Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion
By: Joe Schmit
Published: February 3, 2014
I was thrilled to be contacted by the author to review his book. It was a coincidence to find out that he used to work for the news station in our area before he made his way to Minneapolis.
Joe Schmit has had life experiences that many people dream about, meeting sports heroes and scoring those awesome interviews with coaches. What he has done with those experiences is turn them into life lessons and showed how everyone, no matter who they are, can have an impact on other’s lives.
In SILENT IMPACT, Schmit shows us that people of influence can be the person who has the corner office, but is often the person who cleans the corner office. These people often share a purpose, are persistent, and have a passion, either in their career or in life in general. As any good reporter will do, Schmit shows us people of influence and tells us the stories we have never heard. For example, we hear about Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins MVP, and how his influence in the high school cafeteria had a ripple effect on multiple lives. In contrast, we are also introduced to an elderly gentleman who daily visits to a Wendy’s drive-thru had a huge impact on his life. Each of these stories will make you stop and think about the impact you are making on others.
SILENT IMPACT is a short book that is full of life lessons and truly is a must-read. I either laughed or cried on nearly every page. I had several “A-ha” moments and many quotes and lessons I want to remember. SILENT IMPACT will leave a big impression on your life and you will want to share it with everyone you know.
I’ll be featuring several quotes from Schmit in the coming weeks in my Monday Inspiration posts. I featured the first one this week, HERE. This book is full of happiness and you will be inspired to make an impact on the lives of others.
Joe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, and popular keynote speaker. He has covered every major sporting event in the past three decades. Joe is currently the sports director at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joe is also a community leader, currently leading a $7.2 million dollar campaign with his wife, Laura, for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota.