Luke Reynolds, author of Even More Fantastic Failures!, shares stories of successful people whose past challenges positively impacted their path to success. Luke is a passionate believer in the power of stories to transform lives—especially stories that help us understand that we all fail and flounder sometimes. Luke has been a public-school English teacher at both the secondary and middle school levels, and he currently is an assistant professor of Education at Endicott College. He completed his PhD at Boston College and focuses on teaching, writing, and reading as three crucial paths towards compassion, kindness, and connection. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy Join The Spark Joy Club today! In this episode, you’ll enjoy: Luke tells us about his book, Even More Fantastic Failures, and how he decided to write about how failure can define our later successes. We discuss how failure can be an important part of learning who we are and what we want in our lives. Learn techniques to learn from past failures in order to get on a path to success while tidying. Hear Karin’s favorite story in the book about President Obama. How to use failure and setbacks to get back on track. Learn about the universal experiences of failure that Luke found in common with many of the people he writes about. Luke’s favorite organization tip: Luke recalled the story of Alan Naiman. Alan Naiman was a very modest and humble person, but saved all his life to leave a legacy of millions of dollars to his favorite causes. “Focusing on small moments and simple acts of love and connection can make a big difference in the world and create a profound legacy.” What's sparking the most joy for Luke: “Luke is grateful for his very organized wife! He says he can always tell when she’s been in a room, because it always feels better for her being there. (Wow, what a compliment!) Learn more about Luke and his latest book release, Even More Fantastic Failures, at LukeReynolds.com And, exclusively for Spark Joy podcast listeners, Luke is giving away a copy of the hardback edition of his book! To win, be the first to email email@example.com with “Even More Fantastic Failures” in the subject line. Gems: “I know there’s a lot of failure that happens that redirects someone to getting where they want to be.” “Even when people achieved some great thing, it didn’t mean that the struggle is all over.” “All of that path, all of that letting go, prepared us for what was really for us.” “Nothing is wasted, it all matters.” The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of TidySpecial Guest: Luke Reynolds.