Touched And Blessed By Author Marilyn Tam


I have a few autographed books that I really treasure. The books are valuable to me, because they are addressed to me by the authors themselves, they are one of a kind.

Among my collection of autographed books, the one that I treasure the most is the newest addition, “The Happiness Choice” by Marilyn Tam.

Here is the story behind it.

While the book title sounded familiar to me, I had never heard the author’s name Marilyn Tam until Aug. 28 when I read her guest column on that day.

Tam has an inspiring life story, a successful career path, a weekly radio show, and three books. Her Asian background (originally from Hong Kong) and her amazing success as an author, speaker and businesswoman was very intriguing and inspiring for me. Writers are my heroes. So I sent her a simple email to express my congratulation and admiration. I was also interested in reading her new book “The Happiness Choice,” and my email would put me in her book giveaway drawing.

My email to Tam:

Dear Marilyn,

I read your column and then visited your website to learn more about you. I was really impressed by your writings and achievements as an author, speaker and business leader. What an interesting life journey you have had so far! I really admire you for what you have done. As an Asian woman, you are a great inspiration and role model for me. I aspire to be a writer, but feel I have not reached my potential and am not living my dreams.
I am looking forward to reading your books. 

A few days later I found out that I was one of the book winners. So I was looking forward to receiving the book in the mail.

When I received the book this Saturday, I was very surprised and touched by what I got. Tam not only autographed the book for me, she also included a personalized letter in the book which I didn’t expect.

When I read Tam’s bio (Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate/Leadership Coach, and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. and also a successful entrepreneur who has developed and built four companies. Marilyn is a contributing writer to Huffington Post and she has a weekly radio show), I couldn’t imagine that she would take the time to write to me. Her generosity and kindness deeply touched me and blessed me. This personal touch has made her book more special and valuable for me.

I am looking forward to finishing reading the book, and will share some highlights from the book.