It’s not often that I envy other people but right at this moment I envy Neil Pasricha. I don’t envy Neil because of his blog or his book deal. I envy Neil because he has a gift.

Neil Pasricha is the author of the blog 1000 Awesome Things and its spin-off, The Book of Awesome, just out in stores this month.

The blog, started in June of 2008, is a count down of the 1000 most awesome things in life. And, even though it includes some simple pleasures, this is no simple list.

1000 Awesome Things is more like a series of short stories written by a friend who knows what makes you smile.

Truth be told, I’d like to list 20 of them right here just to get some tangential benefit from the brilliant postings but I would kind of feel like I’m stealing so I’ll just use three to make my point:

#528 When your pet notices you’re in a bad mood and comes to see you

#992 Being the first table called up to the dinner buffet at a wedding

#524 When your fries order has a few onion rings stashed in the mix

See?

Anyway, back to my envy of Neil.

Every time you stop by the ParmFarm I would like to give you a gift. A little something that helps you to grow, betters your world or brightens your day.

I envy Neil because that’s exactly what he’s been able to do with 1000 Awesome Things.

So, today I’m re-gifting Neil Pasricha to you.


The Interview – Neil Pasricha

‘Give-a-Listen’ (16:27):

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neilpasrichaWhen Neil Pasricha started his blog, life was not so awesome. Approaching 30 with his marriage in turmoil and a close friend on the brink of suicide, Neil says he started ‘1000 Awesome Things’ in an effort to focus on the positive. His goal, he says, was never fame or fortune.

“For me, it’s just about reminding myself about the good things in life”. (:32)

But Neil’s personal pick me up was soon picked up by others. Before our morning interview, his site already had more than 50,000 hits for the day. (2:09)

Among his fans, his favorite third grade teacher who wrote to say she’d read about him in the paper – which he thought was so awesome, ‘that teacher’ was added to his list. (4:22)

With the growing buzz about his blog, Neil is, no doubt, reaping great rewards. But, he says, the greatest reward is that this ‘awesome’ project has changed his thinking.

“Now, when I move my clothes from the washer to the dryer without dropping anything I think ‘awesome’!” (7:06)

With his blog skyrocketing, Neil is, in many ways, over the moon. Still, his feet remain firmly planted in the realities of life. In the last two years, he’s gotten divorced and his troubled friend did take his own life. (10:13) The ‘awesome’ project he says has helped him through the heartache by forcing him to focus on the positive.

But perhaps most awesome, Neil says, is he’s now hearing from readers who say that, thanks to his blog, they too are beginning to notice all the ‘awesome’ things in each day and sharing them with others.

So, by sharing one simple idea with the world, Neil Pasricha has not only changed the way he thinks, but he’s changed the thinking of others.

I told you he has a gift.

And that, in a word, is awesome.

At Neil’s request, a ParmFarm donation has been made to Hopeline, a foundation for suicide prevention supported by his good friend Frank Warren of PostSecret.

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