Former bad boy-turned-inspirational messenger Preston Smiles shakes things up in the world of personal development, sharing a uniquely modern, love-based approach on how to live with more excitement, clarity, and confidence.
Preston Smiles, born in Compton and raised in Los Angeles, is no stranger to a life of adventure. As a teen he joined a local gang that was first involved in petty theft but later escalated into more dangerous crimes. One night when Preston was fifteen, he was faced with a decision to take a routine ride of mischief with the friends or stay home. Intuition told him not to go. Within an hour, everyone in that car was shot. This tragic event shook him to his core and catapulted him to finding higher purpose for himself.
Love Louder presents a positive approach for getting more love and meaning out of life. With the lessons he’s learned through the years, he distills ancient wisdom and new thought teachings into thirty-three timeless tools to living your best life and asks questions such as:
-What do you truly believe you deserve? Are your actions reflecting that?
-What are you a slave to? Facebook? Twitter? Alcohol? Him? Her?
-Do you have the need to be “right” all the time?
Love Louder can help you tackle these everyday challenges and teach you how to live with more excitement, productivity, clarity, and confidence. Full of insights and powerful anecdotes, Preston’s motivational story is a heartwarming read for anyone seeking guidance on overall happiness and fulfillment in life.
Love Louder 1 LET GO AND TAKE THE RIDE: THE POWER OF TRUSTING THE JOURNEY Trust your dreams, your heart, and the journey of life . . . even when you don’t understand it.
Some people get so caught up in the destination that they miss that life is about the journey. They’re so focused on the finish line that they miss that the beauty is in what and who you become on the way to the destination. I’ve received so many blessings in disguise in the form of health scares, people passing away, breakups, breakdowns, and so much more; and the thing that has supported me most is trusting in the journey. There is always more than meets the eye in every situation; and when we trust and have faith that all is well, even when it doesn’t appear to be, we open ourselves up to new possibilities that we can apply in our lives.
When we trust the journey of life, wholly and completely, we don’t need to know what is unfolding or why; we simply need to be present to the experience of it. Trusting the journey means that even if we don’t understand what’s unfolding right now, we have an unshakable belief that it’s happening because circumstances are rearranging themselves for our highest good. It means knowing that for every door that closes, a window of opportunity opens. I’ve noticed that many people get so down about the front door’s slamming in their face that they miss the open window and the back door that swung open at the same time.
Ever since my house
I see the moon more clearly.
—from the movie Ashes and Snow
Sometimes it’s not until we’ve had it all taken away that we truly understand what it means to have faith. In those moments, standing metaphorically naked and vulnerable, we’re forced to surrender to what is so that we can allow the journey to unfold as it needs to. Sometimes certain people or circumstances aren’t meant for our lives, and we often don’t realize it until we look back, years later. When we trust the journey, we can rest assured that every breakdown is a catalyst for a breakthrough. #LOVELOUDERAFFIRMATION Today I am available for all the good that is happening right now, regardless of how it may appear.
Preston Smiles has a large dedicated following on his YouTube channel and has been featured in LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, and Origin magazine. He is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post, The Daily Love, Good Guy Swag, and has appeared on top podcasts such as Lewis Howes’s The School of Greatness and Addicted2Success. He recently won Elixir Magazine’s Millennial Mentor Award and is also one of the youngest members of ATL (Association of Transformational Leaders), founded by Jack Canfield.