By Shawn Williams
Of course you know her as the no-nonsense yet caring judge on television. But Judge Glenda Hatchett continues to broaden her platform and is in town to sign her new book Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose. Her stop at Barnes and Noble on Tuesday is part of an 18 city tour that includes New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles.
The book shares some of the things Hatchett learned from her years on the bench:
- What it means to be daring and intentional when seeking your ultimate objectives
- How to bridge the dream gap and more closely align your daily activities with your goals
- Why pursuing hope is a powerful choice—and how to do it
- The dangers of a rigid life plan, and how to recalculate objectives when necessary
- The importance of guilt and the surprising way you can use it to your advantage
- How to intentionally incorporate your passion into your actions and decision-making
Judge Hatchett said she was inspired to write the book after people kept approaching her saying they were missing something in their lives. When she reflected on her own experience she remembered what her life was like before it had purpose. “My purpose and passion found me,” said Hatchett.
In the book she talks about being the top woman of color at Delta Airlines where she served as a senior attorney. She needed a new direction and before she new it, she left a great job at Delta. But when Hatchett found herself in the courtroom as host of her own show, she knew her purpose and passion had connected. Judge Hatchett offered advice to those who are looking for direction. “It’s important to plan while holding on to dreams,” said Hatchett, “and to be open to possibilities.”
While the publishers of the book figured that it would connect with women, men have also been inspired. “Men have come up to me and said thank you,” Hatchett said while noting how one gentleman approached her to show her all the places he had marked helpful tips in his copy.
While promoting a book that she says she loves, Hatchett is busy with other projects as well. She’s launched a new social media project called ParentPowerNow.com. She says about 2,000 families are already on the site she referred to as Facebook for parents and influencers. She’s also started a new production company which plans to make major programming announcements this spring.
The Judge will hold court and sign copies of her new book on October 12, 2010 at Barnes and Noble 7700 West Northeast Highway at 7pm.