Saturday, November 12, 2011

Awaken Your Power! Available Now!

My book, Awaken Your Power is now available at Awaken Your Power!: The Secret of Life Revealed--How Your Thoughts Create Your Reality is available now at and I'm still ironing out some marketing issues but it appears that the book is ready for sale. Due to the rush to buy this book, Amazon is currently out of stock of the paperback copies but Balboa Press had them in stock.

Kindle Version and both have Kindle versions ready for purchase. The cost is $9.99. Balboa has the price incorrectly listed at $3.99 and is in the process of changing it. I had the opportunity to purchase the Kindle version and see that in order for it to be in a large enough font to be readable it distorts with the formatting of some of the titles. Other than having the formatting look a little unprofessional at times it does not hinder the experience when reading the book. I am in the process of talking it over with the publisher, Balboa Press, but if I have to choose, I will choose a readable font with out of alignment titles vs perfect formatting with text that is too small to read.  I hope the reader will understand.

I am quickly learning that there are many phases to writing a book.  Planning to write the book, writing the book, editing the book, publishing the book, and marketing the book.  Each phase is full of challenges and obstacles.  Even though it is challenging, it is also very interesting to learn and a great overall life experience.
If and when I decide to write another book, I will be much better prepared and able to be infinitely more efficient.

Here is a quick link to buy directly from Amazon.

-Joe Rapisarda

Friday, November 11, 2011

Awaken Your Power! - Book Update.

As many of you may have heard or seen on my web page, my new book, Awaken Your Power! is now available for sale!  I would like to say though, that I am still ironing out some marketing issues with and For example, BalboaPress has some misinformation in its information about the book and the incorrect pricing of the kindle edition. is offering the book, but only the kindle is appears to be ready. The paperback edition does not have a picture on its profile when a regular search is done.  Obviously, this is a frustrating for me, but I guess it is all part of the learning process. I know sooner or later everything will be as I want it. So when all of the issues have been corrected I will be having a virtual book launch as well as an physical book signing date.  I'll keep you posted on that.  In the mean time I was able to find this corrected link on Amazon. So if you don't want to wait and decide you want to buy the book now, I believe you can buy it here at


Joe Rapisarda

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Awaken Your Power! - The Road to Getting Published and Accomplishing Goals.

Finally, my book Awaken Your Power! is almost ready to be published. I just sent in the final proofs (galleys) signing off all corrective changes on the book. This means that it is ready for productions. They publisher (Balboa Press) will now send me a hard copy to my house in the next 1-3 weeks. Once I sign off on the final product sent to me, the book will be ready for purchase at or at

I can't tell you how pleased I am to have this long-term goal finally be coming to a completion.  I started writing this book in 2008, but due to my busy work schedule, I never had enough time to consistently make progress writing. In 2010, I took a leave from work to write this book full time. Since then I've been living, eating, and breathing this book.  Since this is my first book, I had the pleasure of learning every step of the book writing process while I was also trying to do those steps. This made for some really long detours but ultimately were very good learning experiences.

One day I was discouraged at the lack of progress I was making when I saw a show on TV that talked about a rich developer in the early 1800's that wanted to build a shipping lane canal from the Lake Erie in Great Lakes to New York City. It was to be called The Erie Canal.  He dreamed of the great commerce and new towns on the canal that would be supported by this shipping canal. Many people told him that he was crazy, and that he would never complete such a monumental task.  He ignored them and became more determined than ever to complete his goal of building this canal system even if he had to do it will shear willpower!  Along the way he ran into a major roadblocks.  In the way of the canal was a mountain of solid rock.  Once again people told him that he should give up.  Instead he saw it as a challenge and again found a way around this problem, if I remember correctly, by experimenting with dynamite to blast a path through the mountain.  Also he had an elevation problem of 660 ft from Hudson to Lake Erie. To overcome this obstacle he inserted a system of over 50 locks that allowed boats to be raised and lowered to meet the increase in elevation needed for transportation to continue to flow (Today this is widely know to be used in the Panama Canal.). My point in telling this story is that the vision of this man became a reality because he was focused on finding a way to succeed at his vision. I'm sure his method was not the most efficient but nonetheless his willpower allowed him to plow through all obstacles until his vision was a reality.

I used this example I saw on TV, to guide me on my mission to write this book. I'm sure that my path was not the most efficient but each detour was a great learning experience about the writing industry and I felt brought me one step closer to my goal of being a published author.

Now that my goal is almost a reality I can say that writing this book was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, but it was also one the most liberating and rewarding thing I've ever done as well.  So I recommend to anyone who has a book inside of them waiting to be published or just a "lifetime to-do list item" that they haven't gotten around to doing yet, to make it a priority in your life and find a way to make it a reality.  That could mean writing a book; it could mean going skydiving; it could mean traveling to South America. 

Life is meant to be lived. I've found that it's okay to get older as long as the fun and exciting times in life are still in front of you.  If you don't know what you want to do, read my book, Awaken Your Power, for some inspiration.  Here to you and the accomplishment in your life!

Positive Thinking,

Joe Rapisarda

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Is It A Good Thing to Remember 9/11 The Way We Do?

On September 11th 2011 it will be the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings.

Can you remember where you were on that day when you heard the news? Ironically, I was scheduled to go on a vacation to New York, the very next morning! My girlfriend at the time woke me up around 6:30 am (PST). She kept saying you have to get up and see this. I told her that whatever it was I would watch it on the news later. Luckily, she insisted I get up. I got up in time to see the first tower burning. I remember the news station kept switching to camera at the Pentagon crash. At the time, it wasn't clear that the pentagon and World Trade Center crashes were coordinated. Then out of nowhere on live TV, we saw another plane crash into the second tower. Sometime later we saw both towers collapse onto themselves into a huge pile of rubble. Many lives were lost and a country became united to seek justice against those who were behind these acts.

The years that followed were greatly changed by these events. The U.S. seemed to be gripped in fear. Innocence had been lost and replaced with fear and preparation for "what might happen".

Each year we, as a nation, stop to remember what happened to us on that terrible day. This is not the first time we have had such an event happen to us. Growing up, I remember every year on December 7th, we would stop and remember what happened to us in December 7th, 1941, when we were attacked by the Japanese during World War II. President FDR described this event as, "a date which will live in infamy." Growing up I often wondered if it was a good thing to remember an act like that.

Today, I am again questioning that logic and wondering, "Is it a good thing to remember 9/11 the way we do?

Don't get me wrong, I am very patriotic and have the greatest amount of compassion and empathy for anyone who was directly affected by this horrible act, but is it in our best interest to stay focused on the negativity associated with this event?

I am a big believer in the law of attraction, which states that your thoughts attract your reality. That means if we are focused on remembering a fearful or horrible act, then we will be aligned with that negative energy and therefore will be attracting more fearful acts to our own reality. If this is true, then is it a good idea to build monuments or make holidays based on fearful and negative acts? Is remembering horrible acts like these really a good idea? Its one thing to learn from our lessons but it’s another thing to make monuments about them. I think our mental focus would be better focused on something positive--anything positive.

If I were one of the people who were killed in that event, I think I would rather be remembered for the life I lived rather than how and when I died.

It has been said with bad break-ups of relationships, that the best way to overcome being dumped is to create your own success and happiness, because when you are happy the other person--the one who you feel hurt you emotionally--is able to see the best of what they left behind and realizes that their actions did not have an effect on your happiness or your life.

So with this in mind, wouldn't it be better to let the 9/11 saga fade into history like a piece of emotional waste floating to the bottom of a murky pond. Why would we give the people who did these acts the satisfaction of knowing they hurt us by making a national holiday of this event so that it can be remembered every year? I suggest that instead of having a 9/11 holiday, we should have a "celebrate the life of deceased loved one" day. This way we can change the energy of this day from negative to positive, because the law of attraction states that we attract what we think about.

We are a strong people with indomitable spirits. The last ten years have shown that. A special thanks needs to  go out to everyone who has done their part to be patriotic. Now we must ask ourselves, “What is the best course of action for our country for the future?” Should we focus on the negative past that happened to us or on the positive future we wish to create? Either way, the law of attraction says that our focus will determine our future.

Positive Thinking,

Joe Rapisarda