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LANCASTER COUNTY, PA—“If we don’t experience more challenges than comforts in life, we’re not really stretching and growing,” insists artist-turned-author Bruce Garrabrandt.  “’Genius’ is usually the name we give to thoughtful endurance.”

            In his new book, The Power of Having Desire, Garrabrandt says that what sustains us through tough times is the power of our own minds—properly applied.  “This is our greatest natural resource,” he says, adding, “That which is best within us can be discovered and mined in no other way.”

            The author argues that we need to view challenges as opportunities for personal development.  “I encourage readers to use challenges to strengthen the mind and bring value to their lives,” he says.  “I show how facing obstacles with disciplined perseverance is an integral part of living well.”

            Garrabrandt likes to quote this comment from football coach Vince Lombardi:  “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one.  What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.”

            “Wherever you live,” says Garrabrandt, “challenge will always be the neighbor who stops by without phoning first.  Open the door for him.  To pretend you’re not home is to choose not to grow.”  The author believes that building internal fortitude, through a positive approach to life’s challenges, activates our creative capabilities.  By facing challenges with determination and enthusiasm, he says, we learn to adapt and grow.