I just finished a new book called Hashtag Peace. I believe it’s the first book ever with the word Hashtag in the title and the first book with a real hashtag (#peace) in the subtitle. The book is about the connection between reaching your full potential and finding inner peace. Based on my experience in coaching, teaching, policing, and business, I’ve learned that underachieving and blown opportunities haunt people. Wasted potential interferes with inner peace, replacing it with inner hell. I wrote Hashtag Peace as a solution to the problem of underachieving and wasted potential because the problem is as big as it gets.
My motivation for writing the book was the questions I’ve been asked, over several decades, including my own questions about how to achieve a wide range of goals from getting that dream job, earning scholarships, pro contracts, getting in top shape, and going after the dreams that get put on hold. I’ve been blessed to have witnessed underdogs reach their potential but I’ve also seen tons of wasted potential. Wasted potential is the biggest regret that people suffer. The more potential that’s wasted, the more inner hell is suffered.
Hashtag Peace is based on a central theme – there’s no roadmap that draws a straight line to finding #peace but there is a journey that can get you there by following your calling, the one that leads you to build your potential fully. Your calling leads you to your life’s work, where your God-given talents and gifts manifest for the benefit of others in the elusive quest to change the world. I’ve used a different writing style to explain the journey. I wanted to challenge myself with a new writing style, the equivalent of adding more weight to the bar or changing your offense from run-oriented to pass-oriented. I started writing Hashtag Peace on January 1, 2014, and finished it on April 7th, four days ago. At the three-quarter mark of the book, I experienced the equivalent of falling behind on the scoreboard just as the 4th quarter started. Making a comeback wasn’t easy but I crossed the finish line because the alternative wasn’t an option. Not finishing the book would have been hell.
I believe that we all share one fear in common – fear of wasting our God-given talents and gifts, of pissing away our one shot at living on planet Earth, and throwing away the chance of becoming all that we are supposed to become. Living the bitter life of regret is a living hell that we all want to avoid. My goal with Hashtag Peace is to change people’s lives by preventing the worst. Dual meaning. Preventing our worst life and preventing the worst hell of regret.
The book is in the editing stage and will be available in the near future. One of my former football players, Leon Robinson from Hamilton, Ontario (recently named CBC artist is the week) will be doing the cover. Leon has done two covers for us already, the covers of 4th and hell season 1 and 2 (formerly called Culture Shock). Additionally, Leon is re-doing the cover for Soul of a Lifter for the book’s second printing. All these covers will be released in the near future. Perfect example of “nothing just happens”: Twenty years ago, Leon was part of our championship season at Churchill High School in Hamilton, Ontario. As soon as he graduated, Leon launched his art by doing the cover of my first law enforcement textbook called Criminal Investigation: Forming Reasonable Grounds. We were both rookies at that time – rookie artist and rookie writer. Crossing paths had a reason. We didn’t know it at the time, when we crossed paths in 1992 to win a football championship that years later we’d team up to help the world find Hashtag Peace.
On another note, I’ve resorted back to my #2 workout song of all-time this week because it connects to Hashtag Peace. The lyrics are a masterpiece:
The young man struggles on and on he’s known
A vow unto his own
That never from this day
His will they’ll take away.
It’s #2 on my all-time workout music list because it’s the lyrics express the most important promise that we have to make to ourselves – no one or nothing will ever break your will because those who depend on you need your will intact. And there are many more people in this world who you haven’t even crossed paths with yet, need you to have your will intact.
The link is after my signature. Never stop lifting – yourself or others. One life is all we get. Lift hard, lift heavy, lift intensely, lift forever. Just keep lifting
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
head coach- Robert Bateman High School – GO WILD.
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in the spring of 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT DON’T QUIT.”