RecomMONDAYtions ~ 2023.09.11


Remembering 9/11

🎗Bruce Springsteen’s “Into the Fire”
Today is September 11 — 22 years since that day. Eleven months after the attacks, Bruce Springsteen released the album “The Rising.” I remember the first time I listened to it on the day it was released. I particularly remember the second track, “Into the Fire.” I cried when I heard it. It honors those lost on 9/11. It honors those who lost loved ones. I still choke up every time I hear it or read the lyrics:

[Pre-Chorus 1]

I need your kiss
But love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs
Into the fire


May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love

Beyond 9/11

🏗 Reviving Lower Manhattan Through the Arts
When Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York in November 2001, “ground-zero” in lower Manhattan was still on fire. Yesterday, on CBS Sunday Morning, he celebrated the opening (later this month) of a $500 million arts center. It’s the final piece in the remarkable redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. A beautiful, vibrant neighborhood has emerged — literally from the ashes. This is something to celebrate as we also remember and mourn.

Recommended Resources

🎁 Virginia Muzquiz Six Figure Success Giveaway is Still Available
I wrote an email about this last week and several smart peeps scooped it up.

Virginia Muzquiz has organized a group of 15 experts to share valuable business-building resources — including two of her best referral marketing resources and her bootcamp. Here are a few:

  • Financial Training for Small Business Owners by Amanda Bedell
  • Ignite Business Success Through Cellular Memory Activation by Charmaine Diallo
  • Creating The Perfect List Building Experience by Paul & Melissa Pruitt

And I’m giving away a brand new e-book, 9 Secrets to Create Client-Attracting Content.

Click the link above to see everything Virginia has compiled for the Six Figure Success Giveaway.

Podcast (Story Power Marketing Show)

📡 Why Some Leaders Trip Over Themselves and How Not To (with Dan Rockwell)
Dan Rockwell is the author of the highly recognized “Leadership Freak” blog and co-author of “The Vagrant: The Inner Journey of Leadership: A Parable.” His concise and practical articles are read in every country on the planet. Inc. Magazine recognized Dan as a Top 50 Leadership Expert in the English-speaking world and a Top 100 Speaker. The American Management Association lists Dan as a Top 30 Leader in Business.


~ How to Win at Business by Showing up to Give Rather Than to Get

~ Getting Results Through Relationships

~ The Importance of Having a Unique Point of View as a Leader and a Marketer

~ The Power of Relating to People Through Story

~ The Importance of Self-Awareness For Being a Great Leader

~ Why Self-Reflection is a Group Activity, and How You Can Avoid Deceiving Yourself

View/Listen on Story Power Marketing Show Website

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Recommended Reading

📚 “The Vagrant” by Dan Rockwell and John David Mann
Speaking of Dan Rockwell… he partnered with John David Mann to write a great book, The Vagrant (The Inner Journey of Leadership).

John co-wrote the Go-Giver books with Bob Burg. The Vagrant is a business fable — much like the Go-Giver books.

I received an advance copy and devoured it in one sitting. The book will be available starting on September 19. Click the link above to learn more and order in advance.

Words to Ponder

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

– Steve Jobs

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.