C18-18 The Wisdom of Listening. Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing

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The next time you’re out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets—pieces of gold they’re accumulating as they walk their own unique life journey.

Within these pages Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.

Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities—then start a conversation.

Every life has a story and, no matter our background, we share similar hopes, dreams and fears. This book not only gives you insight into the varied lives of its subjects but, through Marilyn’s reflections, shows how we each walk a similar spiritual path.”

Robbin Whachell, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bahamas Weekly

Marilyn shows us, through her compassionate and incisive interviews, how to grasp and link those golden moments, like sparkling prisms of light, into an animated and profound acceptance of ourselves, the people we encounter, the relationships we build, and the dreams that will set us free.”

Gabriella Contestabile, Author, Founder of Su Misura Sensory Journeys

I was reminded we are collectively all walking our own paths, but we often experience similar emotions, feelings, obstacles, challenges, triumphs, rewards, and successes. We each learn as we go and we each become wiser as time passes. This is humanity.”

RozeMerie Cuevas, Co-Founder and Designer at JAC by Jacqueline Conoir


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Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way, by answering a Craigslist ad. The world shifted while she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion. Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from as near as her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, and as far away as South Africa.

Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a one-on-one interview with an internationally recognized artist, her goal is the same—to give wings to the unique journeys of inspiring individuals. In 2007, this goal led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on articles about professionals working in the fashion industry paired with photography and illustrations by local artists.

In 2015, Marilyn took her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book—Life Outside the Box—the first in a new series highlighting the journeys of real people living extraordinary and real lives.

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The journey to this book is so different than my others, so not sure exactly what angle you’d like to take. Life Outside The Box took 18 months of self-doubt and hard work to become a reality. Every chapter involved 1-2 interviews, transcribing the interviews, writing and then getting approval for it by the person interviewed, my publisher and then my editor.

The Wisdom of Listening was so different. I had been struggling for over a year trying to write Life Outside the Box #2 – the second in a series – with little success. One day in a meditation circle, the desire to write The Wisdom of Listening hit me hard. It was a passion project I had on a back burner.  I thought if I just went to the computer and laid out the book, I could get back to the one I was working on.

Instead, I couldn’t stop. The first draft poured out of me like a waterfall over the next 3-1/2 weeks. It was a beautiful experience.  It still took a year to bring to launch, but I will forever be grateful that I followed my heart and allowed this book to come next.

The book title and concept – In one interview with Fine Artist Pamela Masik, she shared how her art helped her heal and that one day she realized art was a piece of gold she held in her pocket that she could share with others to help them heal. That struck me hard and I knew one day I would take all the pieces of gold interviewees shared with me, as well as wisdom I gained on my personal journey, and pass them on to others through this book. 

The Wisdom of Listening

Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing (and Life)

by Marilyn R. Wilson

“Open your mind wide, listen with your inner ear and let the nuggets of wisdom land

in your heart. Then be willing to pay it forward by sharing this book and the loving messages,

insights and wisdom with others.” Sue Dumais, Founder Heart Led Living

All Rights Reserved @2017 by Marilyn R. Wilson

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of non-fiction. The information in this book reflects interviews that were carried out by the author. Readers of the publication agree that neither Marilyn R Wilson nor her publisher will be held responsible or liable for damages that may be alleged or resulting directly or indirectly from their use of this publication. All external links are provided as a resource only and are not guaranteed to remain active for any length of time. Neither the publisher nor the author can be held accountable for the information provided by or actions resulting from accessing these resources.

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