3 out of 4 stars
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I have often wondered what it would look like when I write my autobiography. Would I remember all the details of my life down to the tiniest detail? Donald "Sparky" Rodde did an excellent job of telling the story of his life in Broad Horizons.
There is a popular belief that we are a product of our choices. There is also a saying by W.J. Byron on page 5 that "Destiny is Not a Matter of Chance. It's a Matter of Choice." Donnie, as his mom fondly called him, was the last son of his parents — he was showered with love and attention. His fun-loving parents were also able to make a fine man out of him, encouraging and helping him develop and chase his ideas and dreams. None of his ideas or questions came to them as silly.
Donald Rodde attended a school where his teachers were intentional and willing to help him succeed. He learned how to be resourceful and entrepreneurial from his family, who would supply worms to pay for a boat motor. What was the effect of these on how he turned out? Find out from the pages of Broad Horizons.
I see this book as the story of Donald Rodde and his parents. I say this because I believe his parents planted and watered the seed of greatness in him. His family was his foundation and strongest point. The success he enjoyed at school and the different businesses he started could be traced to the training and support his parents offered.
I enjoy reading books like this; they are always filled with lessons. The author's writing style is very descriptive; he sure knows how to tell stories. I believe the writing skill from his second grade has not left him. His 'Far' (meaning father in Norwegian) would be proud.
I especially love two things that the author showed in this book, and I believe that it contributed to the person he became to a large extent. First is the relationship between his parents, and secondly, the leadership and parenting style of his parents. The love between his parents was evident in everything they did, and I must say his dad, Arvid, was a perfect gentleman. They did an excellent job teaching their children skills such as saving, resourcefulness, record keeping, and selling shares.
The book needs to be edited again as it contains errors in spelling and grammar. Though none of these stopped me from enjoying the book. I rate Broad Horizons three out of four stars. I'm removing a star because of the errors I found in the book. I recommend this book to those who love reading autobiographies.
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