This book puts a nice perceptive of how much you really want something right now or in life.
Have you ever read something and realized you were meant to read it? This is how I felt about Drawing Out The Dragons. I will admit, I have REALLY been struggling in my life the past few years, but especially the past few months. I have felt helpless and struggled to even want to succeed at anything. As I read this book, I felt like James A. Owen was speaking directly to me. In fact, whenever I read something that touched my soul, I underlined it or put a star by it. This book is now pretty marked up. I'm not defacing the book, but using it wisely for my own benefit!
In trying to decide what to share with you, the readers of my blog, I wasn't sure how much I could share without writing pages and pages. James Owens has lived through many trials and hard times in his life, but he found ways to overcome these hardships.
The number one message that James shares, is one that he learned early in life as a young boy while dealing with an illness in a hospital.
"One of the most important things I can tell someone who is struggling: You have a greater destiny than this.You are meant for greater things than this. And if you want to beat this, to overcome whatever it is you're grappling with, you are strong enough to do it. And if that's the choice you make, it's possible to live a wonderful, extraordinary life." (page 27)
After I read this, I sat silently for over five minutes just thinking about this message and how it applied to my life right now. Then I had to read it over again a few more times. I feel that this message, and many others in this book are so empowering and motivating.
Some other ideas that inspired me were these...
-(This message is one he often shares with school children)
"I believe they can do anything they choose to do in this life, and it doesn't matter how old they are. All that matters is if they have the desire and determination to put in the effort required to be good at what they do."
What a great thing to share with kids who need to know that they can succeed if they have the desire.
The last thing I wanted to share with you made me write "WOW" in the book. It helped me with my somewhat fatalistic thinking as of late, that nothing good has been happening in my life and there's nothing I can do about it.
"We have to choose to live deliberately. Things are going to happen to us whether we make choices or not. So it's up to us to make the choices to make things happen. To be the kind of people who make things happen, not the kind of people things happen to. We have to choose to live deliberately. To actually actively make choices." (page 54)
So you see...WOW! We can make things happen, not just have things happen to us. :) This book is full of things/ideas that will help you in your life, whatever struggles may be happening at the moment. I can see that I will be reading this book again and again. I will share it with my children and other family members, young and old.
I want to end with one more thought from the book. I hope that this will encourage you to believe in yourself more.
"Every moment is another chance to learn, and another chance to make a choice. Everything does happen for a reason, and the things that happened were supposed to happen, because they did happen. And while no one can change the past, the future begins anew every time you choose to live deliberately.
Those who make miracles happen are the ones who, first, believe it to be possible, and second, are willing to pay the price to make it so." (page 113)
This book gets a 5 star rating from me!
I picked up this book based on a quote from the book that I saw on Facebook. I wasn't sure what to expect since I'm not interested in drawing or dragons.
This book is filled with personal experiences of the author/artist and his desire to follow his dreams. He tells of how he chooses to do just that.
Mostly it's a book about choosing and the life that can unfold for you because of the choices you make. It's also a book about staying true to what you know is right and not giving up when you know you are following a correct path.
It was just the message I needed
First, I have to say, this book was not what I expected. Owen is in fact a true motivational figure, his life, as told through specific encounters of some of his many life decisions that he is faced with increases ones learning of how to make positive, impacting choices in their own life. He teaches life lessons through his own self driven motivation, quotes, memoirs, and consequences. Owen has a relentless attitude and proves just as much to never take no for an answer. Owen, councils others through his own experiences, "we have to choose to live deliberately by actively making our own choices." (Owen 2013) I would consider it an honor to meet one of the world's most creative people, I have been able to relate to many of James's feelings, because I too have a hard time taking no for an answer. When given my answer, I seek out all other outcomes, before irrationally settling on one single answer. Through my practice of making good choices, I also learned another important life lesson, one taught by Zig Zigler, which Owen has quoted, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people to get what they want." James Owen teaches that you haven't lost until you choose to stop. This book was an inspiration to myself, and I am confident that for those who read it, making choices will no longer be taken lightly.
Making a choice is like drawing a dragon...
This book is POWERFUL!
Told from his own life-story the author helps us understand that the choices we make every day matter!
James A. Owen is an artist and started selling his books when he was just six-years-old.
later in life, and after being rejected by many companies, he started his own company...and sold some more.
Then one day he was involved in an auto accident and the results were such that his drawing hand was smashed.
Everyone told him his drawing career had ended...
But James believes that "If you really want to do something, no one can stop you, but if you really don't want to do something, no one can help you."
He really wanted to draw...SO HE DID!
Now he shares his story and the philosophies of his life in the powerful book....
Here is another belief he shares: "Live deliberately. Decide: Are you the kind of person things happen to, or the kind of person who makes things happen?"
He also shares the "secret of drawing"...
In the end it's all about the choices you make.