When I sent my book to the first person to read it besides my editor, I was sweating. To have new eyes on it was exciting but I was petrified of getting the first review. Not only that, it was from a man whose opinion I respect a great deal. That man is, Alasdair Plambeck.
Alasdair is someone I look up to as a writer and value deeply as a human. His philosophy on success, relationships and just about all of life’s biggest questions are well thought out and have made imprints in my own journey. That is why I asked him to write the foreword to Find Your Truth.
So when Alasdair responded the next day saying he read the book cover to cover and would agree to write the foreword, I was profoundly moved and honored.
If you'd like to get to know me more and understand what this book is about, please read this.
Foreword of Find Your Truth by Alasdair Plambeck
"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I met Lou in 2014 at one of the weekly Friday mastermind meetings he describes in this book. Through those weekly meetings we developed a fast friendship that carried on outside the boardroom and led to us running our first triathlon together. We have remained close friends ever since.
When I first met Lou, he was timid, quiet and seemed unsure of himself. It is only now that I can see what a pivotal moment in his life we had met at. Back then he was just beginning to take hold of the helm, but the stormy seas of self discovery still lay ahead. He was still lost and sailing on rough, open waters with no shore in sight.
I don’t know that Lou anymore. The Lou I know now beams with the radiance of someone who has turned to face his own shadow and discovered an inner light beyond. Now he’s shining that light on the rocks that so nearly had him shipwrecked, to help guide others still at sea toward calmer waters.
It wasn’t until reading Find Your Truth that I began to understand what the hell had happened over the last couple years to have sparked such an utter transformation. Had you received a once weekly update into Lou’s life during that time (as I had) you’d be excused for wondering at times if he'd lost his mind.
But it was the exact opposite. “I’ve really gone so sane, they think I’m insane” Lou writes, reflecting on a hilarious encounter when six policemen turn up on his doorstep uninvited after his impromptu job resignation letter was misinterpreted by coworkers as a suicide note.
Call it courage, faith, intuition or more likely all three —it's no small credit to Kelly for standing unwaveringly by Lou’s side from the beginning.
Lou’s story is intense, raw and real. My hands sweated and my heart raced as I retraced his tumultuous voyage through the dark troughs of mindless drug addiction and the swirling eddies of emotional turmoil it spawned, to the lofty and solitary peaks of personal revelation: he holds absolutely nothing back. It’s a modern day story of recognizing the shadows on the wall, throwing off the shackles of self-bondage and walking out of the cave and into the light. And he wants to show how you can do the same.
While our stories may be different, we can all find parts of ourselves in Lou’s story. Suffering is one of the basic elements of human experience that we all share —it connects and unifies us. We are all in this together. In our own ways, we all must face the precarious situation of only being “a head nod and ten dollars away from the thrill of the pill” that Lou so jarringly describes.
What you have in your hands is a brave and incredibly intimate story of self-transformation. Lou has taken great pains in these pages to share a practical set of lessons distilled from his experience that anyone can apply to spark positive change in their own life. And through sharing his own story Lou leaves us with one last lesson: that we all have our own unique story worth sharing.
There is a meditation practice in Buddhist teachings called Tong-len in which one is instructed to breathe in one's own suffering or the suffering of others and breathe out love and compassion to all those still suffering. It is from reflecting on our suffering, says the Dalai Lama, that we "develop greater resolve to put an end to the causes of suffering and the unwholesome actions and deeds which lead to suffering” and that we "increase [our] enthusiasm for engaging in the wholesome actions and deeds which lead to happiness and joy.”
As I read Find Your Truth I couldn't help but see this as Lou’s own version of the practice of Tong-len.
He’s taken a deep breath in.
But his out breath is even greater.
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