Life’s Equation by Frank Diadone – Excerpt, Q&A

TRANSFORMATIONAL BOOK HELPS READERS FIND THEIR LIFE PURPOSE

Author Frank Daidone’s memoir Life’s Equation is introspective and vulnerable, inspires people from all walks of life to reach their full potential

Trying to make sense of your purpose in life can be an overwhelming task. But what if you were handed an impactful, potentially transformational book that was easy to read and guided you to the answer we’ve all asked ourselves: “What’s my purpose?”

Life’s Equation is an easy read with a rewarding, powerful message. Frank Daidone’s memoir provides readers with a formula to discover their true purpose through uniquely explaining and defining life’s energy and how that energy directly affects one’s actions, reactions, and fundamental existence. “I hope readers gain an understanding that while we are all unique in our own way,” said Daidone, “There really is a common energy in all of us.”

Written in the style of a memoir telling an introspective story of vulnerable, heartbreaking, humorous and very relevant life lessons, Life’s Equation invites the reader in for a personal look at the author’s unique experiences and relationships he has shared with people he’s met along the way that offered great influence in his life. Originally based on a paper titled ‘Understanding is the Energy which Constitutes Life”, Life’s Equation was written for anyone seeking inspiration, ultimate fulfillment, and individual growth.

And the message is one that has impacted many. “I’ve had people both young and old thank me in very emotional manners for writing the book and have expressed to me how much the message impacted them personally and often times helped with healing.”

Dedicated to Daidone’s late brother Anthony who lived with Cerebral Palsy until his passing at the age of 17, Daidone has dedicated a portion of book sales to support United Cerebral Palsy.

Meet Frank Daidone
Author, Speaker, and Business Leader

Daidone is a dynamic author, business leader and speaker. His heartening talks to audiences of all backgrounds and interests provide invaluable insight on his own experience to help to inspire others. His greatest passion lies within creating a strong foundation for exploring our strengths and passions. Strongly aligned with his mission to create a strong foundation for our future by helping children explore their strengths and passions through leveraging today’s workforce by bridging many gaps, he supports various nonprofits including Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Tennyson Center for Children, Nurse-Family Partnership and Colorado Technology Association. When Frank isn’t out sharing his perspective on the world, his biggest accomplishment is being a proud father to his two daughters. With them and his wife, Frank enjoys traveling and exploring, whether that’s around the world or right at home in Denver.

For more, as well as upcoming presentation dates, visit FrankDaidone.net.

Life’s Equation is an extension of this mission.

Frank is best known for bringing large organizations together, as well as transforming the mundane into something substantive and meaningful. After eight years with Chipotle, Frank left his private sector post to accept an appointment from Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock. He served as Chief Information Officer for the City and county of Denver and during his governmental tenure, Frank transformed the culture of a public sector organization by running it like a cutting edge start up; empowering the people within to rise to their greatest potential.

Outside of his professional career, Frank devotes much of his time to nonprofit organizations. He has mentored a thirteen-year-old boy from the age of seven through Big Brother’s Big Sisters, supports the Tennyson Center for Children through their mission of supporting at-risk children, and serves as Chief Operations Officer for Nurse-Family Partnership to support the long-term success for first-time moms in poverty, their babies and society. He also is the Executive Chair of the education committee for Colorado Technology Association where he formed two mentorship program through Denver and Aurora Public Schools so that high school students may explore opportunities and interests as they begin their college and career search.

When Frank isn’t out sharing his perspective on the world, his biggest accomplishment is being a proud father to his two daughters. With them and his wife, Frank enjoys traveling and exploring, whether that’s around the world or right at home in Denver.

Visit FrankDaidone.net to purchase Life’s Equation. $1 from each sale benefits United Cerebral Palsy.

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As promised, here is an excerpt from Life’s Equation

Life’s Equation Excerpt     

Some memories from my childhood are visually and emotionally challenging and I’ve learned to control recalling them – although they will always be part of me. One memory I learned to control many years ago began when my parents went over to my grandmother’s and left Anne and me at home with Anthony. He was already in bed and I had just finished brushing my teeth when the doorbell rang. A moment later I heard loud noises coming from the living room and then I heard Anne yell, “Stop it! Get out of here!”

In fear, I ran to my parents’ room and called 911 from the phone on my mom’s bedside table. A woman instantly answered and said, “This is 911.”

“Someone broke into our house,” I said.

Anne continued yelling, “Get off me!”

I dropped the phone and looked down the hallway. I could see two guys in my house and one was holding Anne against the wall. He had one hand holding her arm and the other on her neck. Without thinking I ran towards them down the hallway and into the kitchen. They didn’t see me because they were focused on Anne, so I grabbed the metal broom from the side of the refrigerator and ran into the living room swinging the broom like a baseball bat as hard as I could at the guy holding Anne. The broom made a loud noise when it hit him in the back of the head. He let go of Anne and put his hands over his head as he ran out the door, and that’s when I realized it was Andy and one of his friends. Anne slammed the door behind them and locked it the moment it shut. A minute later red and blue lights were flashing through the front windows and my parents pulled up in front of our house.

A few months later there was a quick trial, Anne had to testify, and Andy and his friend were put on probation for a year. Anne became extremely quiet after testifying. My parents explained to me that her life and circumstances were different from the way I viewed things. To me everything was simple, but Anne’s situation was a bit more complicated and she needed some time to think. Months later she announced, “I’m in love, and I’m moving out.”

Her decision came as a shock to all of us because she was only seventeen. My parents couldn’t stop her from leaving, and I was devastated to see them powerless. I had lived with Anne my entire life, and I cherished all my time with her, especially the good times we shared. She had looked after me, protected me, comforted me, and now that was over. When she left it happened so quickly that the only thing I recall her saying to me was, “Don’t put up with crap from anyone.” She was older than me, smarter than me and just like that, she was gone.

A few months after my sister left, my dad took a job that would transfer us to the east end of Long Island. My mom and dad sat me down at the kitchen table and informed me that we were moving to a new town thirty minutes away and I’d be going to a new school. They said it would be a chance for us to start over, but what they really meant was it would be a chance for us to start healing the hole in our hearts. Even though the decision seemed sudden, I knew moving was for the best and looked forward to it. School was easy for me and I didn’t have any close friends, plus I always felt empty when I passed Anne’s room. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for my parents to know she was gone.

Our house sold in one day and thirty days later it was empty. My parents were finishing off some last minute details in the house, and I was in the backyard saying goodbye to our garden, “The Woods,” and my childhood. My dad stepped outside and could see the sadness on my face. “We’re ready to go,” he said, “and I want you to be the last one to leave this yard. We’ll be waiting in the car.” He always knew just what to say.

I was standing there staring, wondering if I’d ever see my home again, when I noticed Andy and his friend in the neighbor’s yard pulling weeds from their flower garden. I walked over to the fence where he was kneeling and said, “See you around.”

 

Q&A with Author Frank Daidone

For those who haven’t read it yet, can you give us a quick summary of what Life’s Equation is all about?
It’s really about asking ourselves ‘What is my purpose?” More specifically, questioning whether or not we’re on the right path. As far back as I can remember, I’ve attempted to make sense of my own purpose in life, sometimes accepting only what seemed realistic while disregarding pretty much anything else. Most of us subconsciously go through this same exercise throughout multiple stages of our lives, while others constantly surrender to the critical voice in their head, replacing the possibility and creativity with resistance and doubt.

We all have the tendency to set unfulfilling goals for ourselves, which restricts our personal potential and makes us miss valuable opportunities because of our own struggle with self-doubt.

That’s how Life’s Equation came together. I wanted to share my own stories about people I’ve met along the way who influenced me in inspiring ways while also elaborating further on some basic, but unexpected truths and life lessons that I hope, in turn, will inspire readers of the book. I hope readers will celebrate their experiences through logically discovering their true purpose, all while helping to make the world a better place in the process.

You are accomplished in so many parts of your life. What inspired you to take the plunge into authoring a book?
I’ve always had a unique, and I believe, acute perspective on reality. I also almost always apply logic to projects, challenges and truly any issue I’m dealt with, working to eliminate and/or reduce any emotional barriers that can cloud judgment and clarity. Throughout my life, I’ve had the ability to see my life and experiences both internally and externally.

In other words, while I’m experiencing situations in the moment whether mundane or extraordinary, I’m collecting the information, almost as an observer, to be able to apply it in a scientific manner to gain a clearer perspective and understanding. I began putting a pen to paper to create a formula that made sense of one’s experiences and how information gained from those experiences is constituted through exploring a common energy in all living things twenty years ago. The reflection of my life’s experiences through this process is what inspired me to be a writer.

Memoirs are such a delicate craft – it’s really a balance between personal and the
universal. Was it difficult to balance the two?
Not really, when you have the connection of the personal to the universal, clarity and balance of the two become more accessible. The process itself was transformational and certainly, there were certain roadblocks as it was almost like working in real time. Different from most people, I don’t have a problem putting myself out there, in fact, I needed to check in to make sure it wasn’t too much and wanted to keep my stories relevant and with empathy for the readers.

What do you consider to be the most essential elements of a well-written memoir?
I strongly believe that when one chooses to write such a personal exposé, it’s essential to go “all in.” In other words, if you’re not going to put everything out there from the beginning to the end, even being remotely tentative, you might want to choose another route. It’s just my personal opinion, but I believe writing in a relatable manner including honest stories, both humorous and heartbreaking is essential to a good memoir.

Each chapter provides incredible insight and an overall lesson. Do you have a favorite from the book?
That’s a hard question because I believe the lessons in all of the chapters are pertinent to the
message. However, if I were to answer the question honestly, I do have a few; Chapter four on perspective is one of the individually empowering concepts that the reader can actually have control over. I also like the final chapter on “purpose” because it incorporates imagination in order to help craft one’s future.

Your book has been impacting people across all ages and stages of their life. What’s the biggest lesson you hope they take away from reading Life’s Equation?
The feedback both verbally and through written reviews has been extraordinary. I’ve had people both young and old thank me in very emotional manners for writing the book and have expressed to me how much the message impacted them personally and often times helped with healing. I hope that the readers gain an understanding that while we are all unique in our own way, there really is a common energy in all of us. I hope that message is clarified and inspires them to want to help make the world a better place, not just for themselves, but for all.

A percentage your book sales goes toward United Cerebral Palsy. Can you tell us a bit more about how and why you got involved with the organization?
As children, alongside my family, my sister and I were both volunteers for UCP as a result of my brother having Cerebral Palsy. In dedicating my book to my brother, I felt it necessary to get involved with a related organization to help in any way I could and formed a relationship with the Director of Institutional Support and donate $1 of every book sale to UCP.

That’s truly incredible! Can you tell us a bit about your brother Anthony, and how his CP impacted your family dynamic growing up? How did it affect you?
Anthony was and still is my true hero and my inspiration for practically every charge in my life. While we never exchanged words verbally to each other we had a very special connection. His joy of life despite his extraordinary inhibiting circumstances far surpassed any level of contentment I have ever witnessed in any human being. While our family growing up was restricted to doing practically any normal family activities, outings or vacations together, Anthony’s existence enriched the dynamic in our family and shaped who we all are today.

What’s on the horizon for you as an author? Can we expect to see more writing from you in 2017 and beyond?
I am currently working on book number two as we speak. It is a continuation of Life’s Equation by taking the ideas and concepts to a new level attempting to address issues we all face as a society. I have a vision of a brighter more peaceful existence for all living things and I see a clear path on how we can get there. My next book will be a roadmap for peace.

 

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