A Birthday Wish

Mitch JoelPosted by

Yes, today is my Birthday.

I’m not big on birthdays. That’s not true. I’m just not big on my own birthday. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I never got the pony that I wanted when I was a little kid (joke!). I’ve received a bunch of kind birthday wishes already (many thanks). With that, many people have also said that they are going to buy a copy of my new book, CTRL ALT Delete, today as "birthday gift." And, to be honest, that’s just amazingly awesome.

Still, it feels a little self-serving.

I not only can’t stop anyone from doing that, because I do want to encourage as many people as possible to buy CTRL ALT Delete (that is the job of selling a book), but I certainly don’t want to spend my birthday hawking the book. So, here’s what I decided to do: I am going to give $5 for every book sold today to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light The Night Walk. Every year, I take part in the Light The Night Walk because one of my best friend’s daughter had Leukemia (you can read the full story here: Fighting Cancer… Again). She’s fine now, but she is one of the lucky few. So, if you buy a book today, please email me your receipt ([email protected]) and I will make the donation in your honor.

A little less-self-serving.

Regardless of how well this little birthday wish does, I am also committing $1000 to the walk as a birthday present to myself and on behalf of all of you. Thank you so much for reading, listening, following and, yes, even buying CTRL ALT Delete. Birthdays are a moment that allow each of us to reflect on how lucky we are. I am very lucky to have all of you in my life. Thank you for inspiring, pushing, provoking, sharing and caring.

It means the world to me. 

8 comments

  1. I have 3 children aged 19, 22, and 24. I can’t think of a better choice than this new book as gifts to help prepare them as they start their careers. Belated Happy Birthday + thanks for the gift ideas – I was all out of ideas for them this year! A call-out to all you parents of emerging adults.

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