Podcast Episode 37: The Story Behind the Seven Decisions

May 31, 2012 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by Andy Traub.

Andy answers an interesting listener question about the seven decisions from his first novel, The Traveler’s Gift.


Andy answers a listener question: “How did you come about identifying the seven decisions from The Traveler’s Gift? I’ve never come across a book that encapsulates those ideas the way yours did.”

  • The first chapter of The Noticer actually tells a lot about how Andy found the seven decisions.
  • An old man named Jones got him to start reading biographies. Andy was instantly hooked after reading about Winston Churchill.
  • Eventually, he read more than 200 biographies from the library. He began to ask himself, “How did these amazing people turn out this way? Were they born like that, or was it something they did?”
  • Andy eventually identified seven things these people did that made them great. These became the seven decisions in The Traveler’s Gift.


Andy began to realize that if you asked these great people if they knew they were doing these seven things, they might know that they embodied three or four of them, but there would at least be a few of which they were unaware.

  • He began to ask himself, “What happens to somebody who knows about all seven and actively pursues them?”
  • Eventually, Andy came to realize that these seven “things” weren’t just “things”—they were principles, which are at work whether you are aware of them or not
  • The crazy thing is that 30 years later, Andy is still discovering new things about these principles
  • The power of the principles, however, lies in how you apply them to your life


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