A Must Read Book: The Carpenter by Jon Gorden

I'm reading "The Carpenter" by Jon Gorden right now. The book is about creating your own masterpiece. It's full with powerful lessons explained in a story about a man who is waking up in a hospital after collapsing during a run. He lives a stressful live building up his own business. He finds out that the man who saved his live is a carpenter. The two of them develop a close relationship and the carpenter shares his wisdom with him.

The book is full of vivid examples and leadership advice. It is quite hard to point out one single favourite quote – There are so many! But there is one which reminded me about my past experiences. Here it is:

The way to success is the way of the craftsman, where you work really hard for years. You show up every day. You do the work. You see yourself as an artist dedicated to your craft with a desire to get better every day. You put your heart and soul into your work as you strive for excellence. You desire to create perfection, knowing you'll never truly achieve it but hoping to get close to it. You try new things. You fail. You improve. You grow. You face countless challenges and tons of rejection that make you doubt yourself and cause you to want to quit. But you don't. You keep working hard, stay positive, and persevere through it all with resilience, determination, and a lot of hope and faith. Then you make it!

The carpenter – A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All

I highly recommend to read this book. It's really good. Here are some other great inspiring quotes:

Before you build a masterpiece you must design it. It’s the same way with life, you know. Too many people go through life living by chance, but when you live by design and know the life you want to create, you are able to create a masterpiece instead of a piece of junk.


When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success.


Remember, life gives us warnings for a reason. Learn from this. Do things differently.


Great leaders are great because people trust and respect them, not because they have power.


Always remember that your greatness as a leader will not be determined by how much power you accumulate. It will be determined by how much you serve and sacrifice for others to help them become great. Great leaders don't succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out the greatness in others.


Failure provides you with a great opportunity to decide how much you really want something. Will you give up? Or will you dig deeper, commit more, work harder, learn, and get better? If you know that this is what you truly want, you will be willing to pay the price that success requires. You will be willing to fail again and again in order to succeed.


Love he struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.

Love the challenges because they make you stronger.

Love competition because it makes you better.

Love negative people because they make you more positive.

Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness"

Love fear because it makes you courageous.

The secret of life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.


When you love, you serve, and when you serve, you sacrifice. Service requires a sacrifice of something. Whether it’s time, energy, money, love, effort, or focus, serving others always costs you something, but with service and sacrifice, you gain so much more.


No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous.


Care about the work you do.

Surround yourself with people who care.

Show your team you care about them.

Build a team that cares about one another.

Together show your customers you care about them.

This is how you stand out and succeed.

It is lots of fun to reading this book. It is a book which will inspire you to lead the better – genuin human – way. Written by a great and inspiring author.

ISBN: 978-0-470-88854-4