Chapter 15: Mitch Albom on making music, managing mojo, and memorializing Morrie

 I flew to Detroit to discuss books with Mitch Albom.

I flew to Detroit to discuss books with Mitch Albom.

Oh, this life, this world.

As Mitch says, once you find purpose, and once you find style… what’s left?

Beauty.

What’s left is finding and putting out beauty into the world.

 Mitch running from our interview to his radio show!

Mitch running from our interview to his radio show!

There are not many writers who have genuinely figured this out … but one of them is Mitch Albom.

Mitch is the bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, as well as The Five People You Meet in Heaven and his new book, The Next Person You Meet In Heaven, which just debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list this week.

His books have sold over 40 million copies.

Mitch just doesn’t turn off. He’s like a Tasmanian Devil. He’s hosting a radio show, he’s on TV, he’s writing columns in the Detroit Free Press, he’s a musician, he’s even running an orphanage in Haiti.

 Our recording studio at the top of the Fisher Building in Detroit!

Our recording studio at the top of the Fisher Building in Detroit!

Mitch is full of energy and life and moves quickly and talks quickly … and so we talked about that. We go deep into why he moves through life so fast. We unpack his relationship with Morrie and talk about how I actually misinterpreted parts of the book.

We talk about what the worst thing you can say to an artist is (which he learned from Maya Angelou) and what the true enemy of getting things done is (and surprise, it’s not time or energy).

I hope you enjoy learning what Mitch Albom’s three most formative books are as much as I did.

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What You'll Learn:

  • What’s the worst thing you can say to an artist?

  • How do we balance parental expectations with chasing our own dreams?

  • How does Mitch say music and writing comes together?

  • What encouraged Mitch invite more purpose and faith into his life?

  • Which book inspired Mitch to transition from a reader to a writer?

  • What does Mitch think is the best compliment a writer can receive?

  • What will Mitch be sharing in his next book based on his own life?

Ideas Worth TWEETING:

“You become the writer that you are destined to be by the things that you do, not the things that you write.” @MitchAlbom #3bookspodcast

“Energy is not the enemy, distraction is the enemy and lack of important purpose is the enemy.” @MitchAlbom #3bookspodcast

“Music and writing are very very close, and the spirit that it takes to create notes and songs and passages is very very similar to writing.” @MitchAlbom #3bookspodcast

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