Want to "Think Outside the Box"? Take a Long Walk in the Woods

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Jeff Alt shares his "Life Lessons from the Trail" and much more in the new edition of A Walk For Sunshine. "Thinking outside the box" has become the cliché catchphrase referring to a way of getting the creative juices flowing and coming up with new ideas to solve difficult tasks. Jeff Alt knows first hand that if you remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine for an extended period, thinking outside the box becomes the norm because you are physically outside the box.

A fascinating interview. This story is for anyone seeking inspiration to achieve their own goals.

Want to "think outside the box"? Take a long walk in the woods.

Jeff Alt shares his "Life Lessons from the Trail" and much more in the new edition of A Walk For Sunshine.

"Thinking outside the box" has become the cliché catchphrase referring to a way of getting the creative juices flowing and coming up with new ideas to solve difficult tasks. Jeff Alt knows first hand that if you remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine for an extended period, thinking outside the box becomes the norm because you are physically outside the box.

  • How does sleeping with a skunk, being chased by a bull, charged by a bear, suffering painful blisters, swarms of insects, and hilarious food cravings transfer to life lessons in the real world?
  • Why does Alt insist that walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail was one of the best things he ever did?

Alt shares his "Life Lessons from the Trail" in A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160-mile expedition for charity on the Appalachian Trail (© 9/09; http://www.jeffalt.com; $15.95 paperback; ISBN: 978-0-9679482-3-2; Dreams Shared Publications, printed on recycled paper). He explains how walking the Appalachian Trail changed him in profound, unique, and positive ways. Among Alt's "Life Lessons from the Trail" are

  • How walking the Appalachian Trail is 2,000 miles of problem-solving.
  • Why everyone should go after their dreams now! The powerful aspect of humor and
  • how celebrating the simple things can get you through the tough situations.

Another of his "Life Lessons from the Trail" is the importance of getting kids outside. This is more important than ever, especially with computer and video games replacing outdoor playtime and childhood obesity becoming a national epidemic. Alt explains how he has applied these lessons to his career, his marriage, and raising his children. The expanded 3rd edition of A Walk For Sunshine also includes hiking tips and gear suggestions to help anyone plan an "outside of the box" adventure with the entire family including young children.

Alt made his original trek to raise money for Sunshine, the home where his brother with cerebral palsy lives. Alt's journey changed the lives of Sunshine's residents with special needs by inspiring an annual walk that has raised over $175,000. The new expanded 3rd edition of Alt's book was released at the 12th annual Walk-With-Sunshine on September 12th. This was the most successful Walk-With-Sunshine ever with over 400 walkers, raising over $17,000! http://jeffalt.com/media.asp

Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). His adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: ESPN, Hallmark Channel, the AP, CNN-Radio, USA radio network, NPR, and more. Alt's award-winning books, A Walk for Sunshine and A Hike for Mike, have been reviewed in Library Journal, Chicago Sun Times and more. In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. His son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks. Alt resides in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife and two children. http://jeffalt.com/media.asp

"A fascinating interview. This story is for anyone seeking inspiration to achieve their own goals."

  • Roger, WNRI

"…When Jeff Alt hiked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail…he did not suspect the experience would have turned into such a life-changing event. But it has, and he writes about it in…A Walk For Sunshine..."

  • Steve Pollick, The Toledo Blade

"...There are numerous books on hiking the Appalachian Trail, but Alt tells the story best..."

  • Carey Kish, Maine Outdoor Journal

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