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The Backpack: How to Understand and Manage Yourself While Loving Others Along the Way tells the story of Jon, Sofia, and Buddy, whose pathways merge on a life-changing flight. Written by a senior consultant with the Flippen Group (a worldwide leader in self-awareness training), the book brings together an angry passenger, a wise flight attendant, and a down-home cowboy. Their chance meeting leads to the ride of their lives as they fully grasp the importance and meaning of their backpacks. 

As this engaging story reveals, self-awareness is like a backpack! If we are to be prepared to succeed on the journey of life, we need to know and accept which backpack is ours, decide what we need to put in it or take out of it, and be fully aware of how our backpacks are affecting all of the other passengers around us. The question is: Are we whacking the other passengers with our backpack as we travel through life...or are we helping them? 

The Backpack offers a story that explores the concepts of self-awareness and other-awareness, including the importance of appreciating your personality, living by your core values, mentally preparing for your day, being aware of your impact on others, and packing your backpack wisely.

©2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc (P)2019 Gildan Media

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-19

Amazing Book

I loved this book so much! It made me think of everything so different! Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-19

Powerful and Inspiring

The backpack is such an inspiring and relatable story! Every reader is able to relate to one of the characters and find your wisdom and guidance very powerful as we each make critically important choices every day about how we treat others.

I especially love the heart and care that shines through the characters and story line. Thank you!

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  • Jim
  • 29-07-19

Instant Classic!

This business fable was beautifully written. It is an engaging story that we can all relate to, and it is the perfect length to cover all the concepts without dragging on. If you are interested in better self-awareness, practical takeaways, and relating better with others, then this is the book for you!

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  • Annette Baechle
  • 19-07-19

Much needed message for ALL!

I just finished listening to the audio version of The Backpack. I loved everything about it!
Creating a very relatable story with humor and wisdom to express a very important message and life lessons was so impactful. I read (listen) to a lot of self development books and this was a great change to learn and grow from “fictional” characters.
I will definitely be more aware of my own backpack or big red tote in my case.
Thank you Tim A. Gardner for a message that is much needed in our world today!

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  • Dena Wellman
  • 12-02-21

Fiction with no endinng

Last paragraph ....you decide how this book should end. No closure which means unfulfilling. We read for enjoyment. This was not enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-19

Good book about self reflection.

Backpack - is a bulls eye symbol for what we are carring in our minds :) A must read for all. Good narration.