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The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer: Living with Purpose and Passion

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

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A postscript to this edition includes a touching letter that Berg’s young daughter wrote about her father for the Books for a Better Life Awards ceremony.

On December 26, 1983, Art Berg was traveling to see his fiancée when his car went off the road. A broken neck left him a quadriplegic. Doctors told Berg he would never walk, hold a job, or have children. But they could not have been more wrong. Berg was determined to prevail, and would one day wear his own Super Bowl ring.

In The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer, Berg recounts his harrowing and inspirational story while imparting larger lessons about life, fear, and passion. Never giving up, Art resolved to embrace life even more fully, and established a thriving career as a motivational speaker, giving more than 150 speeches each year.

Tragically, Art Berg died in February 2002, but his inspiring story — a singular vision of passion and conviction — lives on in The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer. Review
In the preface, Art Berg (Finding Peace in Troubled Waters, Some Miracles Take Time) says he’s going to tell us a story, and that we might find that story a tragedy. And while his story of a flipped car and permanent paralysis will inspire sympathy, Berg is so plainspoken and wryly positive, chances are that it will only take readers a couple of chapters before that sympathy becomes a desire for personal growth.

Berg’s folksy suggestions include treating a bad day like a cold virus: “you can make all kinds of moaning sounds. But the reality is, it usually will last for 24 to 48 hours.” He also recommends that we not ask why bad things happen, because there is never a reasonable answer and the process leads all too easily to what he calls “why-ning.”

These notions may seem like oversimplification, but his little snippets of wisdom are surrounded by stories of the types of obstacles most of us never encounter, like dealing with doctors who said he’d never move independently again, flight attendants treating him differently because of his wheelchair, an inability to make a simple “thumbs up” sign to his daughter, and relearning how to accomplish simple daily tasks.

With moving examples like these as the basis for his philosophy, Berg smoothly ties the events of his life together with appealingly simple ideas to help you focus on your true desires and strengths. –Jill Lightner

The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer: Living with Purpose and Passion

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