This is the Too Many Trees newsletter, where I share what I’ve been writing and reading in the realm of leadership and personal development. My executive coaching practice is centered around the idea that we are more effective in moving towards our goals when we become more conscious and intentional in focusing our time and attention, and learn how our unconscious patterns are holding us back. If you know somebody that could benefit from my perspective, please forward this to them or let them know they can set up a free intro chat with me.

My book is released!

November 05, 2023
It's launch day for my book, titled You Have A Choice: Beyond Hard Work to Meaningful Impact, and available for purchase on Amazon from this link for $22 for the paperback, and $9.99 for the Kindle version ($4.99 if you buy before the official launch on Monday).
As a reminder, this book is designed for people who are stuck because working harder isn't working for them. They have had success in their career but are blocked from further advancement, often because they are holding onto mindsets or behaviors that are keeping them in place. I redesigned my own life after burning out at Google in 2011, and now help leaders as an executive coach to find a new path forward. I wrote this book to share what I've learned with a wider audience, because I want to help more people than I can coach individually.

I would love your support so that this book can reach people like my younger self before they burn out. Please buy a copy if it sounds relevant to you. If you find it helpful, please review it on Amazon as a verified buyer, and recommend it to others, as the best marketing is word-of-mouth testimonials.

Here's what some early readers have to say:
  • “You start showing up as an adult when you take responsibility for your own freedom. This book is a resource to help build the insight and courage to make the braver choice.” -- Michael Bungay Stanier, best-selling author of The Coaching Habit
  • "Powerful hard-earned wisdom here to help you align your actions with integrity. So wonderfully written, and so inspiring." -- Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want and former entrepreneur
  • "I’ve been reading a pre-release copy of the book, and I highly recommend it. To be absolutely honest, I went into this thinking “I like Eric, and I’m looking forward to the stories of personal transformation he has to tell, but I don’t know how he’s going to differentiate himself from all the other self-help/personal transformation/exec coaching books out there.” The good news is that the answer is clear by Chapter 2 — I guarantee you that if you sit down and actually do the exercises from that Chapter onward, you’re a) going to feel productively uncomfortable, which I think is a sign of growth, and b) going to get a lot out of the book." -- Cedric Chin, business thought leader at
Here are a couple other ways to hear me talk about the book's content:
I've also been posting themes from the book to LinkedIn each day to build excitement as we approach launch:
I'm excited to release the book into the world, and see how it is received. I hope that it helps people as I intended. Please let me know what you think!
While it isn't strictly book-related, Jerry Colonna's interview on the Knowledge Project podcast is book adjacent, as Colonna is one of my coaching role models, and it was fun listening to him interrogate Shane Parrish's thinking. I appreciate Parrish's devotion to learning from the best of what others have figured out as he interviews amazing people on his podcast, so it was fun to hear two people I "know" bounce off each other.

Mary Oliver's poem The Journey articulates some of what I'm feeling as I launch the book:
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple weeks! And tell all your friends to buy the book!
Nothing like the dinosaur skeletons at the Museum of Natural History to make me feel like a little boy again. More pictures from our celebratory NYC trip on my Instagram feed.
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