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  1. Mark Tong
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    “I will never, ever give up.” – This was my mantra before i had even heard of you Jon. The difference? Now, I have a way to make that a reality. Everything I was expecting from you Jon -and more.

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    • jelila
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

      Hey John, this is amazing! I hope it is also a book, it feels like a book… You could call it ‘F*cking the Lemons’! xo

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      • Jan Oršula
        Jan 17, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

        Hello Jelila, very good point!

        He should write a book, or record a film? It would have been much better than what’s running on TV!

    • Rose Randolph
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:12 pm

      Jon thank you for this inspiring, live changing article. I had so many aha moments!! I cut and pasted many sections. You have given me the game plan I need to move beyond the crazy I am now experiencing. I am also changing the rules!!! Thank you Jon for never giving up and having the guts to move to Mexico to take care of yourself. I am looking forward to more from you.

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      • Susan
        Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:25 am

        I too wanted to cut and paste into my game plan. What a perfect time of year. “The end and the beginning”. How often with you blog???

    • Jorge
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

      Hello Jon my name is Jorge, I live in Los Cabos Mexico and I have to be honest with you in parts of your blog I felt uncomfortable and annoyed by your comment about my country, but as I continued reading I realized that the comparison you make is true in some of our cities but not all, at the same time I realized that I find myself in that position where I have not been able to win the game and fear of success has slowed me down, so it’s time to change the rules and make my dream come true. I want to tell you that I admire you for your determination in life and that from this moment I will never give up to achieve my goals and help others. I hope that someday I can meet you in person. God bless you and to all who follow you .

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      • Shawn
        Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

        Very uplifting article!

        Thank you!

        Jorge, it would be great to speak to you. I’m thinking of moving to Cabo one day. I might even have an interesting business idea that you may want to offer some feedback etc.
        Please find me on FB. Shawn Thomas Kennedy.

        Cuidate y buena suerte!

    • Splendo
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:16 am

      One of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. You’re an inspiration buddy. Keep kicking ass.

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    • Rakiya
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:31 am

      Hello Jon.
      Reading your story have added to my mantra. I have been a fighter and I will continue fighting back. I will never never never give up. I hope to get more and more of your stories. You are a positive thinker.

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    • Ifehwo Ena
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

      I will never, ever give up. Thank you Jon.

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    • Anurag Maloo
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

      Loads of love, Jon! So much of inspiration and positive energies. Looking forward to read more of your stories and would love to meet one day. – Anu

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    • Evin
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

      Amazing, a true warrior of this world. Through all the adversity your words shine a light so true, like a compass showing true north, you are the gravitational pull that will guide the many. Lucky number 7 was truly worth waiting for ! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP. Jon, thank you for changing my day and my outlook on life and thank you for the time you spent writing this article. You are one badass, margarita sipping mofo 😀

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  2. Garry
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    John, That is best cut through the bullshit and get real with life post I’ve ever read.

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    • Lisa Kneller
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

      Outstanding and I will be sharing this. I will never complain about anything ever again! I’m looking forward to more inspiration from you Jon. You’re the best!

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  3. Uju
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

    Your stories are incredible. Your story is incredible. And number 7 was worth the anticipation. Thanks again for sharing your insights and experiences with clarity and humour. Already signed up and expecting great things from this blog.

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  4. waqas
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

    Hi Jon,

    I know you have been working on this for a while, I am really excited that you going to be breaking into self growth genre. Looking forward to expecting the same great quality of content that you have been delivering in all your other endeavours. Amazing post, Amazing lessons, and an amazing closure, because of your commitment “I will never, ever GIVE UP”

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  5. Leanne Regalla
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    Love your take on acceptance, Jon. That’s always how I’ve seen it too, once I learned to use it to my advantage – the first step to victory.

    So happy you’ve finally launched this project! Congratulations!

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  6. Arjen ter Hoeve
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    Embrace the crazy 🙂 I love that one!

    You live a crazy life. You do the things most people only dream about. You chose not to follow the safe road. That is something most people do not dare to do.

    Looking at your pirate picture I can only think… he never stopped being a pirate. He continues to live his life on his conditions!

    Please continue to amaze us with your thoughts and never, ever stop being an example!

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  7. Rohan Bhardwaj
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

    This is pure gem. Classic Jon.

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  8. Caelan Huntress
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

    Wow. You are so inspirational, Jon. Thank you for never giving up.

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  9. Ann
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

    Congratulations Jon!

    I know you’ll touch many hearts with the “never, never, never give up” mantra.

    “If you can’t win the game, change the rule,” this is my favorite. I have changed a few rules in life to survive.

    Cheers, Ann

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  10. Chris Lee
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

    Hey Jon! Such an inspiring article.

    Congrats on the new blog. Can’t wait to read your future posts.

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  11. Angela Budd
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    Brilliant – as expected. Looking forward to the next post. This genre is a fantastic fit for your writing style, authenticity and life experiences. Cant wait to hear more

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  12. Joanna Jast
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

    What a powerful, inspiring story. A story that you hear once in a 100 years.
    And since I know your work, Jon, I know it’s written from the heart without hot air and BS.
    Thank you for sharing it – I’ve learnt a lot for it.

    I’ll never ever give up 🙂

    Ps. Congratulations on launching your project

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  13. Mindy
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing this gift! Hope you are enjoying a great warm, sunny day in Mexico.

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  14. Shayan Jalali
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

    Hey Jon,

    Great article! Love your writing style. Can’t wait to read future posts.

    Best,

    Shayan

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  15. Marilyn G
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    Jon,
    Thank you for sharing your journey. I really needed the encouragement you just provided! I have been a never, never give up person until just this week. I have been feeling just like what you wrote….too tired, don’t care, life stinks……can’t come back one more time, until your article:) You reminded me of all the lessons I have learned but that the current feelings were pushing out. Thanks again and good luck with the new venture.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

      Love to see comments like this. Thanks Marilyn.

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  16. Carol Tice
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    Love that you’re doing this new blog, Jon. I consider it an honor to have met in person with not just you, but the only person I know who’s MORE awesome than you — your mom. 😉

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    • Jon Morrow
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

      I agree with that 100%. 🙂

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    • Ann
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:33 pm

      Carol, I met her too. She’s amazing.

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  17. Sarah
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

    Your a HUGE inspiration!!! Congrats on the new site! Looking forward to more! 🙂

    -Sarah

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  18. Miranda Hill
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

    So happy for you Jon. Your story is inspiring. No, that word just doesn’t do it justice at all. Your story grabs me by the scruff of my neck, kicks me in the butt and injects me with a huge dose of ‘I can and I will’ all at the same time. No excuses. Never give up. I can’t wait to read your future posts.

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    • Binita
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

      Hey Miranda, your post brought a wide grin on my face. Incredible how Jon with his no bs style cuts through with clarity; in doing so infuses clarity for the reader too.

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  19. Blaine Wilkerson
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

    Hi Jon,

    The Art of The CounterPunch is brilliant. Your description really resonates with how I tackle adversity. I see no other option.

    But perhaps most important, I’m making this post required reading for my son. I can’t think of a better role model for him.

    Thanks for sharing your life…and inspiring mine.

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  20. Gin
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Hello Mr. Jon, extending a heart warm Thank you for a wonderful share. I can so relate about getting back up with counter punches. I’ve always enjoyed Tecumseh,’ live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart …’ being a minority as a First Nation and a woman with an education has brought many punches but I keep going forward, slowly but surely. This post is an awesome intro to enjoy what will come next.

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  21. Maria
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

    Jon, I love this post. Hearing you talk about these things – fear, pain, failure – gets to my very core. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  22. Kris
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

    Wow. I’m speechless. With tears in my eyes. Not out of pity, but out of complete & total respect. Your story is remarkable. But the lessons are priceless. I’m dealing with some medical issues of my own, and losing control of a previously healthy body is hard to take – both physically & emotionally. My body keeps getting worse. And I keep getting more depressed that nothing can be done. I’ve read all the motivational stuff, and I get it. But the idea of a counterpunch – now that resonates with me. Thanks. Really. And keep being unstoppable…

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  23. Alex
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

    This is an amazing story and life-changing lessons, Jon. Thanks you for this incredible post.

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  24. Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    Jon…to say I needed this today is an understatement. I have been through some things in life (physically a broken neck that never healed right and a brain tumor on the brain stem that has required two surgeries so far, leaving me more and more disabled each time. I, like you, am a “pick yourself up by the bootstaps” kind of a gal (nothing like you, really), and I just keep going. Now I need two total knee replacements as I can hardly walk so that’s coming. Then, this morning, I realized I am having symptoms similar to when they found out my brain tumor had grown back with a vengeance and I needed the second surgery. To tell you the truth…I was feeling sorry for myself. Then I read your post. I will be reading it again and again, I’m sure. What a guy. Thanks, Jon.

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  25. Colette Broomhead
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    Wow. Just wow. What a life, what strength and what a story. Truly inspirational – thanks so much for sharing. I’m really excited to see what else this new blog will bring.

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  26. Sonia Thompson
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:09 pm

    Thanks Jon – such an important message at just the right time. I’ve felt a bit beat up from life lately, and the other day I yelled “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

    This post gives me the practical “how to” to stop “taking it” and fight back.

    Many thanks! 🙂

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  27. Jesse Barnett
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

    Hey Jon,

    Thank you for sharing your story. You’ve been such a help to so many people. Now it’s nice to hear the lessons you’ve learned from your life. I am rather unexpectedly losing my job in two days and I didn’t realize it but I’m applying the art of the counterpunch as we speak. Rather than being frustrated or angry I’m storming the gates of opportunity. I’m excited for what the future holds.

    I can’t wait to hear more of your story.

    Thanks for being authentic and real.

    Jesse

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  28. Pete Koufos
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

    “In life, every difficulty carries with it a corresponding opportunity of equal size.”

    If my arm was longer, I’d tattoo that right on there!

    I have embraced the crazy. 1) Because I already am 2) Out of necessity.

    And yeah, brah. Never, Never, Never Give Up!

    Very Jason Nesmith Galaxy Questy and very real!

    Thanks for the motivation. I hope we talk soon!

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  29. Chinedu
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:19 pm

    When I say the new Unstoppable, I was like Whoa…Jon is at this again…It’s a step in the right direction. This is becoming more personal and deep.

    Really inspiring.

    Thanks

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  30. Jerry Pompilio
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Thanks again Jon for a great post. I’ve been following you fo a while now and one of the reasons was that you always give great content for eveyone even if they haven’t bought anything. So it lead me to feel you have a good heart and a good sole. And now after reading this post I can see you have some big balls. You sure make my life look like a cake walk.

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  31. Michele
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

    Jon…And here I am at almost 83 with a lot more to learn. Thanks so much for giving me the re-start so I badly needed.

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  32. Don Sturgill
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    You’re the man, Jon. I’ve been following your work through the journey. Thanks for digging into the personal part of it all. You are appreciated.

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  33. Gregg
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

    It’s funny…I know “of you”, but haven’t really followed you online. Yet I can sit here right now and say this is one of the most moving, powerful, beautiful and inspirational things I have ever read.

    While I find it absolutely heartbreaking that you have had to endure so much in your life, I am so very thankful you took the time to write and share this. I don’t imagine it’s the last time I’ll read it.

    Thank you 1,000 times over. I’m humbled at your strength Jon.

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  34. Anne Johansson
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

    You’re a rock star. Please read this amazing blog post. You and Lisa Magill are kindred spirits in a league of their own:

    http://terminallyfabulous.weebly.com/blog/will-this-be-my-last-visit-from-santa#comments

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  35. Jupiter Jim
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

    Jon,

    I only have a minute right now. Trying to think of something that doesn’t sound cliche. But I still end up going back to the old “You’re Amazing and Inspiring!” cause it’s so true. You amaze and inspire and motivate me. Thanks so much. At one time, I believe that you lived in Florida where I live. Do you still live in Florida or are you in Texas now? Thanks again. And you are such great writer and storyteller. Such a great attitude. Thanks again for sharing and writing and living life the way you do.

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  36. Donna DeRosa
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

    Send lots of love your way, Jon. I needed this today. And your mother sounds amazing.

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  37. Kim
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

    Jon, I truly believe in synchronicity. What I needed to read when I needed to read it. Thank you. You’ve touched upon these topics in your other forums, but I’m so glad that you’ve launched this blog so it can be a focal point. I will never give up.

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  38. Sheree
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    Wow. Wow. Just. wow. This is by far THE best post I’ve ever read. I’ve been following you for just over a year now and I know how spectacular your writing is but this blew me away. This deeply resonated with me and I’m so grateful you shared your story and life lessons with us today. I needed to hear this. So very encouraging. Thank you.

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  39. Darleen
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

    Fanfuckingtastic! Never ever give up and change the rules. I will be 62 in January and although I have rebuilt myself several times, never got it quite right until I also adopted these same processes. I am now doing it right and won’t stop this time – as yes it finally hurts too much to not do

    Thank you!

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  40. FBK
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

    Hadn’t planned on crying.
    Never give up.

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  41. Coach Comeback James
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

    JON IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are a long time follower since the “On Moneymaking” days then you know what I am talking about! Writing that is tough, emotional, true…. this is what initially attracted me to Jon all those years ago. I am personally so damn glad he created this site!!!!!! It’s like Brendon Burchard, Brian Tracy with a little Grant Cardone mixed in to smack you so you don’t get to comfortable! Thank you for coming back Jon!!!

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  42. Lori English
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    JON
    thsnks for your Encoyragementand your Strength to overcome what you have. THIS is a wonderful blog. Always followed you. Congratulations.

    LORI ENGLISH

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  43. Lisa Illman
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    Hey Jon, I’m so excited you started this new blog!
    I have been following you for sometime, you are beyond inspiring, helpful and motivating! Thank you!
    I’m off to spread this around to my following

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  44. Eli Seekins
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

    Jon I’ve always thought that you have a truly amazing story. It’s honestly one of my favorites of all time.

    In 2009 (my senior year of high school), I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Soon after I quit the wrestling team, lost my job, was dumped by a girlfriend, kicked out of my home, and lost a full ride scholarship to my dream university.

    I too was stuck in the medicaid system. Getting a bill for $20,000 at age 18 after one weekend at the hospital is a little discouraging.

    I spent the next 5 years practically homeless and living off of food stamps.

    For almost 10 years I’ve been fighting a chronic incurable disease. Every day is a battle.

    Seeing the things that you do, and your attitude, motivates me to keep going.

    It gives me hope.

    I believe that, even despite this disease, I can have a good live and still accomplish my goals.

    Thank you so much for being such a huge inspiration.

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  45. Kay Perret
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

    I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been said. So looking forward to following these posts!

    Thank you from my heart for bringing your story to us to demonstrate the raw power of NEVER giving up.

    Kay

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  46. Ahmad Crump
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Jon,thank you so much for your post. You are such a inspiration I look forward to reading more of your work. Again Thank You- Ahmad Crump

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  47. Laurel Bern
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    I love you Jon.

    And I love your child-beating mom too.

    This is going to change lives; millions of ’em.

    Hope you’re ready for the onslaught.

    Eternally grateful that God lead me to you!

    xoxoxo

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  48. Nathan Segal
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Without question, one of the best, most inspirational articles I have ever read. I am most grateful for your post, partly because I’m in the middle of a comeback and it’s been far more difficult than I had ever imagined. Reading your words gives me a great deal of comfort. More importantly, I know you’re for real, and not some schmuck who can write fancy words without having lived through what he writes about. People who are the real deal mean everything to me and I am grateful to have found you, your posts, and to have the benefit of reading your story.

    While my journey has been difficult and extremely painful at times, it doesn’t even come close to what you’ve endured. I wish I had the power to make a difference (physically) in your life.

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  49. Ingrid Y.
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

    Oh my god Jon! You said in yesterday’s email that the excerpt would mean something to us in context. Once the post was fully read, it surely did. The last line, I cried.

    You, my dear Jon, have been such an influence in my (till now, shame on me for saying it) stagnant life. Yes. I have all kinds of reasons to feel as low as I do today but this..this is what I needed.
    “my tea is cold I wonder why I..got outa bed at all”… For some reason this line went through my head. That said, no worries. No one can be ‘the greatest’ fan and I certainly am not crazy like Stan. (fyi, the only song by Eminem I know) 🙂

    Thank you for digging so deep, as you have told us to do many, many times before. I cannot but take a deep breath continue to never give up.

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  50. James
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

    Love this quote: “Pain. The more you experience, the more you can handle in the future, and the less it knocks you off your game”.

    Thank you Jon, you’re a special guy.

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  51. Ned Johnson
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    A tour de force, Jon. You had a lot to say, and you assured us it would be worth reading. You did not lie. I have some things to add, and I ask for the same forbearance, and make the same promise. I hope I keep it as well as you did.

    Some years ago I had the good fortune to have met and spent quite a bit of time with Ron Kovic, author of “Born on the Forth of July.” He also lived in a wheel chair. I told him one night, after reading his book, that in reading it, I had the impression that here was a man who had a zipper installed in his chest, and that he pulled it down and let everything in him spill our onto the pages. I had the same feeling as I read your piece here.

    I have been at this more twice as long as you have, and though I have not faced quite the same challenges as you, I have had my share. I still do. I have also learned many of the same lessons you write about, and a few more as well. Like you I love to share what I’ve learned, and to do so I collect stories, examples, and expressions that help me do that. Here are a few of my favorites, all of which tie nicely into several of the ones you discussed. I’ll let you decide which ones fit with which. 🙂

    From Tom Robbins’ book, “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” I offer Robbins’ Law:

    “Anything that goes wrong can be turned to your advantage, provided it goes wrong enough.”

    A simple observation: Whatever you reach for, but can’t seem to grasp, know that it is true because there is something that you fear even more that you think will happen if you succeed.

    Desperation is my friend.

    From Richard Bach’s novel “Illusions:”

    “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. We seek out problems, because we need their gifts.”

    And my favorite of all time I first encountered in the book “Shackleton’s Boat Journey,” a fabulous example of never, ever, ever give up. What follows is my retelling of it

    Hillary’s eulogy:

    In the 1920s, George Mallory led an expedition to try to conquer Mount Everest. The first expedition failed, as did the second. Then, with a team of the best quality and ability, Mallory made a third assault. But in spite of careful planning and extensive safety precautions, disaster struck.

    An avalanche hit and Mallory and most of his party was killed. When the few who did survive returned to England, they had a glorious banquet, saluting the great people of Mallory’s final expedition. As the leader of the survivors stood to acknowledge the applause, he looked around the hall at the framed pictures of Mallory and his comrades who had died.

    With tears streaming down his face, he addressed the mountain on behalf of Mallory and his dead friends.

    “I speak to you, Mount Everest, in the name of all brave men living, and those yet unborn. Mount Everest, you defeated us once, you defeated us twice, you defeated us three times. But Mount Everest, we shall someday defeat you, because you can’t get any bigger, but we can!”

    And they did.

    I would love to discuss these and other related topics with you, Jon. I think we may have much more to share. For now, may your chair take wing.

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  52. Kay
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Love you Jon; I’ve followed your writing off and on which, helped me endure some of my own medical and legal challenges! Another, of many of your remarkable virtues, is, your amazing sense of humor!!! Maybe it’s because (on a much smaller scale) I’ve endured and, overcome some of the challenges you’ve mentioned here. But, one must keep their humor in tact if they are serious about survival, right?
    Thanks for sharing your amazing, wonderful, courageous self with all of us, you are a HERO!!

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  53. Susan Shadburne
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

    Like Kris, I’m dumb-struck. Tears streaming down my face. I’ve read your whole blog
    aloud to my husband. He thinks I’m unstoppable with regard to the sucker-punches I’ve been delivered, but I wanted him to hear from a master. You not only GET it, but your gift at passing it on is just stunning. As a retired film producer, I see a film in the offing. Another win for you. As a present day healer I see this blog as required reading for some of my clients. A win for them. If this piece doesn’t pick you up and throw you across the room, make you want to cry and cheer at the same time, well. . . we don’t have anything in common. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Jon.

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  54. Hannah Rose
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for pushing through all the pain that has come your way, and finding a way for others to benefit from it. Another person WOULD be spending their life in a nursing home…so glad you choose differently!Many people do not see choices beyond the obvious.

    Although I suspect not many have ever had to endure what you do on a daily basis, I am just trying to process my own injuries from being pushed off a truck by a young driver wanting sexual favors in exchange for a lift. I knew my thoughts needed sorting out if I was to leave behind the bleakness and general feeling that everything is beyond my control. Now is the time! If i want the body to mend, the thoughts have to guide it. I am so grateful for the timing of this piece. I can absorb the principles and apply them, and get stronger, rather than give up and feel sorry for myself. Thank you, Jon! You are very special.

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  55. Aaron Kelley
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:04 pm

    Thank you so much for letting these words come out of you. Jon, the way you write and craft a story, the way you teach me things I’ve known for years but show them to me in a new way. I love it.

    Changing the Rules, The Counter Punch, Never Give Up!

    Can’t thank you enough.

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  56. Shane Arthur
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

    Jon, life has kicked my ass for the past eight years. I feel like I’m emotionally on the canvass for the 10-count. I hear the ref counting, but I don’t seem to care most of the time.

    Then I hear a dogged voice like Mickey Goldmill’s in the Rocky movie yelling, “Never, never, never give up!”

    And I’m a bit ashamed about being ungrateful for all the things I have that you don’t.

    So, alright, alright! I’m getting up, dammit!

    Thanks for the back slaps, Jon Tzu.

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  57. Samson
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

    I can’t say anything new or better about this post, but I can say this, it truly rocks. You’ve learned to love every moment of life good or bad experience notwithstanding knowing you can’t run away form life, you can only live and leave it here unless you believe in life after death.

    The human spirit is not subject to disability and that is what makes you, alive. But that is a different story altogether. Great stuff! .

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  58. Kim Smyth
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    Done and done! What a great story and I just had to share it with the lady I care for who also has a rare form of MD called FA. I wanted her to see that you are so much worse off than she is, and look at how you triumphed!! She also has Medicaid, and while I don’t know all the details, I know she can’t afford to move away from her parents cause it sucks. If it weren’t for her parents and caregivers like me and several she has had in the past, I don’t know what she would do. Anyway, thanks for being an inspiration to me, and hopefully, to her. I will find more people to forward this to as well as share on Facebook- as a writer, I’m trying to plan for my 2017 calendar and one of the things I want to do is something that would help people more than just the conversational blog I run right now. Maybe we can come up with a few ideas together, but one that strikes me now, is to feature some of your posts on my blog so other people can see what an inspiration you are and how you overcame adversity. I’m not sure how, but I will think of something. I have so much to do before next year and I don’t even know where to start, short of buying a brand new desk calendar, lol. It has been a busier year for me this year with my writing than last, still, I have not figured out the direction I want to go, just that I want to write, and help people. My website sucks, my blog is cool-I’m up to around 80 followers and I have about the same on Medium, another platform I began writing on this year. I’m sorry I have been too busy to read any of your emails this last 6 months or so, but I’m glad I read this one. If it helps one person overcome their situation, it’s a win! Good luck and God bless you!

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  59. Lee Nourse
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

    Congratulations on your UNSTOPPABLE launch. You’re my hero Jon. I LOVE your writing style. That’s why I read most emails you send me. Yup I said “most”. I like brutal honesty, which is why I like you. So, yes, admittedly the odd one does get lost in the “read later” file. I’m working on a better system for 2017 though…promise!

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  60. Ron
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:19 pm

    Jon, thanks for that from-the-heart guidance. The words “Never give up” have a more powerful impact from this moment on. I am in a tough spot right now but have the inspiration to keep faith. You have gained a life-long reader with this and your other pieces revealing your excellent perspective. God bless.

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  61. Linda Luke
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

    Hey Jon: You’ve been inspiring me for years with your other blogs, but I think this one is going to be magic. And, it’s my kind of thing having been a life coach for 15 years.

    I’m going to share this online because I think more people need to hear what you have to say and become unstoppable. Heck, I’ve been a little stuck myself after a big move this year. I look forward to more of what you have to share…

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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  62. Christine Rosas
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

    You rock, Jon! Without you stepping up and never giving up, I don’t think I’d have the courage to boldly do the same thing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

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  63. Martha Mayo
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

    Hey Jon,

    I’m with Carol Tice, I’d love, love to meet your Mom:)

    Bless your incredible Mom for her determination and bravery.

    To say you “take after” your Mom is definitely an understatement.

    Please thank your Mom for never, ever giving up and teaching you the same, so that you continue to inspire all the rest of us with the same attitude.

    All the best,
    Martha

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  64. Laurie
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

    Jon,

    Thank you for being “Unstoppable!”

    Thank your Mom for instilling that in you!

    With much gratitude!

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  65. Alex Limberg
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

    What a magnificent, wonderful piece of writing, Jon! I have been knowing your touching life story for some time, but put into such raw truthful words, these lessons really get under one’s skin.

    I actually have a note in my kitchen that says “Use your fear.” It’s great fuel indeed.

    Excited to observe you start a new project from the very beginning.

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  66. Natalie
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:35 pm

    To read this going into 2017 has been the perfect inspiration. I’m so looking forward to your next post and I really believe this blog will transform many lives – you’ve certainly had an impact on mine during the time I’ve read your content. Thank you! Nat

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  67. Carole
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:37 pm

    I too find myself in the poverty trap. Pension and home will be gone. Damned if you don’t step out of it and crazy if you do. If you can do it so can I.

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  68. Ken D Taylor
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    In Sparta there were the “300”. Now I see one more.

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  69. Lesley
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:45 pm

    Absolutely inspirational. I will be sharing with lots of my friends who suffer a chronic illness the same as mine. It’s a walk in the park in comparison with what you have been through, but a big dose of kickass positivity is always welcome to us.

    I’m also going to share on our Facebook page for our grief website, (written by my Mum who is almost as positive as you!) as those folks definitely need a shot of Never, never, never give up.

    Thank you. Two totally inadequate words.

    Lesley

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  70. MaryAnn Shank
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

    Jon, yes I am very glad I took the time to read this post. You are one awe-filled person. Your “options” is my Plan Q, in business and in life. There is never just one way; there is Plan B, Plan C, etc. Thank you for all you are giving us.

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  71. Felix Abur
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    I will never miss a single post on this blog.

    Even though I am yet to read all the rest, this first post will always be my favorite. I will print this up and stick it to my wall.

    And those mornings when I’m feeling inadequate, lazy, or uninspired, I will look up at it and get myself moving. Never, ever give up.

    Thanks Jon, for the inspiration.

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  72. Daisy
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    Jon, I wish I could come up the words to properly express how much of an inspiration you have been to me. When I discovered your writing, I was at an all time low point in my life. My father had died, I was bankrupt, I lost my home and my car, and I was a failure. I had muddled through for a while and started a blog. I worked a million hours a week on another gig to try and keep my family afloat.

    Your writing and your instruction gave me the courage to take the leap. I signed up for SBO, reinvented my website, and threw myself into it wholeheartedly. I can’t thank you enough for changing my life.

    I’m really looking forward to your future posts.

    Best wishes and my eternal gratitude,
    Daisy

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  73. Peter Fritz
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    Jon – your stories never fail to inspire. Nor kick where it matters most. I can’t think of anyone more qualified – or skilled – to deliver this message. It’s kind of surprising you left it this long to create Unstoppable. I look forward to reading more.

    P.S. My cousin died of Muscular Dystrophy when he was twenty-two. Seeing him (and his mother) struggle as his life slowly faded was heart-breaking. Your determination to buck the odds and indeed, prosper, is incredible.

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  74. Cynthia Stadd
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    I never take the time to comment on blogs, and damn, this one was worth it! Thank you. For being so talented, brave and open. You are a huge gift, and this article is one of the most brilliant I’ve read amongst the mostly fluff land of self-help and motivational articles. Amazing words and message!!!

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  75. Joanna
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    Dear Jon,

    The first time I read your post that went viral in which you described your life and your mother’s fight for you, I was moved to tears. Then I thought: “I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel in my life now and there’s no-one to fight for me. No-one cares.” I’ve just read this and I take my hat off to you for giving the likes of me, somewhere else to go with that. My story is very different. I have had amazing opportunities and yet, I sit here tonight looking at the emptiness in my life and acknowledging the pity people have for me, either because the thought of being in my shoes scares them, or because they are going to get further down the road than me with less than I have been given. I don’t have much patience for super positive quotes or online advertising that bores with its transparent design, but this works precisely because self pity is not an option, for myself, in the light of what you have gone through, or from you to me, the reader, because you know you’ve been through worse. Go for it. 2017 is going to be a great year!

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  76. Hector
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

    Literally the best article I’ve read in my life. You are my hero man.

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  77. Adam Muller
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    Your writing is all meat. Thank you, Jon, for being real.
    You have me rethinking how I think about life and particularly how I relate to pain.

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  78. David O
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

    Totally inspiring. I cannot even begin to imagine the suffering you’ve had to contend with. You’ve come through the other side, but not just that, you’ve smashed it! Amazing.

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  79. Shobha
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

    I have been following you for some time and knew a few things you have said here, but this read was still very refreshing and inspiring. It’s great to know you!

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  80. Holly Payne
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:09 pm

    Jon, you da bomb. I’ve decided this is my year. We emailed a time or two some time ago, and I was trying to find out how you live so well. We have the same diagnosis with similar physical limitations, and I was struggling with ideas of how to live independently. You were raw and honest, and I appreciated that. Since we emailed, I’ve launched a blog, started a publishing company, moved to another state, and am beginning a speaking venture this year. All that on top of my full-time teaching job. Keep motivating people, Jon! It works!

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    • Jon Morrow
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

      So happy to hear that, Holly. Keep it up!

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  81. Lindy Medeiros
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

    We are all on a journey. Some of us are content to be passengers while others need to drive. It would have been far easier for you to simply coast along for the ride. Congratulations for taking control of your destiny. Your story is both humbling and inspirational and sharing it with the world also took courage. Thank you.

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  82. Paula High-Young
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    Jon,
    There is probably nothing I can say here, which hasn’t already been echoed a few dozen times. But allow me to add my voice to this choir.
    You lift me up. I am so grateful to have been led into your path. When I think of what this world might have been had you not fought to survive– to win– it would have been such a sorrow. The inspiration (and wisdom) you give so many of us is not to be taken lightly.
    My gratitude for your presence in my life is so immense, it brings tears to my eyes. I cannot thank you enough for choosing to be who you are and sharing yourself with us. And I thank your incredible Mom.
    This time of year can be difficult for many. You remind us to overcome it and rise to the opportunity of a new year. Thank you.
    Congratulations on your new site. This is gonna be so amazing. I’ll bet this one will be the best one yet. You keep “raising the bar,” and I love it.
    God Bless you!
    ~Paula

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  83. Jay Warner
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

    These are the words I needed to hear. I am at the crest where determination meets despair and you opened my eyes to see that it doesn’t have to be that way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story and pushing me, your reader, to greater goals. I can’t wait to read your next post.

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  84. Pip
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    What a brilliant first post on your new blog, Jon! I have shared it, and will be looking forward to reading each new post as it is published!

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  85. Connie C
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

    Thank you so, so much. I am in the middle of getting punched in the face by life. Thanks for reminding me to look for the counter-punch. This is everything that we expected from you.

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  86. Dagmar
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

    Jon – Consider me another member of your “Team Unstoppable!” I try to inspire and motivate others like me with ALS, but now… I have you to inspire me! Am sharing your blog – – and adding it on my blog’s “must read” list. Thank you for your frankness and your 7 Life Lessons. Looking forward to your next post!

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  87. Jeffry Thurana
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

    “Okay, this is my life now. What’s next?”

    Give me your best punch, o dear Life, and I’m ready with the counterpunches.

    Thank you, Jon, for teaching us the counterpunches.

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  88. Peter Kanayo
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    I just feel like expressing my inner thoughts in an unknown language.

    In the language of God. For in you I have seen the magic of a fighter.

    Of an brilliant and unstoppable swordsmith.

    A man who defied the laws of man-fed on the dish of perseverance.

    Meandered through life’s difficulty with every bit of equanimity.

    You are a book.

    You are a movie

    You are unstoppable.

    You are a diamond unleashed by heaven to bestrode our colossus.

    You are a gifted born by a gifted.

    You are fire wrapped by whirlwind.

    You are impeccably beautiful.

    You are a maestro.

    You are a dumdum unleashed on planet earth by a creative God.

    You are motivation.

    You are the harbinger.

    The hope child.

    The magic letter.

    The swordsmith.

    I am eternally grateful to my great God for letting you grace planet earth.

    Thank Jon Morrow.
    Thank you God for such purified talent

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  89. Melissa Perry
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    Bravo for holding the lamp high and saying that-a-way! We are not far behind.

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  90. Ahmad Imran
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    Jon, what you did is truly amazing and honestly speaking, seems like out of this world. Great story and more importantly, your desire to share it with others with a view to give them inspiration.

    You are right, never ever ever give up. Best wishes, great write up.

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  91. Elaine
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

    This is a most inspiring read. I shared it as we all need to be reminded of what we do have and not focus on what we don’t. I felt encouraged to never give up on my dreams and plans

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  92. Peter Kanayo
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

    I just feel like expressing my inner thoughts in an unknown language.

    In the language of God. For in you I have seen the magic of a fighter.

    Of a brilliant and unstoppable swordsmith.

    A man who defied the laws of man-fed on the dish of perseverance.

    Meandered through life’s difficulty with every bit of equanimity.

    You are a book.

    You are a movie

    You are unstoppable.

    You are a diamond unleashed by heaven to bestrode our colossus.

    You are a gifted born by a gifted.

    You are fire wrapped by whirlwind.

    You are impeccably beautiful.

    You are a maestro.

    You are a dumdum unleashed on planet earth by a creative God.

    You are motivation.

    You are the harbinger.

    The hope child.

    The magic letter.

    The swordsmith.

    I am eternally grateful to my great God for letting you grace planet earth.

    Thank Jon Morrow.
    Thank you God for such purified talent

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  93. Kathy Lum
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

    Jon, You are a star… thank you for giving me the strength and no bullshit encouragement to deal with my own problems and to turn them into an opportunity..

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  94. Claire deLune
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you.

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  95. Karen Cioffi
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

    Jon, congratulations on your new site. Your story is one of inspiration, courage, and perseverance. Thank you for being so generous! I’m going to share this with everyone I know.

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  96. Todd Gray
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

    Thank you Jon, for taking the time to write this awe inspiring lesson in overcoming adversity (something which makes us stronger). You don’t know how many times I’ve actually referred to your “success” when working with clients, who tell me all the obstacles that they face in starting up a blog or a business. Most of which I gleaned over the years from other articles you’ve written. But this one, this is the ultimate in your face, get up off your ass, stop whining and get it done no matter what (!) article.

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  97. Sue Thomas
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

    Thank you Jon. My husband was a quadriplegic for the last 16 years of his amazing life. I say ‘amazing’ because he was the most inspiring person I have ever known and he remained just that way every day of our lives together. I always marveled at his ability to relate to and encourage everyone around him; I constantly found myself wondering how he did it day in and day out and I lived with the guy! That was my privilege and now I continue, hopefully, in his footsteps – so to speak! In a vicarious way, I think I can relate to your story and look forward to following your blog.

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  98. Thinkr8
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

    Thanks Jon, I was wondering about the guy (you) who teaches about successful blogging. And now I know. God Bless.

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  99. Debbie Rebar
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

    Thank you for being raw, real and willing to share your journey. As a long time follower and student, I knew part of the story but having it all laid out as it is here is just more powerful than I can accurately describe. It’s also very timely for me where I am in my life’s journey. And I will not quit either. Only now, I’m feeling a little more vigor for the fight. Stay strong my friend and know that your fight is saving more lives than you own.

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  100. Gary McLaren
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    Thanks Jon.

    You’ve already inspired so many bloggers in their journey, but this new venture, I believe, will inspire a wider audience, and in a much more important way.

    What could be more important than having a courageous, never-give-up, unstoppable attitude to embracing life with all its challenges?

    To come back to your boxing analogy for a moment, you’re every bit as much of a fighter as the greats like Mohammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao, and then some!

    Best wishes with Unstoppable.me. I’ll be following.

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