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After a bit of a health scare a few years ago, my wife asked me to write a book for my children about my life and the lessons I have learned.  Now that was quite a challenge – I had no idea how much work that would take.  Walks through a forest while dictating and telling stories how, for example, I had to do Grade 11 twice, what happened in my family, to a man who ended with three degrees including a Masters in Tax.  But let me not talk about that, because behind that is a family tragedy which my book tells my children chapter and verse.  I was not even born de Broglio – and therein lies another story for my children – not just of adoption – but changing part of my surname to distance myself from relatives who I believe let us down when we needed help.

Actually, what I wanted to write about with reference to the book is how quickly life changes and the challenges that are always thrown your way.  I cannot believe how much of my life changed after I wrote that book!  I could write another 80 000 words!  Life can often challenge you in more than one area of your life, one after another, and you have to just keep standing.  In my case to hold my head high and know that I run a very good business, with some amazing staff.  We get almost as many clients now as when we last advertised – and that was more than a year ago.  That’s word of mouth.  We all have weaknesses and strengths, but honesty is what has grown the business for me and rewarded me in life – which rewards include four amazing children that I wrote my book for.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 14-Jun-22 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Daniella  said:
on Monday 29-Aug-22 02:03 PM
This is something I would definitely be interested in doing for my kids one day- what an awesome gift

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Tuesday 23-Aug-22 02:58 PM
What a great gift to your beautiful kids. I hope they know how lucky they are to have that. What a special gift!

Fikile  said:
on Tuesday 02-Aug-22 02:33 PM
This has to be the best achievement, can't wait to read

Prishani  said:
on Monday 01-Aug-22 04:35 PM
This is a great achievement and I am sure it is a gift your children will cherish and hold very close to their hearts.

Masilo Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Friday 29-Jul-22 03:45 PM
Every person story's is fantastic when it is written by him/herself. All great leaders have a story of having failed and been written off in life many times until one person picks the hidden germ in them. It should make for an interesting read.

Mary   said:
on Friday 29-Jul-22 11:58 AM
Mary said:
on Friday 29-Jul-22 11:49 AM
To start with a direct statement of congratulating you on your book. Why you think the book is significant for your kids and what motivated you to write the book? It takes effort ,dedication ,energy, sacrifice or skill necessary for achievement. Congratulation!

Roxanne  said:
on Monday 27-Jun-22 03:36 PM
I think this is amazing, not only is it sentimental for your children but it will be a lesson and reminder that no matter where life's path maybe lead you, you will always be in control of the destination.

Victoria  said:
on Monday 27-Jun-22 03:00 PM
This is truly incredible and an amazing achievement! I agree it would be a very interesting book to read. Your kids will cherish your book forever. It is a great way for them to get to know about things that made you who you are today!

Sinead  said:
on Monday 27-Jun-22 09:56 AM
Wow! What an incredible thing to do! I'm sure it would be an interesting read. How long did it eventually take to put everything together?
It's so cool that you were able to put in words the positive and the negative things that make you, you. Not many people can do that. What a great achievement.
I'm sure your kids are so grateful.

Franzelle  said:
on Thursday 23-Jun-22 12:43 PM
This is so special and so sentimental for your kids. I also agree with Zandelee , I also think this will make a very interesting read this book and to get a personal perspective of your past and the challenges that shaped you

Melissa  said:
on Thursday 23-Jun-22 08:55 AM
This is so special and so sentimental for your kids. I am sure they will appreciate it a lot. Life is challenging sometimes and even if you feel you can't anymore....there is always that one thing that lifts you up again. Life is full of surprises

Megan  said:
on Friday 17-Jun-22 10:10 AM
I would appreciate a book like this from my dad as well. It truly is a great achievement to write a book based on your life and to open up about parts of you that you've put in a box in your mind, not easy to discuss things that made you uncomfortable but as you've said - shaped how you are today. I'm sure they will learn a lot from this book too.

Zandelee  said:
on Wednesday 15-Jun-22 03:50 PM
I think this is very special. Your children will appreciate having something so special and personal for years from their father. I think this will make a very interesting read this book and to get a personal perspective of your past and the challenges that shaped you

Angelique  said:
on Wednesday 15-Jun-22 03:42 PM
That sounds like quite an interesting read. I am sure your children would be quite fascinated to read that. It is good to reflect and see how far you have come because often we take little things for granted and often forget everything we had to go through to get where we are. I am glad you were able to reflect. You should be proud that you were able to articulate parts of your life and put it into a book - it certainly doesn't sound like an easy task and of course be proud of all the achievements.

Jessica  said:
on Tuesday 14-Jun-22 03:55 PM
I would really like to read this book to be honest. Yes life is always challenging for everyone. One should always look at the bright side of things even as hard as it is. To have happy healthy kids is thee best gift and one we most often forget to look at when life is being challenging to us. But so many other things too.

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 14-Jun-22 03:31 PM
Wow that is so nice. You will be leaving your children and their generations thereafter a "diary" from yourself. I think many people could write a book on their life experiences and the obstacles experienced and how it actually moulded them to who they are now.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 14-Jun-22 03:09 PM
That is quite an achievement to write a book. Do not think that most people get the inclination due to the difficulty...main question is where to begin...


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