Work Less, Live More, & Make the Most of Your Days: Artem Lomaz Reviews “Celebrate Life” by Marcello Pedalino

Special thanks to Artem Lomaz for his book review of Celebrate Life.  -D.H

A book review in which the reviewer knows the author personally will inevitably be a bit biased. If you’re picking up a copy of “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve”, you may not personally know the author, Marcello Pedalino, but you’ve likely heard of him. But perhaps you haven’t. Let’s assume you’re considering reading this book solely because it seems as though it has a positive message to offer. If the photo of the proud father – beaming with happiness as he and his daughter give the camera as many thumbs up as four hands will allow while soaking up the fresh air in their convertible – which graces the front cover, doesn’t convince you enough about the author’s intent to show you how to celebrate your life and enjoy all that it has to offer, please, open the book.

Pedalino’s messaging becomes pretty evident as soon as you glance at the chapter titles in the Contents section. While ‘Take Care of Yourself”, “Keep Good Company”, “Do What You Love”, “Travel”, “Make A Difference”, “Let Go”, and “Evolve” all may sound self-explanatory, Pedalino offers insights into each element that may often be overlooked. You may even think, some of these are easier said than done. If that’s the case, buy the book.

Perhaps you’re in the market for a good motivational read. You’re a motivated individual striving for your own definition of success and you need to refresh that motivation. Throughout the chapters, Pedalino offers methods that he’s implemented that keep him focused and inspired, including on his health, and how that is a part of his self-actualization. Please note, this includes physical and mental health. He shares these techniques through a very empathetic process, as he divulges personal struggles that he had to overcome in order to position himself for consistency and success. From admitted struggles with emotional stress-eating (as someone who has worked in NYC advertising, and partook in one too many cookies-from-the-pharmacy-downstairs dinners, I can, as I’m sure many of us can, certainly relate), to acknowledging the benefits of yoga, and ultimately focusing on “letting go” of negative situations, or people. These real-life examples, and the way the chapters are aligned, helps readers seamlessly transition from each key aspect.

From his early entrepreneurial efforts, such as selling candy to his classmates (I don’t know why he priced Chiclets ten times higher than Starbursts – I guess the late eighties were a weird time), to his solidified status atop the event entertainment world, Pedalino describes how his childhood helped shape his personality, and ultimately his career and life journey. Throughout, he acknowledges the various factors that attribute to his fulfillment, such as traveling (which includes the importance of sharing vacations with your children, maintaining a habitual nutritional schedule during your travels, and the powerful qualities of a good clear-your-head getaway), giving back/volunteering, and letting go. It’s evident that the chapter about letting go was the most difficult to address for Pedalino. Why wouldn’t it be – it would be just as hard for anyone. The emphasis on this chapter revolves not around toxicity, but rather on best practices on how to best avoid it, which is always the best solution. Whether it’s a good work out, a hobby, or simply focusing on the positives in life, solutions are available. Half of that chapter consists of exquisite photos that the author has taken on his travels, at home, and throughout – coupled with inspirational quotes that will help the reader feel engulfed in positivity.

Please be aware, this book is for the motivated, the enthusiastic, and the carpe diem-esque. Pedalino makes sure to emphasize the importance of desire. As he vividly points out early on, in a section regarding taking care of one’s health, only when someone is sick and tired of being sick and tired will they exhibit the self-motivation that’s required to make significant life changes. When it comes to the notion of moderation, a nice reminder of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” surfaces (personally an oft-reflected reminder when challenged with an all-you-can-eat menu), the importance of friends that are realistic and say it “how it is” is stressed, and an “all-in” mentality when pursuing your passion is highlighted. This book is for the “make it happen” crowd. The good news is…everyone is part of that crowd! Everyone is motivated, enthusiastic, and carpe diem-esque in their own way for their own purpose. The key is to harness your focus and energy on those passions that drive you.

Let’s say you’re already motivated, nutritionally aware, posses positive fitness habits, and an overall sense of wellness. That would bring you masterfully to Pedalino’s final chapter in the book, “Evolve”. It’s silly to think you’re at your peak when there is always room for improvement. Whether it’s another area of your life, or simply improving upon the already great elements you’re mainly focused on, once you wrap up “Celebrate Life”, you’ll find yourself revisiting your approach to life in an ever-evolving strive for fulfillment and joy.

If you want to work less, and live more, make the most of your days, tune into WKIP (see “Keep Good Company” chapter for reference), and simply make things happen, on your terms, then invest in this book, open it, and read it (it won’t do much for you sitting on the shelf).

~Artem Lomaz

The Reality Of A Four Day Work Week

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceDesigned by mostly well-intended employers, the four-day work week is a catchy name and concept that has once again made the headlines.  It sounds really good to employees at first.  “Work only 4 days instead of 5 and enjoy a higher quality of life.” Not exactly.

Monday through Thursday employees are required to work 2 additional hours per shift. By the time they get to Friday, they are exhausted.

Many employers have found that extended shifts increased employee fatigue- which led to an increase in workplace accidents and inferior performance.   And since most employees with children usually end up going in an hour earlier and staying an hour later, they actually end up missing more prime family time before and after school with their kids.

The key is to find an employer who gets it.  One who understands that a blanket work schedule policy will not work for everyone.   Find an employer who will appreciate your ability to get the job done and meet all of your deadlines on your schedule by allowing you to “get up and go” when all the Hallmark moments in life are happening.

And sometimes you need to stop and ask yourself why you are working so hard.  If it’s just to maintain a lifestyle that’s above your means, you’re chasing your tail. Try living in a smaller house or driving an older car; you’d be surprised how much money you’ll save.   And you’d be surprised how little the year of your car and or the size of your house actually has to do with your over-all happiness in the long run.   There’s nothing wrong with wanting and earning and enjoying nice things, but you have to be financially practical.

And if you think your kids want your money when you die, you’re wrong.  They want your time and company while you’re alive.  They want the memories to cherish when you do pass on.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate LIfe Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceWorking for a VIP (Very Inspiring Person) who prioritizes health and wellness for his or her team and surrounding yourself with the right co-workers when you’re on site will actually have a greater impact on your work-life balance than simply working longer hours for one less day each week.

The key is to be more pragmatic, focused, and productive.  Become a logistics ninja and make the most of your 24 hours.  In the Northeast, you can save up to 8 hours per week just by avoiding rush hour traffic and working from home 3 days a week.

If you eat well and sleep well, you’ll have the energy you’ll need to fire on all cylinders and be more efficient.

VDPs (Very Draining People) easily spend up to 8 hours per week during work on social media, playing fantasy football, or texting their cubicle neighbors about non-work related drama when they are supposed to be working. If you can remove yourself from the influences of these energy vampires, you’ll find yourself getting a lot more work done in less time when you do have to be at the office.  This will lead you one step closer to being work-life “fit.”

I think Lonnie Golden, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, has the right idea.  He advocates adopting a “Goldilocks” work week: “one that is not too long, not too short and that satisfies the employer’s interest in productivity and the employee’s interest in attaining good health and well-being.”

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Celebrate Life, The Book, Marcello Pedalino, Mark Pedalino, How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deservewcbs promo for VIM fullMarcello Pedalino is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle consultant, and fitness coach. He is the author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve.” As a lifestyle consultant and fitness coach, Pedalino advises individuals, groups, and organizations on how to enhance their current health, style, and overall wellness status.  Marcello’s health and wellness articles have been published by several prominent online publications and he’s often chosen to speak at conferences where the topic of work-life balance and energy management are a priority.

 

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