The Bucket List Book will feature the aspirational story of Mark Bergman, inventor of the Handy Paint Pail – what we affectionately call The Bucket of Good Will.
So last week, with the help of my friends Chloe and Tasha, we launched the project to produce the micro-book: The Bucket List Book. It’s the first book in a series we will call Good Leadership Press – building this publishing label is one of the things on my Bucket List! The inspiration came from three sources:
1. My friend Mark Bergman – the inventor of the Handy Paint Pail. His story is the main subject of The Bucket List Book. Yes, we are building on the double-meaning of his “pail” as a “bucket” because he taught me so much about dreaming as a source of motivation for starting my own business.
2. My friend and former colleague Delane Wetterlin – this book was her idea. I miss her joyous energy in my life…and I hear her devilish laugh underneath every idea in this book.
3. My friend Darin Lynch, the founder of Irish Titan, who once said to me: “Even though I’m living my dream of owning my own business…some days the key to my success is just getting out of bed and coming into work, no matter what!”
Good Leadership and the Bucket List
So what does a Bucket List have to do with leadership? People only want to follow aspirational leaders – people who have compelling goals and magnetic dreams that help us get out of bed in the morning and come to work. The opposite of an aspirational leader is someone who is “stuck.” In my work, we repeatedly encounter leaders, teams and entire organizations who are “stuck.” We are exceptionally good at helping them get un-stuck. One of the ways to get started is personal visioning – including working on a Bucket List.
Bucket-list thinking works at any age: we don’t need to be terminally ill, checking things off before we kick the bucket.
Good leaders have magnetic ideas that create positive momentum in their lives. And they have plans that help them get out of bed in the morning and keep going – no matter what.
We are seeking your insights as content for the book: Please share with me – What’s on your Bucket List?