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“It really was an odd coincidence that a book about people who are happy and effective helps to counsel those who are potentially unhappy and paralyzed by their own unnecessary speed bumps or superficial external pressures. You have created something special and I am so grateful (for my own enjoyment) and happy for you that you tapped into a very potent topic that is so meaningful and helpful to your readers. Congratulations and thank you!”
Christina French, Publisher & Editor, Table Magazine





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Think how cool the Navy Seals had to be to chopper into Pakistan to take out Osama bin Laden. The good among the great I’ve encountered are also cool, calm and collected. They have highly objective, even detached personalities. When you first meet them, they can come across as a little bit cool or aloof. But they are also deeply connected to the rest of humanity, especially those they love. It’s simply a paradox.

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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People by Donald Van de Mark is now available at Amazon.com.  It explores the 19 personality traits shared by the good souls among the highest achievers in business, the arts and more. Do you have the traits?





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What a week! The future king of England marries a poised and beautiful commoner, President Obama slaps the “birther” movement upside the head with his long form birth certificate, and U.S. forces fight their way into Osama Bin Laden’s fortified Pakistani hideout and assassinate the terrorist leader.

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For our purposes this week, the love story that played out in Westminster Abbey is most instructive. For the most part, we 21st century earthlings are a jaded bunch. Despite our love of mythical adventures such as Harry Potter, we don’t believe much in Truth or chivalry. And we oppose inherited privilege. And yet, the marriage of His Royal Highness William Arthur Philip Louis to Kate Middleton made us hope, if not believe for a moment, that those of noble character not only exist, but sit on the highest seats in the land.

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On Sunday, May 1, Donald spoke to Sydnie Kohara, host of CBS News Channel 5 San Francisco’s “Bay Sunday,” about some of the traits described in his book The Good Among the Great. Click here or on the image to view the video.