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Statistically speaking, I have no business being featured as a luminary. You see, I'm a high school drop-out with a delinquent childhood who came from a broken home, had low self esteem, hung out with the wrong crowd, made incredibly poor decisions, at best right now I should only be earning around $20,000 a year.

The biggest surprise of my life is that each day somewhere in the world someone is being inspired by one of my emails. I'm grateful that I spend my days doing something I love, in an industry I love and credit with saving my life.

Even as a kid, it seemed my tendency was to defy the odds, and that my path to success was meant to follow the road less traveled. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Today, I'm known throughout the world as "Mr. Positive." Co-founder of and publisher of the acclaimed e-zine, "Motivation in a Minute," I've reached millions of people online in over 150 countries with inspirational movies, positive stories and motivational quotes.

My greatest accomplishment is that I pursued my dreams and followed my inner compass that always pointed me back to one thing and one thing only - to help people grow.

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10 Lessons You Need to Know

One of my favorite quotations about life's teachings comes from Thomas Carlyle, who said "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." So, here's what I've come to know: 1) Take care of yourself as best you can. Daily exercise, relaxation and nutrition are vital for optimal performance in every area of life. Do your best and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. 2) Love is what makes life worth living. I believe learning to love is the most important skill we can develop in our lives, and yes I…

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Can I Choose to Stay Positive?

"I have been having a difficult time lately with staying positive. It seems as if there is so much going on that it's difficult to try and stay positive. I used to be happier... How can I get through the day being positive?" ~ Julie Hi Julie, Thanks for your question, I get this one a lot and I want you to know that even “Mr. Positive” isn't able to “Stay Positive” all the time! Even though your life is very busy here are three things you can do in ten minutes or less to immediately to shift your attitude when you are not feeling…

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