disclosure Policy. Good luck to everyone!