1I am taking a break from my usual subject matter today to let you know about a remarkable series of books and videos created by my long-time friend Larry Anderson, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Larry’s journey began when he was a high-school dropout, living alone and lonely in a rooming house, working in a dead-end job. He resolved to turn his life around, and he has done so in spectacular fashion. Today, Larry is one of the few people in the world who I can describe as deeply happy, having more than achieved his goals in all areas of his life: financially, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. He is a founding partner in a highly successful home-building corporation, a popular inspirational speaker, a devoted husband and a doting father and grandfather. Today, Larry spends his winters based in Palm Springs and his summers in Edmonton pursuing his interests in travel, philanthropy and golf.

2One of Larry’s ongoing missions has been to share what he has learned over the course of his life with others who want to benefit from his knowledge, and from the knowledge of others that he has accumulated and applied successfully to his own initiatives and challenges. The result is two books and a video and workbook series available through the website Live Your Magic. The proceeds from all sales go to charity, education and arts initiatives that support youth.

  • Inspiration to Live your Magic! is a compendium of 75 brief, easily read biographies of such notable individuals as Alfred Nobel, Celine Dion, Benjamin Franklin and J.K. Rowling.
  • Wisdom to Live Your Magic! contains “Life Lessons from 50 Amazing Teachers,” including Oprah Winfrey, Aristotle, Victor Frankl, Steve Jobs, and many, many others.
  • Journey to Live Your Magic is a series of six videotapes and nine workbooks that have been created to help viewers apply principles of success, wisdom and inspiration to their own lives.

3The highly regarded Kirkus Reviews has described Inspiration as “An upbeat, inspiring celebration of mankind’s ability to challenge the odds,” and Wisdom as “A valuable guide that encourages and enables self-actualization.”

Whether it is a young person looking for a role model, an adult seeking inspiration to redirect their lives, or a speaker looking for a subject on which to build an inspirational talk, I cannot recommend this series highly enough.