You are a masterpiece, created for great works that have already been planned for you. You were made to do bold and mighty things that can bring about positive, enduring change in our world. But only you can sing the song that was written for you. When you try to be like others, you don’t listen to yourself. You can’t hear your own voice. You can’t find your own song. But if you are patient, remain fully present in the moment, and refuse to rush — the music will come to you.
Are you longing for more joy and fulfillment? Are you desperate to find deeper meaning and purpose? Are you determined to live the life of your dreams? Then tune in to that lyrical, elegant music. Unlock your gifts, start living from the heart, and find yourself on a journey to authentic leadership transformation. Your life is the music, and you are the song.
Made for Amazing
In Made for Amazing, Mark Nation tells the story of Joshua Lynk, a troubled young man with an extraordinary musical talent. Josh’s father deserts him at an early age, leaving his grandfather to serve as his primary mentor and source of wisdom. Choosing fame and fortune over his grandfather’s advice, Josh neglects the deeper, spiritual part of himself. In the excitement of playing to crowds and seeking to imitate others, Josh forgets his true music. A rise to success that ends in sorrow leaves Josh in a crisis of self-doubt and pity. Recalling his grandfather’s advice to “Head for Ap Jack,” Josh returns to his grandfather’s cabin on the mountain and transforms his life, leading him to a deeper sense of purpose, joy, and professional fulfillment.
Made for Amazing serves as your guide on the journey to create a legacy of success and a life of significance. Filled with convincing portrayals of a musician’s life and relationships, this inspiring self-help parable will empower you to seek your own deeper meaning in life and reach your fullest potential. Josh’s story and the thought-provoking Questions for Reflection and Discussion will help you to unlock your giftedness, embrace your passion, and discover your authentic leadership purpose.
Meet the Author
Mark Nation is a globally-recognized management expert, leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. He is personally driven to discover what makes individuals, teams, and organizations amazing—those elements which power the heart and soul of individuals and businesses worldwide.
Mark is Founder and President of Nation Leadership, the Made for Amazing Project™, and Harvard Help Circle. He has developed and managed companies in five industries: enterprise technology, financial services, music and entertainment, construction, and professional services. He has led start-ups and served in regional and global executive roles at SAP, JDA Software, Siebel Systems (Oracle), and UNUM. Mark’s work has been leveraged across a wide range of clients–from young leaders, corporate managers, and executives, to Fortune 500 organizations, start-ups, schools, churches, and non-profits.
When not traveling, Mark is based in Tennessee with his wife and two children.
Praise for the Book
“Made for Amazing is told with grace, compassion, pathos, and heart; the story will move you to tears, then lift you up with the encouragement needed to renew your search for deeper meaning and purpose. It’s a joy to read and, most importantly, filled with a message we really need to take seriously—now more than ever.”
—Jim Kouzes, Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge
“As a musician and business leader, I have always described the essence of leadership with the visual of a choral director aligning the voices of a talented choir. And now, in this beautiful story, our souls are once again reminded that each individual is uniquely designed by God, with an amazing song to sing. Imagine the possibilities if everyone simply understood that notion.”
—Cheryl Bachelder, Author of Dare to Serve
“Mark Nation masterfully weaves principles of hope and redemption throughout its pages. What a great encouragement to anyone who feels like they have blown it in life.”
—Troy Slezak, 5-star Amazon review
“This story will really get you thinking as you visit each chapter. It is very well written and makes you want to keep turning to the next page for hours.”
—Ryan, 5-star Amazon review