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I read a good book!

Posted: April 13, 2012

I read a good book!

I love to read and do it a lot, which means I have a big basis for comparison for new ones.  Well, I read a great one!  It’s by Mickey Cail and it’s called “I Hate Bad News” and it’s part memoir, part chronicle of the life and times of the major Jewish community organizations in Boston, and part entreaty to life one’s life with gusto, spirit and a commitment to tikkun olam (repair of the world).

One of my favorite aspects of the book is it reads like you’re having a conversation with him in your living room.  It’s warm, direct and inviting in terms of language and tone.  By tracing his life back to his childhood, you can really see how his indomitable spirit was born.

The advice he gives is so relevant—don’t wait, make things happen.  And his story illustrates how powerful that imperative can be—Mickey has made a huge difference in our organization, at Hebrew College, at Combined Jewish Philanthropy and many other places.

He also always says “communicate” (and not through email or text only) and remain optimistic no matter what—it’s a self-fulfilling prophesy.  I remember these nuggets at all key moments and they are great guides.


Thanks Mickey.

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