A little over two years ago I wrote a blog post about a college football star who got a lot of media attention when he was invited to join a book group. It’s a lovely human interest story that I won’t repeat here because you can read it from the link.
Additionally, I want to give you the rest of the story: Malcolm Mitchell graduated from college and was a fourth-round NFL draft pick; he went to the New England Patriots. And you know what happened there. He now adds a Super Bowl championship to his credits. More importantly—and he’d be the first to tell you this—he’s become involved in the literacy movement. Just yesterday (as I write), he tweeted this message.
Did you know people who read are more likely to vote, exercise and be more cultural? #readtosucceed #readwithmalcolm #keepreading
Friends, I can think of no higher calling than the promotion of literacy to American children. You can get involved at Read With Malcolm. And this part of the story will please you authors: Mitchell even self-published a picture book, The Magician’s Hat.
So. You’ll recall I saw several important lessons in Malcolm Mitchell’s story:
1 A good story is a powerful thing.
2 A bookstore fosters community.
3 Don’t be afraid to make a new friend.
4 Discussion enhances appreciation of a book.
5 There’s always room for one more.
Mitchell’s ongoing story is such an inspiration, however, I think there’s more to say:
6 Be inspired by your interests—and pass them on!
Thanks, Malcolm Mitchell. We bookies are all rooting for you.
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