Why do I say Victory Lap? Because this website has accomplished far more than I ever imagined at the beginning—February 10, 2011. My publisher at BenBella, Glenn Yeffeth, suggested in January of that year that I consider starting a blog to promote book sales. To help me get started, he recommended a book, Crush It, by Gary Vaynerchuk and the rest is history.
Not only has this blog promoted book sales, it has helped me develop my own “voice” in the world of what we humans should be eating and why. While developing that “big picture” voice, I have done far more writing in the past two years than I did while writing the book in 2010. Our book contains about 55,000 words, but this humble WordPress blog-site contains close to a million.
This blog has also enabled me to reach the requisite 10,000 hours of study—in order to become an authority in field of study. At least, that’s what Malcolm Gladwell postulated in his book, Outliers. And now that I have made that investment, I feel much more prepared to speak, consult and embrace activism as I do all that I can to execute the mission as stated in the book and on this site—promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
Making a difference. This is probably the single most important measure of success. And I can tell you that it really does feel good to know that you’re making a difference. With my blog now being seen regularly in over 100 countries, I frequently receive notes of gratitude from faraway places like Russia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil.
Opening doors. In Vaynerchuk’s book that I mentioned earlier, I remember him writing about measuring the success of a blogging effort. He recommended not obsessing about site traffic in terms of visitors or followers. While you may only have fifty followers of your site, one of those followers might be the CEO of General Motors. You just never know who might be affected by the information you are sharing.
Example. Just last week, I was invited by the former head of one of the world’s largest publishing companies to join him as his partner in a new business venture. He verbalized that invitation during our first in-person meeting in New York last week. Our initial correspondence began with an email that he sent to me on 1-12-13.
Dear Jim, Your blogs are giving me an exceptional education. You grasp the “big picture” and convey all of its ramifications in such an eloquent way — for which I thank you! I believe that we share a common, noble cause — to change the world — as you so aptly put it: Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth, and the long term sustainability of the human race — “Healthy Eating, Healthy World.”Although now in my eighties, I still have big dreams, audacious earth shattering goals and great expectations.”
My daily streak will end on February 11 with my 737th consecutive daily blog. But hpjmh.com will not be going dark. It will still be around for a very long time—hopefully long after I am gone. In the meantime, I will continue blogging, updating and adding pages—always focusing on my mission of promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
- Health for the people
- Hope for the future of our species, which is dependent on…
- Harmony for all living things that share our HOME
As for the origin of my “health, hope and harmony” phrase, it came to me in the middle of the night during my first few weeks of blogging. I was thinking of the “faith, hope and charity” phrase when I thought of the HHH alliteration—and it just clicked. I now sign all of my books with my trademark H3 (H cubed).
See the first link below where I explained the meaning of the phrase for the first time. It was before I had concluded that it’s really not about saving the planet, it’s about preserving her ability to sustain the longterm sustainability of the human race.
- Health, Hope and Harmony — and the food we eat (posted on 3-2-11)
- Click here for more “Harmony Project” blogs. The most recent three will be listed first and you can click the arrow at the bottom of the page to see the next three and so forth. There are currently a total of 13.
- One of my blogs that mentioned the 10,000 hour rule that I spoke about earlier.
- Want to help support our mission? Click here for a few ideas
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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Blogging daily at hpjmh.com…from the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.
—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation
Thanks so much Jim for your inspirational blog! As a follower of the Mcdougall program, I find your blog an excellent sourcer of reinforcement. All the best to you!
You have and will continue to make an incredible difference in the health of our nation and world. Congrats on all your endeavors.
A noble and inspirational blog.
To your coming and continual success, I wish you the best . . . you deserve it.
Thanks again for the many articles over the years and the information by many doctors and other individuals who are concerned about the world we live in and how what we do affects our health and that of the planet. Here is a link that might introduce some to the doctors who have been advocating lifestyle change to improve health. This film really goes a long way to putting it all together. Wishing you and all you touch the very best in health and happiness. Your daily blogs will be missed by many.