1. Peter
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 4:27 am

    You had so many reasons to give up but you chose not to and life gave you back and it’s like a ripple effect. I admire your courage and wisdom and thanks for sharing your storytelling which is a great example for all of us. I am happy you found your happiness and confidence in life.


    • Jeff
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 9:18 am

      Wow, what an amazing blessing to me this was to read! I’m paralyzed at the T 4 level SCI 9 years and am finding a way to avoid depression often. Thanks for your encouraging story and giving me some vision ideas now! I thought Nick Voicachek had a good story, but yours is right up there also!! Jeff


    • Patricia Savo ( Pen Name: Erin Cooper Reed)
      Apr 14, 2017 @ 5:11 pm


      I really needed to read this post today.

      I am a survivor of domestic violence and a single mother of three boys.

      Unexpectedly, I have found myself faced with a life altering situation, one which pales in comparison to all that you have had to endure and overcome.

      Ironically, I have also found my “counter punch” through my writing.

      Thank you for this amazing, perspective altering post. You are truly an inspiration.

      Here is what I wrote yesterday.

      It All Leads Back to You


      Jon, your words have given me everything that I need to keep me moving forward. I am sure that I will be revisiting this post many, many times in the future to help pull me through.

      God bless,



  2. S Webb
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 4:46 am

    What an incredible man you are, made so by the sounds of it by an incredible woman. It shows the power of good parenting. Inspirational.


  3. Fatima
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 7:01 am

    Wow! No more excuses from me then. Thank you Jon. I thank God for you. You’re changing lives.


  4. Mel
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 7:34 am

    I hate you! You reminded me of my own vulnerability, my own weaknesses and my lack of courage. .. but then you also reminded me that I can be better, stronger and full of courage. Self doubts, fear and self pity are an inside job – punches I can’t counter because they are my own hand. I need to stop or I will never win the fight. Thank you for sharing.


  5. Diana Zyskind
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 8:03 am

    Jon Morrow !!! What a FANTASTIC human being you are, THANK YOU for sharing your life story.


  6. Cindy
    Mar 4, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Fantastic! Looking forward to receiving more of these amazing messages! THANK YOU!


  7. Devin Slavin
    Mar 6, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

    Hi Jon!

    Man, you are so inspiring!

    Mike Weiss (of Client Engagement Academy) shared this link with me on FB – and I just made the connection that you were also rockin the top of Danny Iny’s launch… Which speaks volumes about your work and success in life.

    I SO hope to meet you someday in person. Until then! Keep rockin it. 🙂



    • Donna Kretzman
      Mar 9, 2017 @ 12:54 am

      Dear Jon,
      You are an amazing person and Thank God your mother had the strength to do what she did. Amazing, just amazing. You are my inspiration from this day forward. I am a Registered Nurse and I don’t think I’ve heard any story of such outstanding acts of bravery and triumphs. Outstanding Jon. You are a true inspiration to anyone. I will pass your story on and on to anyone that is in need of your courage from this day forward also. I am honored to have read your story and would be just as so to meet you in person. You are in my prayers. Carry on Dear Jon. I would love to hear more of your successes in the future.



  8. George
    Mar 9, 2017 @ 12:48 am

    Thank you, Jon, you give so much. I have been to that crossroads, yes different one from yours, but I recognised it straight away, dig the hole or say no! Like you I am still going forward and find enjoyment in each day…even the bad times are good.


  9. Nicah Caramba
    Mar 10, 2017 @ 3:25 am

    Hey, Jon!
    I’ve read this post multiple times and it continues to move me, especially the last part. I admit that making a name for myself with the ultimate goal of helping people and having freedom is extremely hard, but you make it seem possible. Heck, you made it possible!

    I’m grateful that life gave me the opportunity to know your story because it’s one of the few that truly inspires and motivates me to take action.
    And I *have* taken action. No more excuses to live the life I truly want to live.


  10. Johan Swart.
    Mar 10, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

    Hi Jon, what an honour to meet you. Many thanks for the heads up in the above posting it has taught me a lot.

    Take care.



  11. Timothy M Nugent
    Mar 10, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

    I absolutely love your post. You have summoned up the Angels to defeat my demons and forge sheds to a better future. Thank you!


    • Donna Kretzman
      Mar 10, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

      Hi Tim,
      Hi! I was about to text “Ted”, Lol! Any relation? Oh boy, I’m showing my age now. Ha Ha! Thank you for the response to my post. When I read how much pain that Jon has endured in his life and as a person living with chronic pain for years, I need to sit back and reflect on his pain and try to withstand mine in silence. He has encouraged me to fight my demons also.
      There should only be more people in the world as him. I just hope the pain part is or has been over for him as I feel that from his story, he has endured enough.
      Nice talking to you, Donna


  12. Vivienne Davies
    Mar 14, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    You know I am a tetraplegic and have an admiration of all you have achieved…I’m 27 years post injury and have achieved much (I’m still living!), but, how do you advise someone who is facing new challenges (work-wise and money wise), and finding it a struggle after the years of shit?


  13. Paul Black
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Right at a point in my life when it seemed that everything around me was unraveling, I found your website. Everything you wrote was just what I needed to read.

    It made me ashamed for my lack of gratitude towards the good things I have, and reinvigorated my resolve not to let the blows of life get me down.

    The punches don’t seem so hard now. And, I’m learning to look for the counterpunch openings.

    Thank you, Jon, for your straightforward honesty and wisdom, and God bless you.


  14. Greg
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

    Joining that fight with you. My life changed in a car accident, but I will never, never, never give up.


  15. Binta
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 5:15 am

    Awesome. Your are such an inspiration and thank you for waking me up.


  16. Ashley Owen
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

    I suffer from chronic illness and sometimes feel as though my goals are impossible. Reading a story such as yours reminds me to keep my head up and keep moving forward, however, and I really appreciate you sharing your story! Very well written and inspirational!


  17. Monica Watson
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

    You are incredible. Can’t wait to read more!


  18. Fernanda
    Mar 25, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

    Wow buddy
    Amazing – you are so STRONG and inspirational.


  19. Louis Chew
    Mar 26, 2017 @ 2:05 am

    Powerful writing coupled with an inspiring story.

    You’re so much more than a great blogger and writer, Jon. Please keep the stories coming – this might just be your greatest legacy yet.


  20. Ann Cloete
    Mar 31, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    Dear Jon, I am inspired beyond words by your post. Somehow, you help me to understand more about suffering than ever before.

    It has always been a mystery to me. Impenetrable. Shrouded in dread. So often, I have heard the things people say about suffering. There is a flip-side to the coin. Every cloud has a silver lining. And so on. Yet, I really did not get it.

    Until now.

    And as I read about your process and your incredible journey, I am seeing my own challenges in an entirely new light. Thinking too that the application of the tools you describe will in fact be life-changing for me.

    How can I thank you for a gift such as this!


  21. Nancy Potter
    Apr 4, 2017 @ 1:12 am

    Dear Jon,

    Thank you for your message! I look forward to more of your inspiring thoughts & God Bless you in all that you do now & in the future. My picture of the tall bird with the frogs pads around the bird’s neck. At the bottom of the picture “NEVER GIVE UP”.

    It always makes me smile! Since my health problems begin many years ago, I always keep that message close to me. It has gotten me thru many difficult times. To great times ahead no matter what is given to me.

    Keep Smilin’


  22. Jack
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 9:16 am

    I thought maybe someone had been in this situation and knew the right steps.
    My good friend from S. Caroline is losing his medicaid insurance coverage because he started receiving Social Security in January 2017. He found out a day before that he got for his necessary daily injections cost $9,100 per month. Social Security is only $791 a month. So, he can’t cover $9100 from his own pocket. In other words, he’ll be dead if he is unable to return his medicaid insurance instead SS $791 a month.
    Please maybe somebody has a good advice for my friend. I’m not from the USA, I don’t know a way how to help him.
    Sorry, I put it here. I just thought here should be people who had faced with the same stuff already and overcame it somehow.


  23. Esma Gumberidze
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 11:56 am

    reading this made me understand how minor my mizeries really are, but also how cowerd I actually am, how I don’t really take risks. My mother used to tell me in order to push me to study that Capitalism is coming (I’m from former Socialist country) and I have to be competitive, which is impossible without good education. She also used to tell me that everybody else could just work as a taxi driver, as a sales person at the store, but as I’m blind, I won’t be able to, so I have to study to be able to get the job I could do, which would demand academic knoledge, parents are very important in this situations.


  24. Esma Gumberidze
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    It’s really interesting, how the same story could be told in different tone, with different intentions, in a different mode and have totally different outcomes. In another blog you talked about how terrible were reasons that pushed to move to Mexico. It felt like you had to do it spontaniously, but here, when you told more details, it seems like well-thought decision with minimized risks (you had clients to work with, who would pay you, you had planned on this and prepared somewhat).


  25. Esma Gumberidze
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

    I remember one of the most challenging periods of my life. When I just had entered the university. Wishing not to be a financial burdon for the university, to prove that disability accesssability is not as expensive as one might think, I asked the administration to just assign a volunteer/s from my student class, who could read to me (as I’m totally blind) and who would have to do the same reading assignments and take the same classes. One girl actually agreed, but she was not doing it well. She would skip a tone of readding, saying that nobody reads this, nobody understands this stupid texts. Then she would see a frined and want to say “hi” to her/him and that “hi” would last for half an hour. During the seminars, as she could see she could look up at some materials to answer professor’s questions, could snick through and I couldn’t. If I hadn’t read it, I hadn’t read it. I sat there like stupid. It was one class, when I felt particularly desparate and sorry for myself. I saw, how those sighted students were struggling with all reading materials they had in front of them to answer a question that seemed really simple for me. I wished, I had read that material, I imagined, how easily I could answer this. I thought that they really are not using and are taking for granted their sight. I thought: “they can see, it’s so easy for them to get these learing materials, but they don’t care and I care so much but there is not so much I can do”. Finally I of course went to the university administration, explained the situation and ask them to hire a paid assistant, which they did and after which I became the best student at my class of the law school having the highest GPA.


  26. Brenda
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 10:42 am

    Except for the bad words, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story, Jon. Thank you! While you had and have it so much worse than me, I was able to relate. I’m a recent cancer survivor still in recovery, and I’ve come to learn that my #1 priority each day is to feel good. When feeling bad or in pain, then I make it my #1 priority to feel better. That keeps my mindset on a positive plane from which only good things can happen. Keep up the great work you do and always know you’re an inspiration to a vast audience, and to some who suffer in silence.


  27. Marian
    Apr 16, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

    What an inspirational story, so powerful! I was deeply touched by your story because you address some of the fundamental elements that can make or break a person: the acceptance of unfairness in this life and the realization that one can do something about it or slide down the deepest pit of self-pity, discouragement and fear. Keep up the good work. Thank you so much for sharing your life with your readers and inspiring and encouraging them. You make a difference in people’s life and that is the highest purpose any human being can aspire to.


  28. Usman
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 3:21 am

    You are truly amazing and unstoppable man. We look for motivation and search around, i think it is here.


  29. Jini Maxin
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 8:04 am

    Truly Inspiring! Couldn’t leave without commenting. Had to make several second-guesses whether to comment or not. Anyways, I decided to go ahead. Thank You So Much for coming up with such a wonderful blog, not to mention the blog posts. Thanks for taking time out of your highly trafficked blog smartblogger and setting up this new site. You truly are UNSTOPPABLE Warrior Jon. And do remain one all through your life…Hats off to you and your mom.


  30. Kirsi Linsuri-Sipilä
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 11:41 pm

    Wow! You really are most brave and positive person one can think of. All the best for you in the future, always keep your good spirit!


  31. Robert Longley
    Apr 29, 2017 @ 4:18 am

    I’ve followed your writing off and on for years. For someone who doesn’t move much, you sure pack a punch.


  32. Robert Longley
    Apr 29, 2017 @ 4:35 am


    You can be unstoppable
    When challenge comes your way
    Always give your everything
    As you wake to each new day

    What is too much pressure
    Or maybe too much pain
    How much can one man take
    When he knows how to use his brain

    To have a single focus
    Brings clarity of sight
    That even in the darkness
    The future may look bright

    There are no upper limits
    To what can be achieved
    It all comes down to attitude
    And what we let ourselves believe


  33. Esma Gumberidze
    Apr 29, 2017 @ 5:26 am

    On the date that was wrong,
    On the night that was long,
    We still fought and we fought,
    cause we thought, they were wrong.

    And we fell and we died,
    Cause just few took our side,
    But we still were to fight,
    Cause we knew, we were right.

    In the light, in the dark
    We still kept to embark
    On our beloved dream
    To have own peace of bark.

    In the wind, in the rain
    We stood calm, firm and still,
    Cause we thought, we believed,
    that was parents’ last will.

    Fight was hard, it was hard,
    Cause there were few of us
    And some more and some more
    were betraying us.

    They couldn’t crash us,
    Even though, they were strong,
    Cause we thought, we believed
    God united us.

    And we finally won
    After thousand years
    But we won just one stone
    We could build firm upon.

    We won one stone of world
    To live and die on
    And we built it for long,
    Until made it stronghold.


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