My friend Robert Goolrick is one of the most remarkable people I’ve met. He’s a first class novelist, writing two New York Times bestselling books: A Reliable Wife and Heading Out to Wonderful. These are stories that will linger with you long after you finish them. He writes the kind of novels you have to tell someone else about. He also wrote the bestselling, non-fiction book The End of the World as We Know It about his unbelievably difficult life.
A Perfect Life?
Look at his life now, and you’d think it was made-for-movie perfect. His books sell millions of copies. He lives a gentleman’s life in Virginia. He travels to exotic destinations. On his wrist, you are bound to see a timepiece to remember.
You may see the external life of dreams, but dig a little more and learn his story.
As an adult….
- He was fired from his job as an advertising executive.
- His manuscripts were rejected by publisher after publisher.
- He was addicted to drugs and drinking.
- He cut himself.
- He literally lost a decade of his life in a world you wouldn’t recognize.
- He was institutionalized.
As a child….
- He was verbally abused.
- He lived in squalor (complete with rats!).
- He was raped. By his father.
- He was neglected.
Most of us don’t understand that kind of life, that kind of pain. But all of us have obstacles thrown in our path.