Written by: Sarah Pramila-Parry, Design Editor, and Jason Renn, Associate Editor, Editor’s Picks The Last Words: A New Yorker series that’s about living life from your heart, not your brain by Matt O’Connor and Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, The Last Word podcast.
This week’s episode features a talk from Mark Lillis, a self-described “fearless traveler” who, in addition to living in New York City, has spent nearly five years traveling around the world.
“When you travel, you always have to be conscious of your surroundings and your surroundings are the people you meet and the places you go,” he says.
“So you have to think about who you’re meeting, what your goals are, and where you’re going.
It’s not like you’re just going to meet someone, you have a plan, and that’s the only way to be successful.”
Read MoreRead MoreOn the subject of living from your mind, Lilles points out that the “most important thing you can do is to make your mind your guide.”
“You have to remember what you want to accomplish,” he said.
“If you want a car, if you want your kids to go to college, you should have a way to get that done.
You have to figure out where you want the car to go, what you’ll be spending your money on, what will be the next big thing you’re trying to do.
That’s what you need to think through, to make the best decision.”
The book, written by Lillies brother Mark, is an anthology of short stories by authors from around the globe.
Lilliis and his team took a different approach to writing the book, choosing the words and the ideas from around them.
“I’m a huge fan of the book The Last Letter,” he tells us.
“The Last Letter is about a man who gets out of a mental institution and makes a new life in America.
It was a real eye opener for me.”
Lillieis says that he wanted to use his brother’s own life story to tell the story of a man in a mental hospital, who has a passion for writing, and who had a desire to help people.
“His stories and his story were really resonant,” Lilliais says.
And the result was that the story was about him, his brother Mark and a new American city, a place he could finally call home.
Read MoreThe book also includes a feature-length essay by Liliis about what makes a good spoken word author.
“There’s no way to do a good written word without some form of inspiration,” he writes.
“You need to be inspired by your voice and the way you use it.”
He adds that he also likes to write about the stories he’s told from his own experiences, and hopes to create a book that will make people’s lives better.
“It’s hard to write a book, especially when you’re so used to the same books you’ve been reading for so long,” Lilliis says of his brother and his writing.
“But when you go back and you read your old books, it’s like a treasure chest of stories.
And it makes you realize you don’t have to change the world, but you can change the way we live.
And you can make a difference.
I hope you will enjoy it.”
Read moreFrom our interview with Mark Lilliises brother:Follow @MarkLilliises on Twitter.