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November 20, 2019
I've both dreaded and looked forward writing this for two years.
Dreaded because of the fear of what people will think when they find out this part of me.
Looked forward to because of the relief of people knowing all of me.
Two years ago I decided I was going to write Chasing the Bright Side; a book that helps us channel optimism when we need it the most. I knew that if I was going to talk about optimism, then I had to tell the full story of how I found it.
It wasn't a story where I was skipping through the world looking for ways to give back. It wasn't a story where I just magically chased the bright side. It wasn't a story where I jumped out of bed one day and started a global give-back business. It's a story that I've tried to keep tucked away in a box in the back of my closet since it happened almost eleven years ago.
It was one of those stories that you see in the headlines and you think to yourself: that will never happen to me.
But it did. And when we realize that anything can happen to us, we can choose to live in the fear of the unknown or the excitement of possibility. And optimism is about living in the excitement of possibility.
I sat down with People Magazine for an exclusive interview about being related to Bernie Madoff and my family's experience throughout this scandal.But as you'll read in this article and in Chasing the Bright Side, we may have had this traumatic experience, but this is far from our story.
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