World champion surfer Shaun Tomson’s new book was inspired by the students at Anacapa School, a small, independent school in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. After speaking to the students Shaun asked each of them to create their own personal code, their vision of their future – to take just 20 minutes and think about their goals and write them down, starting every sentence with the words “I Will”. A week later, Shaun received the answers. “They were beautiful, sensitive, full of humor and hope. In essence the kids wrote a series of promises they had made to themselves.” It is the student’s “I Will” statements that create the framework for the book.
“All you need to turn hope into action is to write your promises down and say them out loud—to make a promise to no one but yourself. The Code is about many things—faith, courage, creativity, determination—but above all it’s about the 12 promises we make to ourselves about the future.”
World champion surfer and best-selling author Shaun Tomson releases a simple strategy for confronting everyday challenges and making positive, life-changing decisions. In 12 personal stories Shaun shares the power of “I Will”—a code that has carried him to the heights of professional success and helped him navigate the depths of profound grief after the loss of his teenage son, Mathew.
The Code (publ Gibbs Smith, $16.99, Hardcover, 136 pages, August 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4236-3429-4)