Hi there! I am Darby Checketts, the blog’s author. BTW: My middle name is Vincent. I am a retired business consultant, married to Sharon Barrow, formerly of Northern California. She is my partner in everything. We live in Utah’s busy, vibrant metro area called “The Wasatch Front.” Whenever we need rejuvenation, we leave the city to enjoy the majestic mountains, serene valleys, red-rock canyons, and abundant wildlife of Utah. We are the proud parents of eight children. I am the author of 16 books. My client journeys have taken me through 27 no-longer-foreign countries and 47 of the United States of America.
Sean is the fictional representation of a fine young man through whose eyes we will view the world. His character is inquisitive, ambitious, and compassionate. Thanks for joining Sean and his virtual traveling companion, Vince, in their search for what happiness means in America. Their opening story is VERY IMPORTANT and will greatly enrich our journey together. Please go to the “Sean’s Story” menu tab and read about the genesis of this blog. There you will become acquainted with Vince who has much in common with the author. As you share this journey with Sean and Vince, you will gain insight that will help to identify and strengthen your own Bookends for Life.
Special Acknowledgments: The beautiful background image for this site is that of Central Utah where our family often hangs out at our beloved alternate residence we call “The Owl’s Nest.” I commissioned a gifted Utah artist, Mike Bohman, to create it. The small photo in the header is a collection of favorite books held in place by a pair of my beloved owls who symbolize vigilance and wisdom. They serve as bookends to help convey the central theme of this blog—the creation of your own Bookends for Life.
The Book: The idea of “Bookends for Life” was originally included in my Goal Achieving Workshops, first presented to audiences in the early 1990’s. My book, LEVERAGE: How to Create Your Own “Tipping Points” in Business and in Life (Career Press 2006), explores the significance of such bookends.