Living the Life of Your Dreams

Marilyn Tam’s new book, “Living the Life of Your Dreams – The Secrets to Turning Your Dreams into Reality” (Waterside Productions) reached #21 on Amazon’s bestseller list of Self Help and Success categories on the day of launch, in spite of Amazon’s running out of books by 10am that day. A portion of the publicity books shipped prior to launch to the Press and Media never arrived. Still Global eBook Awards judged “Living the Life of Your Dreams” the eBook of the Year in the Inspirational/Visionary category soon after the book’s launch.

As a native from Hong Kong who arrived in America barely speaking English, Marilyn’s own journey provides a fascinating backdrop to her book. Her journey started with humble beginnings as the second daughter of a traditional Hong Kong family. She said no to her destiny of working in the factories and was motivated by her dream of working in international relief.

She came to the US alone as a teen and worked her way through Oregon State University to earn a Masters in Economics, and said no again to the complacent acceptance of a woman’s place in the corporate world. She overcame “glass ceilings and glass walls” by encouraging and supporting the best of the people around her to achieve the highest interests of the company and the community. Her unlikely rise at a time when virtually no women, Asian Americans or persons of color were in corporate hierarchy made people want to know her recipe for success.

As a Fortune 500 executive Marilyn worked her way up from a retail clerk to Vice President of Nike, President of Reebok Apparel & Retail Group and CEO of Aveda. She is now CEO of her own company and the co-Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation, a global non-profit organization devoted to youth issues, education, environmental issues and conditions for peace.

Marilyn said that she wrote “Living the Life of Your Dreams – The Secrets of Turning Your Dreams into Reality” because in both her work speaking and consulting globally and with her humanitarian work, she has heard many people share concerns about the incessant demands on their time, energy and resources. She said the constant pressure to be doing more than one is capable of is stretching people beyond their comfort zone and ability to feel that they are living a life of balance.

“The inner questioning of whether one can ever climb out of the hole of wanting and trying to gain some measure of financial stability, health, fulfilling relationships, inner peace, joy and a meaning for life is pervasive in the population,” said Marilyn. “This hunger and fear are driving the collective unconsciousness and is particularly acute in women, who are expected to juggle work, home and a personal life and look good while doing it!”

Having experienced this same feeling more than once, and finding out ways to be centered and at peace amidst all the chaos and urgent demands, Marilyn set out to share insights and wisdom she has gained from other experts and from her own experience with others. “To enable them to have dynamic balance in their lives so that they too can achieve the Life of their Dreams, hence the book, “Living the Life of Your Dreams”, she said.

Marilyn looks as vibrant and with more energy and vitality today as she did before starting a stress filled career as a corporate executive years ago. She says its all part of her healthy outlook on life, and she now teaches others the tools, action steps and secrets on to how to achieve your dream life.

Tam has put together a bunch of free gifts for anyone who visits her webpage. These gifts are full of inspiring and useful secrets of healthy, happy and successful living from Jack Canfield, Joan Borysenko, and other experts.

“Living the Life of Your Dreams” is available in print and eBook in any of the e-reader formats, iPad, Kindle, or Nook etc. The book is also available within 24 hours from Barnes & Noble, and because the book is on the new Print On Demand system, it is also available at sooner than its online message of one to three weeks for delivery.

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