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Quitters never
win and winners
never quit.

I feel honored to have you visit my website. I feel grateful to be living the American Dream. While many friends and co-workers are aware of my achievements and successes, some also know of the adversities I had to overcome in order to get there. For example, I went from a hard-drinking, careless lifestyle to a rich and rewarding life of sobriety. And even though I started out as an academic underachiever and have no undergraduate degree, I earned a Master’s Degree at Harvard University. Plus, I’ve gone from bankruptcy and failure to the founding of three publicly traded companies, creating over 18,000 new jobs in the process. More recently, and I am honored to say this, I received a prestigious appointment from the President of the United States. The American Dream, no longer has to be just a dream. In this incredible country that we live in—anything is possible!

There are three major life lessons I have learned the hard way over 30 years. First lesson: Everyone must take full responsibility for where they are in life. You must live your life free from excuses and blamefulness. Second Lesson: Life is about problems. Problems are your opportunity not your excuses. The Third Major Lesson: Life is about giving. Takers Lose and Givers Win! Once you get past asking “What’s in it for me?” and start asking “How can I make your life happier!” your life will infinitely become richer and more meaningful. Life is about giving your best to others first.

I have not mastered everything I have attempted but I am still a work in progress. In fact, it took a major intervention by my family for me to see past my self-righteous pride and ego to realize that I was out of control. I can honestly say that I have been my own worst enemy and I should have been dead three times. God changed all that, I really believe that he had his protective hand over my life and kept me alive so that I could share my story with others. I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with and now—I live a life of soberness, gratefulness, and humility.  I openly share these things because I feel that my life’s higher purpose is to make a positive difference in my community.

Along the way, I have learned many things the hard way and often said, “I sure wished I had known these things back when I was younger!” Over the years, many people who knew me back when I was having tough times, would often ask me for advice as to how I was able to turn my life around because they were in the same position or had a close friend or relative that needed a new outlook on life.  This website is set-up to share with you the philosophies that have made a difference in my life, access to the books I have written, and information on how to book me to speak at your next event.

You Can’t Stop Someone Who Won’t Quit!
When times get tough the tough get going.

Every time you give up you are building a bad habit, a predisposition, or cultivating a weakness to always quit when you are faced with adversity, challenges, or tough times.

Your wanting to quit has nothing to do with your genetics, your education, your income, or your looks. The fact is—there is nothing wrong with you—only your thinking!

Many people have never experienced the exhilaration of achievement or the rewards of success because they failed to try overcoming their challenges. They let their hardships get the best of them without ever reaching down deep within themselves to find the courage and strength to give it just one more last effort.

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You Can’t Stop Someone
Who Won’t Quit!
When times get tough
the tough get going.
Quitters often give up too soon when success is just inches away. Napoleon Hill in his classic writing, Think and Grow Rich, tells of a gold prospector who went out west during the gold rush days to seek his fortune. Upon finding a promising vein of gold, he went back east to raise money for mining equipment. Back at his mine, he struck pay dirt. But just when he almost had his equipment paid for, his vein of gold ran dry. He kept trying to find a new gold vein but he was too mentally dejected and he gave up. Finally, he sold his equipment and mine for just a few hundred dollars. The new proud owner of the mine hired an expert mine engineer to take a more educated look at the mine. This expert quickly found the “mother lode” worth millions just three feet from where the original owner given up! How many times have you quit going after something you really wanted only to find out later that you were only inches from striking pay dirt?
Success is a very elite “soul-mate” it only rewards your deepest, your greatest everything-you’ve-got last effort.
All successful people, the superstars, the heroes are no different than you or me. They just never gave up. It’s not about talent, education, or luck that makes anyone successful …it’s all about having an unstoppable determination to never give up on your dreams until you have succeeded. Success is really about ordinary people giving ordinary circumstances an extraordinary effort. They really are no different. It’s just that they never gave up on their dreams. They never gave up on themselves and they were determined not to let down the people who believed in them.
The world is full of people who have quit and they will be quick to tell you that you can’t make it either. You can’t listen to these people and you must distance yourself from these people. You must make up your mind that you will overcome all your obstacles just like everyone else has done before you. You have to tell yourself that you are no different. You have every right to succeed. You deserve to see all your dreams come true.

These ordinary people never quit! Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he found the right filament to burn brightly in his light bulb. Walt Disney went bankrupt seven times and even had a nervous breakdown before he succeeded with his cartoons of mouse! Colonel Sanders was 65 years old and retired before he decided to start a fried chicken business. This old man was rejected over 1,000 times before a restaurant agreed to sell his chicken and today Kentucky Fried Chicken is sold all over the world. Probably the story that I admire the most is about Helen Keller, a true pioneer, who overcame deafness and blindness to become a world leader in making a positive difference in the lives of millions.

In my own life, I have overcome my own challenges and the biggest obstacle that I had to overcome was myself. When I was younger, I had every excuse why I just couldn’t seem to get over the hump. As a Native American, there were many times that I wished that I was blond haired and blue eyed. I wished I was smarter, better looking, more athletic, and why did I have to wear glasses? Why did I have to have fallen arches and why couldn’t my parents be wealthy?

Today, I have overcome two bankruptcies. I have gone through treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. And, I know what it means to have the bank call you and tell you that they are closing your checking account and merchants telling me that my credit card has been refused in front of my friends. I have had the repo man come and haul my car away in front of my neighbors. I have pawned my wife’s jewelry to pay the rent because I sold everything else in the house that I could. But I never gave up on my dreams of one day becoming a successful businessman. I never quit on myself.

Even though some of my endeavors failed, I never saw myself as a failure. In my mind, I was still a winner! Today, despite being in the bottom half of my class in high school and never getting an undergraduate degree, I now have a master’s degree from Harvard University. I have gone on to helping found three publicly traded companies on Wall Street and I am worth millions and I have given millions away to charity.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not,
Nothing in the world is
more common than
unsuccessful men
with talent.

Genius will not,
Un-rewarded genius is
almost a proverb.

Education will not,
The world is full of
educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone is omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

What was the turning point in my life? During treatment for alcohol abuse, I finally came to an understanding that I couldn’t do it by myself anymore and that I needed help from a higher power. Once I was able to surrender my arrogance and being full of myself, I was able to find the humility I needed to ask for help. I found that there is great power and victory in surrender. It was there on my knees that I said, “God if there was ever a time to take over my life…the time is now. Jesus, I need your forgiveness and Holy Spirit I want you to come dwell within me.”

Today, I have a freedom that I have never had before. I know I am forgiven and I know that I have an Almighty Living God that rules my life. If God before me, who can be against me? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Jesus said, I have come that you might have a more abundant life,” and I am claiming that promise.

Today, I know without a doubt that my higher purpose in life is to make a positive difference in the lives of others around me. And I know that all the adversities that come my way are only opportunities for me to become a stronger and better person. Without hardships my life’s story would be meaningless and I could never impact the lives of people who need a second chance in life.

I now know that there isn’t anything that I can’t do once I have made up my mind to do it.  I also know that all the failures in my life were only my building blocks to developing a foundation of strong character. I feel that despite all my tough times, mostly from my own doings, I am blessed. I am grateful to have my health and a family that loves me and I am living in a country where I can buy all the books that I want and worship my God when ever and where ever I want.

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to meet some incredibly awesome people who have overcome great odds to succeed in life. I have met John Foppe, a man without arms who travels the world by himself. Not only can he dress himself but he drives himself to work or flies across continents managing his own affairs. I have met Art Berg, a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down who has also succeeded in life. I have met Bernice Sutton, an Ojibwe elder, so crippled up from arthritis but yet she is at work everyday of her life because her own personal pride refuses to let her pain keep her from participating in life. I have met immigrants who have come to this country without a dime and today they are raising healthy families and are worth millions.
Have you ever noticed
when a kid’s mind
is made up—
they never give up!
What’s holding you back? Everyone has their stories they tell themselves to justify where they are in life. These are nothing more than excuses why they can’t break through their self-imposed barriers to discover their true potential. Overtime these stories become real to them. They actually start believing their own lies. What’s yours? Can you become honest with yourself to acknowledge the barriers in your life? Once you can get rid of your own excuses then you can begin to face the real challenges in life head on. You can never pursue your higher purpose in life if you are bound to your past. You can never lie down at night and dream big dreams or wake up in the morning, refreshed and energized to make all your dreams come true. Your mind must be free to see all the possibilities that await you. Your spirit must be free to take on all challenges for you to be able to live at the summit! Then and only then can you be free from all the excuses of why you can’t succeed. There are no excuses and you must never give up. The greatest resource in God’s universe is the triumphant human spirit guided by dreams of passion, imagination and discovery. No one has ever been defeated by an obstacle. Obstacles are only given their power from defeated minds. Your vision must be great enough, your goals must be crystal clear, and your passion so intense that it ignites a raging wild fire in your gut. Your determination must be so great that no amount of negative talk, rejection, and ridicule will ever get you down.
Your vision must be burned into every cell of your mind and a raging fire in your gut so intense that obstacles melt away, insurmountable walls are smashed and vaporized into dust. You must be so determined to follow your dreams that no obstacle will ever stand in your way again. Your mind must be stubbornly made up to do what ever it takes. If a challenge comes your way—it won’t last. You will go through it, around it, over it, or under it but what ever it takes you will get through it to reach your goals.

And finally just when you think you have given it everything you’ve got and you are thinking about giving up…you will say to yourself… “I will not be like the masses, I do what others will not do. I will not give in. I will not give up. I am no different than the others that have gone on before me and have overcome far greater obstacles than I am facing right now. If they could over come then I can over come. If they could do it then by God I can do it too! Remember this…you will always have it within you to give it another great effort. It is your responsi-bility is to condition your mind to never give up when everything else about you wants to quit.

Only by picking yourself up after each failure and vowing to yourself that you will never quit will the tomorrows come bringing with them the rewards that losers and quitter never get to experience. Your courage will let your imagination explore the unknown horizons of your destiny. You will go where the average have never set foot. Your spirit of adventure and discovery will know no bounds because your unstoppable mind will be determined to smash through all self-imposed limitations forever!

The greater the triumph, the greater the adversity. Even the most insur-mountable adversity, hardship, and challenge is necessary to forging your character of determination and persistence. Don’t abandon the opportunities that can only be created through adversity.

If you think that times are tough, it’s because we are doing what only the tough can do!

You Can’t Stop Someone
Who Won’t Quit!


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t quit.
For life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a person turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he could have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!


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