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I have reinvented myself, three times in my life, now I am where I should be, and with a story that will help people to find their way. Just a short time ago, I never would have thought I would be a full-time artist, writer and a motivational speaker. As I continue this cathartic experience, my take-away is this:

Sometimes failure is God telling us to change our life -- to dream and to "go for it". Now, I live the dream.

Things perceived as hardships comprise the marathon of tools to overcome our adversities.

Throughout life, people will testify that survival is a marathon of sorts. It takes experience to create the tools needed to try to change life; it takes even that much more to achieve victory from within---self-gratification. I have owned three very different businesses in my life. Spending most of my life as an artist, 15 years in advertising as an art director and illustrator---I have made it to the top and lost everything twice. Energy out of focus, I suffered from a world of attention deficit, a combustion chamber of aspiration---the kind of energy that starts the next-door neighbor's house on fire. Like many, I learned business (life) the hard way. It took 50 years to figure out I was happier in the arts. How do we identify and achieve our role in business, in life, and locate the people who will witness it? These were questions that repeated in my mind and transported me onward to my continuing journey.

It's a mighty thing that I currently teach people how to find happiness within themselves. Ten years ago I was a middle-aged businessman, who had a hard time admitting that he had lost the battle, again, for the second time, leaving me evaluating my own worth. Never judge a man by his wallet (but they always do). Judge him by his heart and his will to laugh at the madness. Oh yes -- there will be madness.

Refusing to give up after I found myself divorced and alone, I ventured out to find my creative self. I was a middle aged man in crisis and in a gamble. I did abstract paintings, experimenting with color, space and shape. I wrote my first book. I decided to put my resourcefulness into high gear -- I took me and my newly scorched rear-end (ass) on the road. I gave up my house, my business and all my worldly possessions. I went on a journey with my books, my artwork and my wits. I had no idea what life would have in store for me. I took my rearview mirror, snapped it off at the neck, took my life and faith and set out on the road to re-design America. That was 49 months and 57,000 miles ago. I have been everywhere from Mackinac Island, to Key West Florida.

I grew up in Grand Ledge, Michigan and owned a large transportation business outside Detroit for 17 years. I started and operated three businesses for thirty-five years. The stress began to take a toll on my health. I felt sidetracked. I needed a change. Sometimes you have to leave everything you have known behind to discover what you were meant to do with your life.

I struggle to find the words to explain this journey. It has been incredible, outstanding, and surreal. People have taken me in and given me food and inspiration and bought my art and books. It has been more than I ever could have imagined. Every day is a new adventure, meeting people that I had never heard of the day before. However, it can be lonely -- there are real dues to be paid. Nevertheless, when you have something as good as this, you can't stop until you see the dream through.

That was then and this is now, I am back, and the change of life worked. Sometimes you have to be at the bottom without any support to make you think deep enough. There is something to be said about desperation, it makes you creative. You’d better get creative, or it’s your ass. Now, I am ready to teach you to be more creative, to out think your competition, create a new style, idea or product, and venture into the unknown. I am here to help you.

I love where my journey has taken me and I love that my loss has led to a career in corporate coaching for creative people. I teach others to follow their dreams…

Here are five out of my twenty "tips" for happiness and personal success that have taken 35 years to learn. This is what I will talk about and blog about, here---now let’s get stated:

  • Never settle…Whether in traditional marriage or in a business partner, you better spend time with that person (s) and connect on all levels of life---spiritually-mentally-physically-emotionally-financially. Communicate your vision of the future and never settle, because of loneliness, and or need of capital.
  • Expectation. It's okay to have a vision, and aspirations, just be careful about expecting lofty goals (don't make unreachable goals, your whole world) to be handed to you. When you're in a giving state of mind, is when blessings can sneak up on you.
  • Make accidents happen. Constantly battle in the trenches---fight to be better, experiment with new ideas until (when you’re not expecting it) you stumble onto something your competition overlooked. Prepare for change, it can happen fast, what you do today might not be what you do tomorrow.
  • Natural Flow. Life wasn't meant to be forced, that's not to say; you won't have problems, because you will. I'm talking about ubiquitous problems that seem to mount up from all sides with no end in sight. Luck, faith, talent, knowledge, timing, need and flow; all equal karma, if you've got these things... you've got it all.
  • Failure is not always a bad thing. If you’re doing what you love, and test studies show there's a market for what you love; then, never give up. Sometimes you have to be at the bottom without any support to make you think deep enough. There is something to be said about desperation, it makes you creative. You’d better get creative or it’s your ass, now you are ready to out think your competition, create a new style, idea or product, and venture into the unknown.
To read the complete list, go to “20 tips” at: CorporateCoach.com