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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Strickland, Vince Rause Narrator: Bill Strickland Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780739341643
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Success is the point where your most authentic talents, passion, values, and experiences intersect with the chance to contribute to some greater good.”
--Bill Strickland

According to MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner Bill Strickland, a successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment. It is a realization Strickland first came to when, as a poor kid growing up in a rough neighborhood of Pittsburgh, he encountered a high school ceramics teacher who took him under his wing and went on to transform his life.

Over the past thirty years, Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and built a better, brighter future.

Strickland believes that every one of us has the potential for remarkable achievement. Every one of us can accomplish the impossible in our lives if given the right inspiration and motivation to do so. We all make ourselves “poor” in one way or another when we accept that we are not smart enough, experienced enough, or talented enough to accomplish something. Bill Strickland works with the least advantaged among us, and if he can help them achieve the impossible in their lives, think what each of us can do.

Among Bill Strickland’s beliefs:

People are born into this world as assets, not liabilities.
It’s all in the way we treat people (and ourselves) that determines a person’s outcome

The sand in the hourglass flows only one way.
Stop going through the motions of living--savor each and every day. Life is here and now, not something waiting for you in the future.

You don’t have to travel far to change the life you’re living. Bill grew up in the Pittsburgh ghetto, four blocks from where he came to build one of the foremost job training centers in the world. He now speaks before CEOs and political leaders, church congregations and civic leaders. You only need to change your thinking to remake your world.

Through lessons from his own life experiences, and those of countless others who have overcome their circumstances and turned their lives around, Make the Impossible Possible shows how all of us can build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger and set the bar higher, achieve meaningful success and help mentor and inspire the lives of others. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Acclaim for Make the Impossible Possible
  • Passionate. Inspirational. Hopeful. Optimistic. Powerful. Compelling. And most important— it works . . . Here is the cure to what ails this country. Take it home. Read it. Then live it. Alan M. Webber, founding editor, Fast Company magazine
  • Bill Strickland is a genius, because he sees the inherent genius in everyone. Bill’s ability to inspire hope is powerful, universal, and world changing. Make the Impossible Possible will show you how you can achieve even your wildest dreams. Bravo!”
  • We often hear the word inspire, likely allowing it to pass and not sink in our psyche.
    However we often will never forget things that inspire us. A visit to see Bill Strickland's concept in Pittsburgh was one of those events for me. Now you can read about how he was driven to build it.
    Jim Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase, Inc.
  • Are you yearning to pursue what others say is an unrealistic or impractical dream? This is the book for you. By telling his remarkable story, Bill Strickland shows us that an impossible notion is just an idea nobody had the guts to try.  With great flair and amazing range—you'll read about jazz, pottery, airplanes, even orchids!—he reveals how each of us can change our part of the world. Like the man who wrote it, this book is inspired and inspiring. Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind
  • Bill Strickland could sell anything . . . Read this book and you'll understand why he is such an inspiration to practicing and aspiring entrepreneurs. James Heskett, Harvard Business School
  • One of the most innovative social enterprise thinkers I have ever met. The ‘Strickland’ thought process is that of a highly trained jazz musician, coupled with a keen business sense . . . He is definitely one of my major heroes. Quincy Jones
  • The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a testament to the power of the arts to transform children’s lives. Its students learn much more than how to shape clay, take pictures, and appreciate jazz. They leave the Guild knowing that they have the potential and tools to become successful and productive citizens. Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • —Jeff Skoll, first president of eBay, founder and chairman, Skoll Foundation

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/19/2014

    " I wish more of Mr. Strickland's wittiness came out in this book; it was too essay-y. I'm still inspired and awed by what he's created and what he's achieved, but found much of his history and rise rehashed. I found the latter chapters resonated most with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/17/2014

    " Inspirational...but not a road map. "If it is in you, it's in you." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/7/2014

    " Discovery of one's creative self leads to the development of an unyielding conviction that an individual can rise above limiting circumstances to help to enrich the lives of others as well as oneself in a powerful and beautiful way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicityn | 1/20/2014

    " An inspiring story of one man's passion for clay and what it can do for at risk youth in Philadelphia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/23/2013

    " Very inspiring and a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 12/22/2013

    " Inspiring tale of one MacArthur Fellow and his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 12/15/2013

    " Inspired by the manner in which Strickland has created an environment in which other people can succeed. Great lessons on valuing people and the link between encouraging creativity and achieving success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Schreiber | 11/27/2013

    " Bill Strickland is a remarkable individual. His passion and poise, presence and perseverance ignite the imagination and inspire the soul. It's the content and context of his life that make him and this book a winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 11/11/2013

    " I thought that this was a very inspiring book. I ended up using several quotes for my DECA blog. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who needs some motivation. Bill Strickland will be an interesting person to meet! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/4/2013

    " Simply inspiring. Bill Strickland's story is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 9/21/2013

    " An inspring account of one man's desire to create places of inspiration in inner city Pittsburgh and combining those with arts, music, and job training centers to give people who are "poor" a passion in their lives and to give them skills and a meaning for their lives to get them out of "poverty." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 8/21/2013

    " Great motivational read for teachers of anything and everything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/21/2013

    " Full of inspirational advice. Looking forward to hearing him speak in April. I agree with other reviewers; it gets repetitive at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/16/2012

    " will let you know as soon as I am finished "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 4/24/2012

    " Very amazing story! Sounds like a wonderful place. I would love to visit Manchester Bidwell in Philadelphia tho Summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Blanchard | 4/4/2012

    " The most inspiring book I have ever read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sophia Carpiaux | 2/28/2012

    " It's a short read. I read it in one day, because I had to, not because I liked it. Most people would find this book really uplifting but I've said before, I'm not really into biographical books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Siegel | 2/7/2012

    " Bill Strickland is an inspiration. Whatever he wanted to accomplish, he did. No matter the odds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 9/7/2011

    " Inspiring. Jazz. Follow your heart. Saw author speak... great story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2011

    " Inspiring tale of one MacArthur Fellow and his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicityn | 5/7/2011

    " An inspiring story of one man's passion for clay and what it can do for at risk youth in Philadelphia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 8/15/2010

    " Great motivational read for teachers of anything and everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/7/2010

    " Inspirational...but not a road map. "If it is in you, it's in you." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 1/14/2009

    " Inspiring. Jazz. Follow your heart. Saw author speak... great story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 11/11/2008

    " Inspired by the manner in which Strickland has created an environment in which other people can succeed. Great lessons on valuing people and the link between encouraging creativity and achieving success. "

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