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date submitted 10.06.2010
date updated 14.06.2010
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Doing Good Works

Bryan Douglas & Sean Elliot Martin

The idea is quite simple, It's the small things in life that make the biggest difference.

 

“Pay it forward” is a familiar concept. People talk about the idea and smile. Bryan Douglas was different. He thought the idea sounded so good that he wanted to test it out. So he actually did it. And the experience changed his life and positively impacted the lives of others.

The interesting thing is, Bryan didn’t look for people who were really down and out. He just looked for people who needed a hand. How? He put a notice on Craigslist! Then, when he got some responses, he went out and did what he said he would—he helped people and asked only that someday they might help someone else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd8m1Kqgbjg

His experience was strong enough that it moved him to write a book based on a direct experience of doing good.

Doing Good Works! is a simple and clear description and discussion of the benefit for the world, the recipient and the one providing the “good” work. Extraordinary quotes from ordinary people punctuate each chapter. Ideas for little things you can do that produce positive movement abound. Inspiration for doing good is on every page—not because anyone's trying to convince you, simply because it 's clear that doing good…works!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doing-good-works/id365521616?mt=8

 
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RichardBard wrote 974 days ago

Hi Bryan!

Since you haven’t been to Authonomy for a while, I hope it’s okay that I’m sending this through your book comment:

I’d like to thank you for backing BRAINRUSH (a Thriller) last year. Because of you it hit the Authonomy Number-1 slot, attracted an agent, and landed a film option. Now that’s a brain-rush! The formal book launch is September 1st and the sequel will be released in December. None of this would have been possible without your help. So, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Sincerely,
Richard Bard, BRAINRUSH

PS. If you want a good laugh, check out the temporary book-trailer video on the BRAINRUSH website. It’s there as a placeholder for the upcoming professional video. The current one features children and it’s guaranteed to make you smile! And yes, the younger kid on the screen is really me. You can see the video at www.RichardBard.com. The link is also on my Authonomy profile page. While you’re there, check out the “Feel the Rush” promotion that will get you BRAINRUSH plus 2 FREE thrillers from the Kindle Top-20 PAID Bestseller list – yes, really!

Ron Mitchell wrote 1386 days ago

Although not necessarily an original thought your take on the positive reinforcement of others is very inspiring and challenging. Best of luck with your continued writing. I would appreciate your support of December Gold.

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1396 days ago

What a great concept for a book! There was a movie with the same theme - I think Helen Hunt was in it. If only we all could do one good thing each day, even something tiny, the world would be a much different place. Excellent premise and nice writing! BACKED -Elizabeth Wolfe (Memories of Glory)

KW wrote 1398 days ago

Yeah, it's possible and we are making changes with this site. What the changes may be, however, is not exactly clear. I agree that "the single most common and most devastating mistake that most people around the world make on a regular basis is that they underestimate their own abilities for positive change." Also, I believe the "box is a myth." Yes, here on the Internet we can "pay it forward." This site and others are ways to do so. Therefore, I'm backing your book. I wish you the best of luck with it. That's a win-win, plain and simple.

Raymond Crane wrote 1398 days ago

I liked your pitch so I backed your book - perhaps you could have a look at my books - thanks and goodluck !

klouholmes wrote 1399 days ago

Hi Bryan and Sean, An uplifting narrative. It’s also thought-provoking and with examples like the Tesla one, shows the efficacy in positive action and imagination. The Chicago experiment sounds very interesting in the actuality of it. My only thought is for you to add more detail at first to the examples. I would have liked a whole paragraph on Tesla and would have liked an event or anecdote of the craigslist experiment at the outset. You probably put those detail in later and that sounds like good reading. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

Famlavan wrote 1399 days ago

You have some very good ideas in this, very positive.
Like the optimism but most of all I like the congruence, it feels like you walk the talk. Good luck with this!!

Jedda wrote 1400 days ago

Philosophical, educational and inspiring. I agree with your ideas and think your trip to Chicago must have been a life changing experience. Backed, Regards, Anne

Francesco wrote 1401 days ago

Interesting and intelligent.
Backed with pleasure. Good Luck.
Frank.
You may also want to approach BJD (a big supporter of Sicilian Shadows) for a further possible backing of your book.

delhui wrote 1402 days ago

Dear Bryan --

We're always fascinated by others who write together as we do, so we came to check out Doing Good Works, and we're so happy that we did. You and Sean have written a terrifcly inspirational book, part uplifting memoir and part suggestion/how-to for the rest of us to get going and do some good. Excellent!

It's our pleasure to support your book. -- Delhui, The Long Black Veil

Andrew Burans wrote 1402 days ago

I like the message. Backed with pleasure.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

Alnbarr wrote 1403 days ago

I love this book. It is positive and if people act on it then the world would be a much better place. I back it with pleasure. Alan. "The Right Yoke"

BryanDouglas wrote 1404 days ago

This is such a positive read it made me feel fantastic. It flowed nicely and your points are just soooo right. I really hope this finds a publisher. I would happily buy it.
Carl
The Time hunters



Hey Carl, Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I am going to start to pursue a publisher/ agent in the near future so hopefully we make it to the book shelves. :)

Thanks again!

carlashmore wrote 1404 days ago

This is such a positive read it made me feel fantastic. It flowed nicely and your points are just soooo right. I really hope this finds a publisher. I would happily buy it.
Carl
The Time hunters

A Knight wrote 1404 days ago

Brian and Sean,

This is an excellently presented and clear treatise on paying it forward - a brilliant concept that would work wonders if put into action. Not only does it lay out the idea, but it's actively encouraging the reader to jump into action.

Backed with pleasure.
Abi xxx

Barry Wenlock wrote 1404 days ago

Hi Brian and Sean,
This is such a brilliant concept and it's well-written, too.
You do have some very long paragraphs which you might consider shortening or breaking up.
Now, I'm going to do something good and back your book!
I wish you all the best with this.
Best wishes,
Barry
LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

name falied moderation wrote 1405 days ago

Bryan and Sean I have come back to this book again. I BACKED you but you know I could not leave this book alone. I just wanted to let you know BEST of luck again

BryanDouglas wrote 1405 days ago

Hi Bryan and Sean! What an interesting read! I think you're paying it forward just by writing this book. :) Great cover, too. BACKED.

I hope you'll take a look at my book, THE SLEEPING MAN. A return backing would be greatly appreciated. :)



Thanks a bunch! I just added your book onto my watch list and I will check it out as soon as I get a free minute. I'm flying up to NY this week, so I should have a little down time to check it out. :)

BryanDouglas wrote 1405 days ago

Love the core message. Doing a little can mean a lot.

As for the writing itself. Each paragraph should have a single thought or focus. Some of yours are more than a page long, and have several perspectives and messages. Sometimes less is more.



Thanks for the comment. I'm going to toss that around for awhile. I know what you mean, sometimes less is more.

Thanks again!

BryanDouglas wrote 1405 days ago

I agree with your comment that we underestimate our ability to make a positive change. What a good thing you didn't.
I'm filled with admiration for your guts. instead of moaning about the state of the world, and inadvertantly blaming others for it, you set out to do something. Then had the energy and inspiration to write this book.
You have a very readable and literary style and since you write about people, who could fail to be interested, even from just a nosy point of view?
The only small criticism is the format in the uploading - the lines are very short and somehow interrupt the flow.
I'm carping. It's a fascinating book. Backed. Lynn



Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I actually had to cut/paste the text from my pdf document to upload the text from the deigned version. I may sit down over the next week and re-format that in Microsoft Word.

When I cut/pasted it from the PDF it took the headers, titles, quote boxes and jumbled them all up, so it took a little time to get it presentable back to word format. lol Usually the hard part is getting the design, not the other way around.

It is a pretty fun project. Guts! Heck ya, it took a lot of guts. Kinda scary getting out in the spotlight and trying to make something happen. ( was and still is )

I guess someone has to jump into the pool and see if they can swim before anyone else will, right? :)

Thanks again!

Dean E Brown wrote 1405 days ago

Love the core message. Doing a little can mean a lot.

As for the writing itself. Each paragraph should have a single thought or focus. Some of yours are more than a page long, and have several perspectives and messages. Sometimes less is more.

lynn clayton wrote 1405 days ago

I agree with your comment that we underestimate our ability to make a positive change. What a good thing you didn't.
I'm filled with admiration for your guts. instead of moaning about the state of the world, and inadvertantly blaming others for it, you set out to do something. Then had the energy and inspiration to write this book.
You have a very readable and literary style and since you write about people, who could fail to be interested, even from just a nosy point of view?
The only small criticism is the format in the uploading - the lines are very short and somehow interrupt the flow.
I'm carping. It's a fascinating book. Backed. Lynn

BryanDouglas wrote 1405 days ago

This is a great read, Bryan and Sean. I like to think I make a difference to people's lives, I don't know if I could change the world though. But I'd sure like to try!!

Good luck with it.
Melxxxx
Impeding Justice



Hey Melxxx

Thanks for the comment! I'm sure you do make a difference in people's lives. In my opinion, all you can do is be the best person you can be and everything else will take it's course. :)

Change the world? It depends on your definition.

When you bring positivity to a negative situation, that's changing the world. Sometimes even just listening to someone that needs an ear.

How about buying the meal for the less fortunate guy on the street. I bet that's a pretty big deal to him.

All kinds of small things you are probably already doing are changing the world for the better. :)

Melcom wrote 1405 days ago

This is a great read, Bryan and Sean. I like to think I make a difference to people's lives, I don't know if I could change the world though. But I'd sure like to try!!

Good luck with it.
Melxxxx
Impeding Justice

yasmin esack wrote 1406 days ago

Dear Bryan and Sean
I found your book impressive and more so, the theme is extremely valuable and one that should be published. It is stimulating and provocative in content. Your style of writing is a cut above the rest. It was indeed a pleasure to read it.
Backed
The Lord of the Dawn.

BryanDouglas wrote 1406 days ago

Welcome aboard, Bryan & Sean. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I'm a bit of a pitch doctor, having read thousands of pitches in my time on this website, so I want to share my insight here with you. You have to think of your pitches as your sales tool to grab the casual reader's eyes. The short pitch works. The long pitch well, needs to be written, edited. Listing all the websites is not the idea of the long pitch; instead you wanna expand on your idea, not position video clips. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year and have the most commented book on the website, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key



Hey JC. Thanks for the note and the tips. I completely understand what you are talking about with the long pitch. I just found this site a few days ago and just tossed something up that came to mind. I didn't realize ( and still don't ) how this site works completely.

From what I get from the site is that you read others books, crituque them, and put them on your bookshelf if you like them.

I will have to put together a long description - you recommend something like this?

Here are two ideas, one is on the back of the book already.

“Pay it forward” is a familiar concept. People talk about the idea and smile. Bryan Douglas was different. He thought the idea sounded so good that he wanted to test it out. So he actually did it. And the experience changed his life and positively impacted the lives of others.

The interesting thing is, Bryan didn’t look for people who were really down and out. He just looked for people who needed a hand. How did he do that? He put a notice on Craigslist! Then, when he got some responses, he went out and did what he said he would—he helped people and asked only that someday they might do something for someone else.

His experience was strong enough that it moved him to write a book based on a direct experience of doing good. More than just his story, it provides the supporting evidence of the good inherent in doing good based on observable results. He financed it out of his own pocket, which could be considered another demonstration of paying it forward with little expectation other than it might inspire someone else to do what he did—in their own way, of course.

Doing Good Works! is a simple and clear description and discussion of the benefit for the world, the recipient and the one providing the “good” work. Extraordinary quotes from ordinary people punctuate each chapter. Ideas for little things you can do in a moment that produce positive movement abound. Inspiration for doing good is on every page—not because anyone is trying to convince you, simply because it is clear that doing good…works!


_____


Who Do You Help When You Do Something Good?

Something happens when you help someone with no motive other than to lend a hand. You know it. You’ve almost certainly done it before. If you take a moment to think about it, you will remember the deep sense of…something…you felt when you did it.

That “something” is hard to describe, yet it is universal. When you feel like that, you know you have done something right. Something in alignment with that better part of yourself.

Doing Good Works! re-awakens the awareness of the good in doing good. It re-energizes the enthusiasm for the idea of paying it forward. And it inspires us to re-experience the sheer joy of performing random acts of kindness.

Reading it will do your heart good. Putting it into action will be really good—for you, for others, for the world—beyond anything you might even imagine.

Go out and do some good. Then you decide who it helped.

soutexmex wrote 1406 days ago

Welcome aboard, Bryan & Sean. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I'm a bit of a pitch doctor, having read thousands of pitches in my time on this website, so I want to share my insight here with you. You have to think of your pitches as your sales tool to grab the casual reader's eyes. The short pitch works. The long pitch well, needs to be written, edited. Listing all the websites is not the idea of the long pitch; instead you wanna expand on your idea, not position video clips. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year and have the most commented book on the website, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

Burgio wrote 1407 days ago

DOING GREAT WORKS
This is an interesting book: an update on the theory of “Play it forward”. I like the way you explore your theory in the first three chapters you’ve posted. I’m hoping you’re going to describe some specific ways in which your group helped someone (similar to what you seem to have on your video) to strengthen your argument that this really works. With that included, I can see church groups buying this as a “second Bible”. I’m adding it to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

name falied moderation wrote 1407 days ago

Bryan and Sean, well I loved the book cover and this is what grabs me first. Then I read your pitch and I thought Yes so simple but worth delving into.. I loved it and really trust that this book is going to hit the bookshelves. It is a popular subject with many at the present time, well crafted and done with heart. true heart. CONGRATS and absolutely BACKED by me BEST of luck with this......I know my book is a different but....If you would review 'The Letter' and give your 'comments' and 'backing', I would appreciate it. and BEST of luck.

Denise
The Letter

SusieGulick wrote 1407 days ago

Dear Bryan, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." :) Thanks so very much. :) Since I have already "backed" your book, I will put your book on my "watchlist." Could you please take a moment to "back" my completed unedited memoir version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which at the end tells of my illness now & 6th abusive marriage. I'd be ever so grateful. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie :)
authonomy quotes: "Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs.
When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved...authonomy

BryanDouglas wrote 1407 days ago

I back this work 100% Your plug and book title are right on the money! The small acts of kindness we show other people, can change the course of their lives. I'm glad to have this book on my shelf.

Rob



Hey Rob, Thanks a Bunch!

Author apart from the rest wrote 1407 days ago

I back this work 100% Your plug and book title are right on the money! The small acts of kindness we show other people, can change the course of their lives. I'm glad to have this book on my shelf.

Rob

SusieGulick wrote 1408 days ago

Dear Bryan, I love that you have written a job on giving - Jesus said it is more blessed to give that receive - my mom raised us that way, too. ;) Your pitch was very well done. :) You created interest by having well done paragraphs & good narrow columns for a fast read, which made me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book. :) "When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved"...authonomy quote. :) Please "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end, my illness now & 6th abusive marriage." Thanks, Susie :)
additional authonomy quote: "Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs." :)
backed :)
Love, Susie :)

eloraine wrote 1408 days ago

Welcom and good luck. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

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