The Truth Is Out There – The Voice of The People

The Truth Is Out There – The Voice of The People

Many thanks to Joe Goldner and Gayle C. Hammer for hosting me last night on their excellent program. During our interview, we talked about  Writestream Radio and Writestream Publishing, ghostwriting, politics and more! Click to listen below. I join them in the second hour.

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Where is the Decency?

With an endless supply of horrific news stories to choose from, any upstanding citizen could easily find themselves in a state of perpetual outrage. After the election (and if I’m honest, quite often during the past 12 months), I tuned out most news for the sake of personal sanity and work productivity, taking an “informed, but not inundated” stance.

Ralph and me, having a blast at Carolyn’s party.

Then the Chicago torture story broke on Facebook Live and it became personal.

In case you’ve been on a strict news diet and haven’t yet heard, four thugs brutalized a mentally ill young man named Austin for possibly 48 long hours after one of them, someone he considered a “friend,” betrayed his trust (and the trust of his parents), by inviting him over for the weekend.

Let that sink in.

Suspect Jordan Hill, with whom Austin had attended an alternative high school, took advantage of his innocence to lure him into spending nearly two terrifying days being tortured. Among other things, these barbarians bound him, gagged him, forced him to say things like “F&*ck Donald Trump!” “F&*ck white people!”, made him drink toilet water, and beat him severely.

At one point, they texted his parents with a $300 ransom and — obviously proud of what they’d done to a defenseless human being — posted the video on Facebook.

When I watched it (or at least as much as I could stomach), all I could think of was my brother Ralph. My heart broke for the poor boy in the video, who could have easily been my brother, as he helplessly endured the barbarism of four people lacking in any quality remotely resembling decency.

Later, once Austin managed to escape after a neighbor complained about noise and was mercifully discovered by a police officer, taken to a hospital and then returned to the security of his home, I watched the family’s anguished press conference. They appeared to be loving, caring, decent people who now had to live with the fact that their son/brother/brother-in-law had been victimized in the most inhumane way possible.

Celebrating my brother Ralph’s 50th in 2009.

I cannot even imagine.

Had it been Ralph, the mixed feelings of anger, rage, heartbreak and disgust I’m currently experiencing would probably be mixed with misplaced guilt and a burning desire to retaliate (and I’ll leave it at that).

Now that the State’s Attorney has charged them to the fullest extent of the law and the judge has denied bail, if taxpayers must fund their prison stay, I hope these four degenerates experience the same treatment on a daily basis that they maliciously imposed on an innocent, disabled teenager for the rest of their miserable lives.

“Where was your sense of decency?” Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ceisil asked them when they appeared before her. Good question. Judging by their actions, it’s hard to believe any of them possessed a modicum of decency to begin with.

In the meantime, the family is asking their fellow Americans to show Austin some love by sending him a greeting card:

Austin

PO Box 641

Cary, IL 60013

Contribute to the Go Fund Me Campaign set up for Austin here. As of now, it has raised $156,615 — far surpassing its goal of $10,000. That gives me hope that decency still exists in America and in the world.

God bless you, Austin. You are in my prayers.

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Happy New Year! The Mentor In Me Is Live on Amazon

Happy New Year! The Mentor In Me Is Live on Amazon

Just in time for 2017, The Mentor In Me by author William Todd is now live on Amazon. If you’re ready to make permanent, positive changes in your life, click on The Mentor In Me’s Amazon page to order your copy today:

From humble beginnings to celebrated entrepreneur and successful business coach, William Todd is one of the few to be personally mentored by one of the masters of personal and business development, Bob Proctor. The Mentor in Me chronicles a journey many of us can relate to — been given the tools and guidance to achieve success and then only sometimes following through on the wisdom offered. The book documents the time when William used The Seven Levels of Awareness to unlock doors and change paradigms and the times when, to his detriment, he failed to make the most of opportunities presented. Until he understood why he was not achieving long-lasting success, he was doomed to failure. The Mentor in Me offers a rare opportunity to watch as Bob Proctor mentors William through the peaks and valleys (ditches) of entrepreneurship towards a life of seemingly effortless abundance. The Mentor in Me is not just for entrepreneurs, however. It is for corporate professionals, students, parents and grandparents, educators, and budding entrepreneurs alike.

“The Mentor in Me is not a book you pick up and read. It’s a book you form a relationship with and you will want to study it daily for the rest of your life.”Bob Proctor

About William Todd:

wt_mentorinme3William Todd is a self-made entrepreneur with over twenty years of expertise in the direct selling and personal development industries and a lifetime of experience in business startups. William is a protégé of Bob Proctor who was featured in the global phenomenon movie The Secret and is widely regarded as one of the pioneer masters and teachers of The Law of Attraction.

Change is inevitable. Those three words are under, in, and around everything my mentor has believed in and taught for over fifty years. Bob Proctor is the ‘last man standing’ in many ways. He is a teacher, a motivator, a speaker, and an author. He is a Master.

Bob’s hero and mentor, Earl Nightingale, was one of the giants in the self-improvement movement. Beginning with the teachings of Thomas Troward, Emerson, and the genius of William James, these mentor/guides made the change that is inevitable into something we could manage — something that could catapult us into a much more meaningful and successful reality. They held onto the truth until it became their character, their life’s work as a mentor. These giants brought about a vast shift in the way we think, the way we see the world, ourselves, and others. We (you and I) are the custodians of the lessons and the legacies these mentors laid down. Their lessons are the source of this book.

After twenty years of being mentored by a legend, and after a lifetime of wild successes often followed by dismal failures, William has discovered the key to that formula. William continues his mission of inspiring people to discover a new way of life through recognizing and sustaining the Five Key Areas of Health and Wealth — Healthy Mind, Body, Family, Community, and Finances.

William has personally mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and individuals from every walk of life in over twenty countries around the world. He is the author of the The Mentor In Me, WHAT TO DO, WHAT wt_bobproctor14NOT TO DO. The book contains lessons offered from his mentor, Bob Proctor and lessons learned from William’s entrepreneurial and personal experiences. It highlights a story that is familiar to most people—being given incredible insight and guidance, but not always choosing to listen to it. The Mentor In Me follows the roller-coaster ride of what happens when you accept counsel from a mentor and the consequences for not. The book offers a solution for getting off the roller- coaster.

After discovering that mentors could help him achieve his goals in less time than it would take him to figure it all on his own, William created a 21-Day Coaching Program to help people of all ages and demographics (young adults, corporate executives, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and budding entrepreneurs alike) gain a higher level of awareness and improve their results in every area of their life.

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William takes a unique and efficient approach to coaching by helping individuals unlock their potential through a process of eliminating old paradigms and habits. Reaching our true potential requires a formula of disciplined repetitive learning just as a gym membership requires self- discipline and repetitive workouts for optimal physical health.

Go to www.thementorinme.com for more information.

Lisa and I are thrilled to begin 2017 with the release of this exceptional book from Writestream Publishing!

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Reflections on 2016: A Year of Building

Reflections on 2016: A Year of Building

Although I’ve been a student of the Law of Attraction for decades (since my oldest brother introduced me to Tony Robbins in the early 90s), over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to study and apply it continuously, thanks to Tasha Chen and the Science of Getting Rich Academy.

Putting these principles into practice takes focused effort and unwavering faith in the process — a daunting task for any human being, especially since most of us have been raised with negative messages about money. This unhelpful programming has been embedded in our subconscious minds, which in turn, constantly remind us that acquiring wealth requires slavish hard work and/or is nearly impossible (only the “lucky ones” do, after all); the love of money is evil; and being poor is somehow virtuous.

A typical Florida sight: an egret crosses my path during my walk.

A typical Florida sight: an egret crosses my path during my walk.

In my case, positive messages about success and wealth at home contrasted sharply with those received throughout my Catholic schooling. I didn’t fully appreciate the origins of these conflicts until I had the chance to work with Tasha, both one-on-one, and within the fabulous community of like-minded people she has created.

For the most part, I’ve spent this past year acknowledging and releasing old thought patterns, forgiving those who helped to instill them, and remaining firm in BE-ing and Living in the Certain Way.

Through these daily, minute-by-minute efforts, I met author and entrepreneur William Todd, whose book The Mentor in Me, will be published soon by Writestream Publishing.  I sought out an affiliation with the incredible book publicist Michelle Kulp for Writestream Publishing — which became a reality this past summer. These are just two of the inspired actions I took, thanks to Tasha’s guidance.

Last week, I attended my first Women’s Prosperity Network, where I met even more like-minded people and won a raffle prize.

img_20161215_120400International Speaker, Best Selling Author and Global Leader, Nancy Matthews brings the perfect blend of business acumen, authenticity, heart and an intuitive understanding of people to all of her endeavors. After 20 years in corporate and dabbling in entrepreneurship on the side, in 2002 Nancy went into business for herself and the rest, as they say, is history. She is known as the “Visionary with Guts” for her persistence in going for her goals and dreams despite apparent obstacles or challenges and works with individuals and organizations to support them in achieving stellar results. As co-founder of Women’s Prosperity Network (along with her two sisters), Nancy’s leadership creates the space for women (and men) to embrace and step into higher levels of self-mastery and professional development. Since 2008 Women’s Prosperity Network has served thousands of people, through workshops, conferences and mastermind events and the weekly “Wow Wednedsay” teleclass that features today’s thought leaders and experts. She is the author of The One Philosophy, Visionaries with Guts, the highly acclaimed Receiving Your Riches Course and the Best Selling Series, Journey to the Stage. Nancy has been featured on NBC, BraveheartWomenTV, The John Tesh Radio Network and has shared the stage with some of today’s leading experts such as Jack Canfield, Seth Godin, Sharon Lechter, Loral Langemeier, Kevin Harrington, John Maxwell and Bob Burg. Nancy is currently the CEO and Founder of Visions In Action, Inc. (her coaching and consulting firm), and Co-Founder of Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN). She lives in South Florida and is the proud parent of 2 amazing children … they are light of her life! For more information about Nancy and Women’s Prosperity Network go to NancyMatthews.com and WomensProsperityNetwork.com Contact: Nancy@NancyMatthews.com (800) 928-6928

The Melbourne Causeway, one of my favorite sites in my own backyard.

The Melbourne Causeway, one of my favorite sites in my own backyard.

If you haven’t read Nancy Matthews’ powerful book, I highly recommend it. It is filled with practical wisdom and simple exercises you can do right now to change your mindset and your life. One of them involves a daily practice of gratitude ~ something I’ve done for many years, but thanks to Tasha, much more consistently throughout 2016.

While my physical manifestations have not yet materialized, I know and trust they are on their way. And when the old thought patterns threaten my faith in the creative process, giving thanks for what is already here is one simple, effective way to stand firm on principle.

This past Saturday is an example. I spent several hours walking in nature to appreciate what’s already all around me and to keep my mind saturated in gratefulness, versus guilt. Countless people this year have been incredibly good to me. They know who they are and I hope they know how much I appreciate them. One in particular comes to mind because she has gone above and beyond what anyone could have reasonably expected under the circumstances (which I’ll not divulge here). I’ve expressed my gratitude to her verbally and I certainly hope she recognizes herself in this blog post.

Rather than wallowing in guilt, I am choosing to channel my genuine thankfulness into resolute adherence to the principles outlined in the Science of Getting Rich. It’s the best way to prove their validity and vindicate her trust in me as the co-creator of my healthy, wealthy, abundant-in-every-good-way life.

What are you grateful for in your life? Who do you thank God for?

Keep a journal. Write it all down, every single day. Take nothing for granted, but give thanks for every good thing, no matter what else appears to be going wrong. By keeping your mind focused on the good that already exists, you will open the channels for even better events, circumstances and people to enter your life. Focusing on gratitude puts you in a high vibration, which in turn, attracts greater abundance and more reasons for you to feel thankful – a wonderful, scientific fact and self-fulfilling prophecy.

As for me, I am grateful for the countless opportunities I attracted in 2016 and look forward to the miracles and blessings sure to come in 2017. I am grateful for the people who have supported me in various ways in this past year and cannot wait to vindicate their faith in me in the New Year.

To all of them and to God, I say with unbridled enthusiasm and joy: thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

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