729 Comments

  1. Sacha
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

    What a wonderful and insightful article, Jon. Exactly the words I’ve needed to hear lately. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. sandra
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    I have sbuscribed because i want to see how this story carries on. Inspirational indeed.

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  3. Alana K. Haase
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:19 pm

    Jon, I am going to be a complete sappy female and say it, ” I LOVE YOU!” You are so inspiring! I have been a nurse for over 25 years. Taking care of people is my HEART not my paycheck so when I was involved in a potentially career ending injury earlier this year the demons of despair and depression have been trying their best to sink their claws into me. NO NO NO! I have a bracelet that says, “you were given this life to live because you are strong enough to live it. NEVER GIVE UP!” So I managed to get my first book published and started a blog! And now that I have time to write, my writing has improved 110% because I took one of your classes! You are an incredible human being and a treasure to everyone who is blessed enough to come in contact with you! Thank you for all you do and share with us all! Let’s throw some more counter punches together! Let me know if you need a private duty nurse! I love Mexico!

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    • Trudy Van Buskirk
      Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

      Alana. I had a debilitating ataxic stroke in 2005 and have always believed that you need to “Get up and get going” as my to-be-published title says. Like Jon I’m unstoppable!

      And thank you for being a nurse for so many years 🙂

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    • Shadrack Ansah Mensah
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 3:58 am

      It is well with your soul. Remain blessed and favoured.

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    • Denise Cole
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 9:41 am

      WOW!!!!

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    • Laura Bee
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 3:08 pm

      A perfect end of the year message in these difficult times. Believe in yourself and Never, Never, Never Give Up! I am forwarding your inspirational story to all my friends.

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    • Edie
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 9:27 pm

      Hi Alana,

      I just wanted to tell you a story about my sister. She has been a nurse for over 40 years. Her physical health has made it very difficult for her to keep up in her profession. She has jumped jobs many times in the past few years, because she can’t handle many of the physical things in nursing. She was feeling like a failure. She finally got a job as a phone triage nurse! It’s the perfect fit! All of her years of experience are making her a fabulous phone nurse, yet she gets to sit at a desk in a comfy ergonomic chair all day which has leveled the playing field for her. You made me think of her! Good Luck and keep up the good work!

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      • Melissa
        Jan 2, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

        How awesome, your sister found her “counterpunch”! I really want to take this article and brand it in my soul, so I can remember his wise words…Thank you, Jon for sharing your wisdom! You are such a fine human being, and your life strategies are so smart, and empowering! I found a quote some time ago that I wrote down on a post-it-note, author unknown, “Create what you want, instead of being stuck in what you didn’t have”.
        You are the perfect example of that, and I really look up to you, and appreciate you sharing your way of etting what you want out of life, one counterpunch at a time. ♡
        Mel

    • Steve Tetreault
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:46 pm

      Jon, I was so moved by your story! My name is Steve Tetreault. I’m 35 years old, I live in Rhode Island, I’m a partner in 2 real estate LLC’s & I too am a quadriplegic! I was born with a rare neuromuscular disorder similar to MD, only not degenerative. At the age of 22, I was a loan officer for a prominent bank. I was leaving a business meeting, on my way to catch a bus I was struck down in my wheelchair by a lady who like you had shitty insurance & I lost my right leg 4 inches above the knee. I live & suffer in constant pain from the accident, but like you, I never gave up! Eight years ago, my ex gave birth to my only son & he keeps me going. I’d love the chance to become friends with you, I never in my life would have thought I could have so much in common with another human being! I’m including my personal email in this reply (in case you don’t get the one I need to leave below in order to post this) my email is [email protected]. I really hope you’ll reach out to me, I have lots of friends, but never feel like they could fully understand me & I think you probably feel the same way. I think we’d be great friends & could help each other. God Bless you for sharing your amazing story with everyone, you’re truly an inspiration to all of us!

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    • Mj
      Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

      Epic, feel every similary, Jon ure a Legend.

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    • Ky Ho
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

      Thank you for sharing your incredible story. I love your writing. And I have applied some of your writing tactics in my writing for Forbes.com.

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    • Jan
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

      Wow! If this doesn’t kick your ass into gear, nothing will. In the 70s, having a framed copy of the poem Desiderata hung on on your wall, was very popular. I’m thinking you could sell framed copies of this post in 2017. These times call for us not to lie down and cry but to stand up and use our Voice to create what we want to see in the world. Inspiring words, indeed. Sending gratitude for your work in the world.

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      • Judy Cullins
        Jan 3, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

        Jan, I’m going to post this for my Facebook biz group–If Jon can write great blogs and books, so can my students and clients! I remember the Desiderata on my office wall. What inspriration! I’ve had numerous set backs myself and don’t even tell the stories much today. I’m standing in my truths-the truths to set authors free so they write outstanding books!

    • Patrice Kelly
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

      Jon,

      There is reason why you are my hero!

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  4. Williesha Morris
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

    I’m so excited to be part of something new with you. Congratulations! (I got to the final stages of a position over at SmartBlogger a few moons ago.)

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  5. Ronald Sier
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

    Jon, you are the most amazing and inspiring guy I have ever “read”. Thank you, thank you, thank you

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  6. Lauretta Zucchetti
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

    Jon, You are such an inspiration to all of us. But I guess you already know that. What you may not know is that with this email you stopped me from doing something crazy, thinking and believing that MY life was, oh, so miserable. Thank you thank you. So many people love you, and now you have one more, me!

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  7. Taylor Sansone
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    Every single time I read through this article I cry. Not because it is so sad that I am unable to contain my sadness but because it is so damn relevant to my life at this moment. So thank you, legitimately this is something I needed to read at this point in my journey. I will not miss another post. I am not as eloquently spoken as you, nor as insightful, but today I am encouraged to not fall into the path that is expected or “reasonable” but to forge the unique path of which I know, deep down I am capable.
    Thank you a million times.

    I will never, ever give up.

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  8. Kimberly Clay
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    Jon,

    I started following you about a year ago, or maybe it hasn’t quite been that long. I recognized from the beginning that you are someone special. I had already become familiar with some of your back-story, and I’m a fan, but what you’ve written here takes the experience you’ve been sharing to a whole ‘nother level. What a gift to give to others. You are freaking Rad Awesome!

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  9. PrTrafficGroup
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

    What a story ! I passed this on to my staff who feel life isn’t fair for them at time

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  10. Nursenita
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    (Cardiovascular Nurse) Your story was so touching; I forward your story to a nurse(Beth) who has awesome skills as a writer but she hasn’t hit her goal yet, but I know this story will provide fuel to her passion which is writing ..

    thanks
    NurseNita

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  11. Trent Arnold
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

    Jon, thanks for sharing your story! I was so inspired, I shared the link with my (adult) children.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts & wish you a Happy New Year!

    Tren

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  12. Ria
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

    Crying by the end of this. Incredible post, Jon. Thank you for the encouragement!! And looking forward to following this new site. Cheers!!

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  13. Gloria Bates
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:37 pm

    I look forward to following you, Jon. Gloria

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  14. Lois
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:42 pm

    I find you amazing every time I read your story. You are a gifted genius who gives to everyone who reads what your write. Thanks for reminding me to never, never, never give up! Your mother is also a gifted genius, I hope she is still hear to be with you.

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  15. MK Ventura Ventura
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

    All I can say is, Wow, this came right on time. Your message spoke right to my heart. You are an earth angel for sure. Great, great, authenticity at its best. Courage is your middle name. You are very very special and thank you. I did not take any of this advice lightly, it is sooo very true and I am going to apply it. Thank YOU!

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  16. Kathryn
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

    Jon, thank you for sharing your story. I will share it in hopes of inspiration to others. Survival, survivor, driven, the plethora of words cannot fully describe the internal drive to keep on keeping on. I look forward to following you. Hugs.

    Cheers and Happy New Year.

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  17. Rune Ellingsen
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

    Dude…
    This was …a moving writeup of “simple genius”.
    So many points you make resonate with struggles, not a surprise, but the way you place the words, the correct ones, in that specific correct order makes your message come through so clear. As you say, if you don’t take action when fallen down, what is the option? Keep lying down? – Not an option for you. And if it were, it would be only a way to wither. It’s not life, it’s a mechanic choice, to just breathe. To live is be here with a passion. You rock so much! I am humbled by you. Your mother is a total badass by the way!!! You deserve all the success you are having and more.
    Kickin’ ass and takin’ names, making a “healthy” person feel bloated. Down to earth here we go. Thank you!

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  18. Dayna
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

    Jon,

    Thanks for sharing your story. It resonates very deeply with me. I have CRPS/RSD, Myofascial Pain Syndrome 24/7 pain no cure and no hope as well as 23 other diagnosed conditions including Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder. I bought the razor blades to end my life last February and having medical training knew how to carry things out. I had a friend step in and I was lucky.

    After reading your article I can truthfully say I will always keep a printed copy nearby for when my mind goes that direction again….to end things…..and I know now your article will forever stop my attempts.

    I am forever grateful to you for sharing your battles and explaining about counter punches too. I’ve always been a fighter my entire life……like you, I have survived so much. Those counter punches you talked about and how they open doors or you find opportunities in them…….with your article you have blown the doors right off for me and my mind is now wide open.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
    Blessings Be Jon………Blessings Be. 🙂

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    • Jules kasem
      Jan 1, 2017 @ 9:11 am

      Blessing to you too dear

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    • Caryn
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

      I too suffer from CRPS/RSD and a myriad of other issues including but not limited to: migraines, myofascial syndrome, cervicalgia, and more. I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant to help me walk and drive, I have had 2 denervations on my neck & 1 on my leg & 3 Prolotherapies on my right ankle all in the last 12 months, then was laid off from my job and then lost my apartment. By the Grace of God and a dear friend I have a roof over my head but not much more than that, so I completely understand where you are coming from! This article was so inspiring & came at the perfect time for me as well! Every day is a battle through the pain but I have every day & will make the most of it, trying to better myself and help others. God Bless You and keep fighting! I intend to and am going to be reading more about this amazing man, he is my inspiration now!

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  19. Dennis
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

    I have never commented on a blog post before… ever.

    But your story is so inspiring and the tenets you outline match my modus operandi 100%.

    Not letting anything hold you back is the only way to live life – wishing you all the best in 2017!

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    • Jason
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

      Dayna and Dennis and countless others…I met Jon in 2002 in an online real estate forum and met him in person without knowing of his disability while he was in college. Man he blew me away then. Blows me away now. I visited him when he was in the hospital when he was in his accident and the man is the bravest person I have ever met. The only guy I ever take a notebook for our meetings. Just wanted to get it all on paper. My take away, the making meaning manifesto. Grateful always Jon for the perspective and glad to be paying it back now. Thanks for everything.

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  20. David Hammond
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

    Thank you, Jon, for this empowering piece. God bless you!

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  21. Peter Brodie
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

    Coincidence? Well, let’s just say I was contemplating how to overcome my permanent discomfort due to my spine collapsing in the two places affected by radiotherapy 40 years ago.

    Next!

    Thanks Jon. Amazing!

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  22. Enock Glidden
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

    Hi Jon I really enjoyed reading this post. I am a paraplegic from Spina Bifida and in recent years have become an adventure seeker. A lot of what you talked about rings true in my life as well but it seemed to resonate more reading it from someone else and with the examples from your life. I started a blog also a couple years ago about my adventures and have been working to try to start a life of adventure and be able to do more. I recently completed an ascent of El Capitan and am working toward skiing up Mt. Rainier. I look forward to reading more from you and hope you might find my blog interesting as well. I would also love some pointers or honest feedback if you have any.

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  23. Chris Ellis
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for another beautiful although sometimes hard to read tickle. You are such a huge inspiration and I love that you turn everything around so you can help us. Dang that is pretty Saint like. Thank you for everything you do.
    XO Chris

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  24. Mark Thompson
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    Jon, totally inspirational. Passed this on to several people.

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  25. Kathy G Lynch
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:56 pm

    THANK YOU JON. for the inspiration to keep going in spite of my pain, for showing me I must have the GUTS to Grab the Urge To Survive no matter how difficult it is.

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  26. Kathy G Lynch
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

    How do I subscribe to your blog after reading your post and not signing up at the pop up?

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  27. Ricky Powell
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

    You completely rock, Jon! I admire your attitude, spirit and unstoppable way of being.
    I just launched a program called, “My Awesome Life Starts Now,” and would love to interview you, (if that’s a possibility). In the meantime, I’ll be sharing this with the group!

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  28. Beat Schindler
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

    Hi Jon,

    You are an inspiration to us all.

    Making the world a better place, a day a time, is the best we can do. Lots of people do just that, which is great, but with your leadership and new blog, many more will be inspired to join or to do more of it. The state the world is in, just what the doctor ordered.

    With thanks for encouraging me in so many ways, I wish you and your blog much success in 2017 and beyond.

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  29. Sam
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

    Very inspiring! Thank you for this! It came at the right time. ❤️

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  30. Allan
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

    Jon,

    I had the privilege to talk to you in your Bootstrapper’s Bootcamp with Johnny B Truant a few years back. It remains to be one of the highlights of my career online.

    I remember mentioning it was around 2 am my time and you said something like “Damn… we better deliver”. And you didn’t disappoint then until now.

    You’re an inspiration to me and I always share your story with my audience. Keep rocking.

    I hope to get a chance to talk to you one day again.

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  31. MELLINA COWAN
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

    YES, JON‼
    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT‼

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  32. Linda Susan Nichols
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

    Thank you for this. have A husband who has COPD and is on Oxygen.this is just one of the health problems he has had over the 40 years we have been together. I love the above story. It was my email at the right time. I have total knee replacement surgery 10-17-2016 had a few hitches in my get along with meds, blood preasure. So today 12-30-2016 they had to go in and make my knee bend. I managing and doing ok. Like I said My husband Has COPD. and gets down i dealt with a lot of the bad addittudes . I am always telling him lesson 7. I tell him where there is a will there is always a way. The story above proves that. Again thank you.

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  33. Barry Dayton
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

    What an amazing story. I knew that you were disabled — and even got the idea from the photos I’d seen that yours was a sort of Steven Hawking story — but the way you’ve lived your life, since you were a child (!) is absolutely inspiring. I’m generally one of those people who thinks “Even on my worst days, my life is a whole lot better than many, many, many people in this world. When I’m feeling sorry for myself, that’s the time I need to remember just how GOOD my life really is.” Thank you for writing this, Jon. You’ve inspired me — at least for today. What a great year-end gift to take into 2017 as a reason to never, never, never give up!!!

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  34. Sanjay Banerjee
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

    Amazing real life..
    Wish you all the best

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  35. Jodi Dills
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 10:45 pm

    Thank you, Jon. I will never, ever give up. I’m making that promise to you.

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    • Max Cantor
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

      Awesome. ,The degree of success you achieve in life is directly proportional to the amount of pain you can tolerate’ Put this on the computer stick note !

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  36. Eric Sparkman
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 12:04 am

    Jon,
    I woke up each morning and pictured what would happen if I didn’t act
    You have really helped put things into perspective, I have taken a few punches and thrown a few counter-punches; but I have never thought of it in such elegant and inspiring terms. Thank you, I want you to know that your pain is helping me ‘judo-throw’ mine into pure unadulterated determination. Thank you again, because I can’t say it enough; “NEVER GIVE UP!”.

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  37. Christopher Makomere
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 12:47 am

    I didn’t know how lucky I was until I read this.

    Jon, you’re heaven sent.

    My key take away, ‘If you can’t win the game, change the rules’ and Never ever give up! Once I become a millionaire, I’ll come to meet you because I owe it all to you.

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  38. Michael
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:10 am

    You are without a doubt the biggest inspiration to anyone out there including me.Ive always wanted to write for outdoors magazine’s ! Now I’m definitely going to do it.Any input or criticism for a beginner is welcomed.

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  39. Ted Dahmus
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:14 am

    Jon-
    Thank you for this read, wow.

    Thank you

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  40. Pat
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:25 am

    Jon, Just the push I needed to jump in feet first and go for it. A challenge I want to tackle, but needed a big nudge. You are the nudge and and the inspiration that will help propel me forward. Thank you big time for sharing all these insights. I’m off and running. If I score this one, I will let you know!

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  41. Angela Tahara
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:27 am

    Jon

    I so needed you in my life right now. What a blessing. As with many others here, a lifetime of chronic pain that never ends and no cure. With that, emotional criminal traumas of the past that play in my head when I least expect it and a new one this year. I am a sweet kind person and I often ask what did I do in my past life to deserve all of this and is there a purpose for me in my life. This year was the hardest keeping my head above water and I look for books on inspiration and the authors think that divorce or a death is a trauma. They don’t know what trauma is. Like you said, being beaten up every day. You have given me something concrete and valuable to think about and focus on. My work is not useless and neither am I. Thank you, hun. You are wonderful. Angela Tahara

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    • Rob Sam
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 12:45 am

      Thanks a lot, Jon, You are an Inspiration to many and me too as to Angela Tahara.
      Angela, it is not your past life nor your fault for suffering , as you are .
      Press on your life and Trust in GOD and keep hoping for the best.GOD bless Jopn and Angela and others out htere going through pain.
      Love you all and GOD loves you. ROb.

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  42. Heather Hancock
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:49 am

    Jon,

    I can relate on so many levels. Each and every point is true and I’ve lived it and am living it myself. My circumstances are very different, born 48 yrs ago at 25 weeks gestation, Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, Post Impairment Syndrome, failed surgeries, chronic severe and ever increasing pain.

    My motto is: Onwards…Regardless!

    I’ll leave my business website, there’s a video there you can watch, if you wish.

    As you know, you’re not alone…we’re all on this journey. It just varies in its degrees and some of us have been in the refiner’s fire for our entire lives. Once the refiner takes us out…well, it’s all silver and gold.

    Just saying. 🙂

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  43. Priti Visaji
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:12 am

    Jon you were truly inspiring .
    Thanks.

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  44. Darwin
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:45 am

    Just perfect , Disember 2016 will mark the worst time of my life
    Great Read , really opened my eyes and i feel wonderful after quite sometime

    Thanks mate
    Wish you Merry Xmas and Happy New Year .. Happy Holidays

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  45. Alex van Oostveen
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 3:21 am

    Thank you. You are an inspiration!

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  46. Tariq Ziyad
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 3:40 am

    Thank you Jon, truly inspiring words

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  47. Darcy
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 3:55 am

    WOW. SIMPLY WOW. That’s what I thought when giving this article a read over. So much to learn and it made me think “if this guy can do it, then anyone can do it.” Shared! And never give up!

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  48. Mark Hamade
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 4:01 am

    Never Ever Give Up

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  49. Cararta
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 4:39 am

    Reading this on the day before you make those Resolutions for Next Year.
    Have a goal that I’ve been working on…just about decided to Give Up and dig a hole somewhere else to hide in.
    NOT.
    Never, Never, Never give up.
    Find another Counter Punch.
    Begin today, don’t wait for 1-1-2017.  
    Inspiring? Yes.

    “But that doesn’t work. You must plant the seed inside yourself and nurture it.” ~me.

    Thank you Jon.

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  50. Mickey Nilsen
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 6:00 am

    You saved my life tonight. 6 years of debilitating intractable, SPREADING nerve pain that is killing me bit by bit. You got to me. Never, never, never, give up. Thank you.

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  51. Judy
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 6:56 am

    What a great story and at such a fitting time for me in my journey. You are a true inspiration as many have posted already.

    When I was young I was called stubborn and then I learned the word tenacious. I prefer to think of myself as tenacious. The word just sound nicer to me. You are definitely tenacious and amazing.

    I just found your work about a month ago and love reading your articles. Such an inspiration to me as a writer. Thank you so much for sharing your courage with the world.

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  52. Diane Matthews
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 6:58 am

    Jon, It’s New Year’s Eve here in Australia. I’ve had a crap few years culminating in my having to cut my son loose after fruitless attempts to get him to see how his father has been emotionally abusing him and turning him against me. Birthdays and other special occasions are painful instead of joyous because my son has turned against me and doesn’t visit me and everything twisted to be my fault.

    I’ve been annoyed with myself because I am a fighter and usually comeback like a raging bull using the actions of the aggressor to catapult myself to success. Why couldn’t I this time? I’d feebily made up my mind that at the stroke of midnight this was going to end and I was going to let my son go and I was going to use this situation to make a success of myself in the areas that I have chosen and nothing was going to stop it – I would have tunnel vision to get the success I was after. But somehow the stubborn resolve still was here.

    Then I read your story – what have I got to whinge about? I’m not the first or last mother to be in my position. Thanks for the kick up the butt. Happy New Year!

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  53. andrew akindele
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 7:31 am

    thanks for the inspiration , i was feeling sorry for myself , since i am stuck in a wheelchair , with MS . Trying to come put with themes for the new year, and goals for the new year, your story gives me inspiration and ideas . I will read over and over whenever i am depressed , thank you thank you thank you . Next step , trying to become Facebook friends with you and subscribe to your blog, and then pick your brains about voice recognition technology . Thanks again

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    • James A Griffin
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      Andrew, just read Jon’s truly incredible and inspiring post. Noted your interest in voice recognition technology in your reply. I’m certainly not an expert but I have been using Dragon technology from Nuance now for the last five years. With the software I have written and published two full-length (140,000 word plus) novels. Just thought you might want to give the software a try for speech recognition.

      I wish you all the luck and a happy new year! By the way this note was written with Dragon.

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  54. Mary E. Ulrich
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    Hi Jon, inspiring story and solid advice. Can’t wait to read your next post. And as always, I thank you for acknowledging the love of mothers.

    This year Aaron, my son with autism, was abused and neglected by his “caregivers”. I raised hell, screamed and shouted but it was hopeless. Because of funding… we were “paralyzed by fear”, “punched in the face” again and again. Like you, I had nightmares about what would happen if we DIDN’T do something crazy. So, in order to be close to his brother (and future guardian) we gave up our son’s Medicaid in OH (doesn’t transfer states) and are in the process of moving where he had NO Benefits, long waiting lists, and poor adult services. And then the miracles started to happen. We found advocates to help us. Aaron moved into a new place Nov. 14th. He became a resident of the state and got Medicaid. He is in a MUCH BETTER situation. Yesterday we sold our house in OH and are moving ASAP so we can be close to Aaron and his brother. Aaron’s living situation is only temporary–another risk we had to take, but as you said that is how courage works. We faced our monsters, we took action–actually crazy-crazy action. Now our family has a future, shaky right now, but we’re out of the quicksand, at least for today. We don’t know how everything will work out, we’re scared as hell. But we took the counter-punch. We took action.

    Thanks for sharing your story, leading by example, and helping us “Embrace the Crazy.”

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  55. Nancy Darling Handler
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 9:41 am

    Dear Jon,
    You are very inspiring. Although I am not in a wheelchair (yet) I am pretty old (78) and dealing with an autoimmune disease nobody every heard of and it keeps me on low energy and high maintenance although I’m sure your maintenance is much higher.
    I have lots of fears around money and how to support myself now. I have been a reluctant real estate agent for years and I also am a good artist-painter. For the last 2 years I have done little real estate due to resistance and also my health issues.
    I need to ramp up my real estate biz to pay bills, pay off credit cards, etc while building my art biz or some other business (passive income would be nice.) I’m also a pretty good writer but not sure how to make money with that. I’m going to read this post of yours every day for a while and hopefully more posts from your blog.
    Thank you so much!
    Nancy Darling

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  56. Tommy Brown
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    Last day of this year and here I am typing this crap. Glad to meet ya sort of that is, read your stuff. I too am like all these other losers. Hurting, needing to yell out at the frigging world. But mainly at those that have given up on me and called me lazy, when I knew in my heart I wasn’t. I finally had my open heart surgery from those 2 heart attacks that no one knew I had. Only time now and my cardio rehab for the next 3 months will determine what my next move will be. Even joining the zipper club has given me absolutely no satisfaction at all yet. I say in my heart hundreds of times a day, “I told you so” it don’t help at all. I need to punch something. Talk later I presume, or why even type a word, right? L8R Dude.

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  57. Jihane Guettar
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    Thank you for never giving up and being a beautiful and kind human being to share your story and inspire people. And all my respect to your rocking and amazing mother.
    Wishing you a blessed and healthy new year.

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  58. Steven Hughes
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    Powerful. Thanks for sharing your experience and journey Jon.

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  59. Rotr. Sadiku Jamiu Abiola
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    You are really a wonderful creation of God. You are so inspiring and amazing being. You are really a role model. Am much grateful for your word of inspiration and encouragement.

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  60. Betty
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    Jonathon, I just read your article 12-30-16. I know you probably don’t remember us. I held you in the nursery at Grace Covenant and you went to school with our youngest daughter, Amanda. Thank you for the inspiration! My husband, Gary was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer metastasis to his bones in 2000. He was only 48. They told us to do what we wanted because he would be gone in 6-12 months. There was nothing to be done for him. He is still here. We have struggled and are surviving cancer, cardiac death, respiratory arrest, bone tumors, bone breaks, pneumonia, diabetes, Charcot syndrome……. we are so very tired. We have not given up. We are weary from the ‘punches’ and pain in this journey. We are not giving up. We have become dependent on Medicare and pay for a supplement. You have inspired me. I hope Gary will read as take your article to heart. He is very smart and educated, thinks outside the box. Any consul would be appreciated. God bless you.

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  61. Steve
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    You Sir are an inspiration, Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. We are all able to do so much more.

    Thank you again, Im Unstoppable!

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  62. Wayne Olson
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

    Jon~
    The tenacity in your soul with which you live your life every day, is astounding. The message you gave me is, “how utterly ridiculous it is that I have not already accomplished my goals.” You have managed to kick me solidly in the butt……bet you didn’t know your right foot could do that, did you Jon?…….well, it just did.

    Your “Unstoppable” mindset you so graciously give us through the 7 lessons, is behind the tenacity. I see “Unstoppable” as a template for me to use to make a complete change in my own pursuits…….no longer will I allow anything stop me.

    Thank you Jon for sharing your amazing story. And yes, I have shared it twice.

    Wayne

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  63. Ross Lasley
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    John,

    Hard to even find the words to say thank you – I have neuropathy from the waist down and transitioned into a wheelchair about a month ago.

    This is beyond fucking awesome. Love the bits about your Mom, you absolutely just paid it forward.

    Thank you for helping me.

    big love,
    Ross

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  64. Frannie Thorburn-Polo
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    Thank you Jon for sharing such an inspiring message. What a wonderful New Years message. You are an amazing writer, and I really appreciate your insight and unstoppable attitude to life. I am excited to read more of your new blog site – Unstoppable. Happy New Year to you and all the best.

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  65. Edward Faulds
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    Thank you Jon! Inspiring to say the least, I was involved in an auto accident and a T3 para who volunteers my time at a local Fire Dept. Have always wanted to learn coding so I could write an ap for fire departments to use. I am encouraged by your story to say the least. I to have a no quit attitude and hope to someday become independently self supporting as I can relate to all the medicare and ssi restrictions put on those of us who can contribute and want to work!

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  66. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

    All I can say is Wow, Jon! You are a true inspiration and this post has grabbed the deepest parts of my soul. I can feel your true grit and determination, which reminds me where those powerful forces are located within myself. Keep shining your bright light!

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  67. John Ruman
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    Amazing, Jon. Thank you for your positive perspective and for what you add to the world. Your story and input is helping me to be a more true version of myself and I appreciate that more than you know. Blessings to you in 2017 and may it be the best year yet!

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  68. William
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

    That’s a motivational post! You are not just a man, you are “the man!” I will continue reading your posts and share your stories.

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  69. Wayne Morrison
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

    Jon,

    Thank You.

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  70. Lorna Kring
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

    I can testify to the efficacy of 2, 4, 5, and 7. These were the tactics I employed decades ago to give up a hard core addiction.

    I didn’t have a Mother telling me to never give up. But I was a Mother who wouldn’t give up on sobriety for my son’s sake. Using the image of the future pain he would have to endure if I didn’t get my shit together gave me the courage to change.

    Not for the faint-hearted, but a great motivator nonetheless.

    Awesome post Jon, thank you.

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  71. Margi
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 5:07 pm

    Great New Year’s Day launch I love it. Your writing style is truthful, funny , insightful and wise helpful information. Thank you thank you you truly are unstoppable

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  72. Victor Courville
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

    Great Post! You really give a great inspiration to all of us. There many people that just want to give up, but you have strived and keep going. I hope everyone could take advice from you with your writings. Thanks!

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  73. Irene Speer
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

    You are very motivating, just what I needed for 2017.

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  74. T
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Your lessons and the time it took to share them are much appreciated.

    Happy New Year 2017!

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  75. Freda Loveridge
    Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:15 pm

    Jon, here in the UK it’s 4am on the first day of 2017. Earlier on New Year’s Eve, I was feeling miserable and helpless. My life is full of problems all of which seemed insurmountable. Instead of going out to a New Year’s party at a friend’s house with my family, I decided I was going to stay at home and wallow in my own misery. While idly clicking on forums, I found a link to your blog. I read this page over several times then put on my glad rags and arrived at the party in time to ring in the New Year. Stayed dancing until 3am.

    Your words, your attitude, your wisdom are inspiring and humbling. I’m going to take in your life lessons and put them into action. I am so glad I found you, I can’t thank you enough. Wishing you joy and success in all you do.

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  76. Darri-Lynn Smyser
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:10 am

    Jon, Thank you so much for so deeply conveying the roller coaster aspects of your life. Your sincerity and openess are a true rareity in this world that I see anyway. I REALLY NEEDED to see and hear your thoughtful and kind words to realize I TOO am a STRONG person who struggles with severe pain, nausea, weight loss ESRD.and matters pertaining to all that but I am TRULY BLESSED to have a HOME TWO LOVING cats”MY BOYS” who keep me company a nice aid and a special couple friends in my life .God Bless you for Sharing your story and blessing others…DLS

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  77. Okungbowa osaretin
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:26 am

    Hi Hon, thanks a lot for sharing your story. I am currently on a retreat where I am also preparing for my doctoral exams. There is no better time to read such an inspiring article. I will never, never, never give up. undoubtedly, I have some crazy experiences lately in my finances, health and marriage that almost got the better off me. I became depressed and at some time contemplated suicide. But my faith in God is restored and I am determine to give those unpleasant situations a counterpunch. Please I would be glad to always get across to you. I love you.

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  78. Mitra Shahidi
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 4:06 am

    Hi Jon, Thank you so much for sharing your life story with us. You are admirable, and a source of inspiration to many. That is all I can say.
    As for the strenght and courage I can really relate to what you explained in this article.
    Courage can be praised from distance but the nature of courage can be found only through experiences of our lives. Occasionally it has to be reached through adversity and struggle, sometimes it is achieved by acute physical accomplishment. But often courage takes on meaning when we go through deep suffering, when we experience the loss of someone or something that seemed essential and eternal to us. And our faith in life, in ourselves hits the line. We lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, our health, and our sense of continuity with life. We start staggering, screaming, crying. We become depressed, gloomy, despondent, or withdraw. And then days, weeks, years later we move from that outraged place. We move onwards, inwards. May be not in an easy or a certain way, but somehow we find a way to deal with it. We accept whatever it is. We accept the truth of that grief within ourselves. We accept the truth of that pain and loss with consent and compassion. The circumstances that are causing us grief don’t change when we begin to face them, but our guiding sense of how we can relate and connect to life will change.
    Thank you again for your share, and GOD Bless your brave heart my friend.

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  79. Ethan Coen
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 4:57 am

    Back to 1994, I was mesmerized by watching the film Forrest Gump- a memoir by Tom Hanks. I never imagine it would happen again-today amazed by unstoppable Jon Morrow. Jon-I`ll be waiting if you ever write a full novel. You are a gifted writer.

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  80. Shamaila Zahid
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 6:17 am

    This is the best article I have ever read about not giving up and turning your losses to gains. Jon, you are so brave, smart and a lot more! I can’t thank you enough for penning down such precious words.

    I hope to use this article to help me stay on course and to keep going even when it seems hard to continue. So, from all of us, thank you for not giving up!

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  81. Cherlyn
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 7:54 am

    Holy shit Jon.

    As a transformational coach and artist who prides herself as inspirational, this completely floored me.

    I’ve known about you from your Copyblogger days, but I’ve never truly connected with you because I was off on my own drawing cartoons and trying to heal heartbreaks. I’m actually ashamed that I didn’t follow you earlier.. maybe I might have been more inspired in 2016 to just take on more crazy.

    This is hands down the best article I’ve ever read on life.. beating even Mark Manson’s stuff. I love that guy, but how many able-bodied people have we heard inspirational speeches from already?

    Because you are you, your words just resonate on a whole different level.

    I’m embracing the crazy, I’m going to transform the world with cartoons, and every single time I think I can’t do it, I’m going to refer back to your article here to give myself the kick I need.

    Thank you.

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  82. Jacqui
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:31 am

    Thank you so much Jon.

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  83. Dave c
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:44 am

    Hi John. Great article. I am the 3.5 years past a spinal cord injury. The night of the accident, I can move nothing from the neck down. The next night, was much worse as I started to realize what I had done, I remembered a speech that Terry Bradshaw Had given a few years ago at a product launch meeting I was attending. Most of what he said was forgettable, one line was unforgettable (although I never expected that it would apply to me personally) …” your worst day alive is better than your best day dead.”

    I told myself that night this was going to be my worst night ever and every day afterwards was going to get a bit better. And it has .. sometimes just a very little bit at a time. However, I can now walk a few steps in crutches, use both arms and my left hand and get myself in/out of bed. It’s not my old life but it’s a new one that I’m getting used to and improving every day.

    Thank you so much for your ideas as there are several which will help me continue to get a little bit better every day. Enjoy Mexico!

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  84. Mark Stafford
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 9:41 am

    Life through me a huge curve ball about 1 week ago, but I will never give up.

    Thanks for sharing and giving me more inspiration to reach down deep into myself and persevere.

    Thanks Jon!

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  85. David Alexander Jones
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 10:09 am

    Brilliantly inspiring, superlative writing! Keep up the fantastic work Jon, this has started my year off very nicely!

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  86. Jerry
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 10:51 am

    Skin in the game… Having lived all this myself, i can add a few missing points and different perspectives. Having broken my neck as a middle aged person, life had already implanted a bunch of features taken for granted. Dare I saw he had the benefit of ONLY knowing this lifestyle from day one. During the early years of my confusion of how to work thru my own physical death, while trying to use others as reference points, this became a clear disadvantage to me…old habit are tough to break.
    So much of what he says about the BS (govt backed and propagated) US healthcare is true, they want to own you, rip you off and use you for their own benefits…dare I say barely help you. I changed the rule also, fired them, used the open market and avoid ALL of their products and services (Only believe in trauma care (short version)) since 2001. My out of pocket expenses working on my health is FAR less than a US health insurance plan. While I did not leave the country, I also do not need as much care as he.
    Another feature and distraction is succeeding in my recovery. Although the ‘professionals’ told me I wouldn’t walk again, I am the most successful recovered quadriplegic in the world (till proven otherwise), again without their help. When I first broke my neck, I was told that people with ‘complete’ injuries (no chance for recovery…severed spinal cords as opposed to just damaged) mentally recover quicker because they mourn their lose, adapt and then move on. I have had the HUGE distraction of making progress. This takes away much effort of what is normal in the US as far as ‘making a living’ goes. When trying to recover and you start to clear hurdles (take the punches), you continue fighting the fight. The more progress the more fighting. After time the hurdles become smaller and not noticeable to others but they are still there and this small sense of victory takes time out of your life and away from making a living. Recovery and returning to normal (which will never be even if only from mental perspective) has become the daily goal and not the amount of income. But…you do learn to adapt and still working on the book… Keep you eyes open for “Talk the Walk” (80% complete…any literary agents out there?)

    “You live for the fight when that’s all that you’ve got” Bon Jovi

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    • Jerry
      Jan 1, 2017 @ 10:59 am

      Sorry, posted this elsewhere first and that’s why ‘he’ was used instead of Jon…

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  87. Mary Lou Fritz
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    God Bless you Jon. Thank you for this gift.

    Jon, your mother, an amazing woman. I can only imagine the pain she endured as her incredible love and strength passed through her to you, to save you. I am still overwhelmed with emotion, knowing her love for you. God Bless her.
    thank you again for your words, I will for sure be “carrying this with me”.

    Mary Lou
    – blessed to be a mom through adoption.

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  88. Patrick Williams
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:10 am

    Jerry,

    Great story! I will pass it on. When I learn of people like you who have defied the odds to become a success, it just shows me that success is possible for anyone. Yes, there may be challenges and obstacles, but put in the work and it works! Good luck! I will follow and spread your wisdom. Have a great 2017!

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    • Jerry
      Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

      Thanks!!!

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  89. K Clancy
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    Jon, last night (New Year’s Eve) my sister asked me what my New Year resolution would be, I told her I planned on thinking about it today. Today, I woke up, got my cofffee, and opened my iPad to look at my emails. The first one I opened was Laurel Bern’s with the link to here, your first post. What a message to start off 2017 with! I thank Laurel for introducing me to you, it’s wonderful to meet you! and I thank you for inspiring me and helping me to decide what my resolution will be. I will appreciate each day of life, I will try to deal with my fears the way you just taught me. I managed to get through your post without crying until you said “you’re still breathing my friend”, then the tears welled in my eyes. It’s true… as long as we’re alive, there’s hope. God Bless you, I believe God is so very pleased with what you’ve done with your life, not your financial success, but your amazing spirit. Thank you Jon, for being here for me today. I’ll never, ever give up.
    Sending love to you and your readers, Kimberly Clancy.

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  90. Una Rose
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

    This is truly inspiring and commendable. We need more people like you in the world and in charge!

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  91. Virginia M. Burnett
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Hi! I am so lucky to have found this article. It has helped me deal with some personal situations I’m going through. And I really needed that today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    I think you would get along well with Father Luis de Moya, http://opusdei.us/en-us/article/life-is-worth-living/.
    Everything you do and think can be elevated to a transcendental level if you complement it with the spiritual dimension. You have the ability to do it!

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  92. At Rivercrest Cottage
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    So many have already left comments that it seems so redundant, but here’s mine anyway Jon. On my blog today, Jan 1st, I put a link to this post and then texted my grown kids to read it. I truly feel this post of yours will change so many lives! In 1991, while skidding into an unavoidable car crash and knowing my two daughters and I were going to die, time slowed down to nothing and I learned in those moments that the only thing important in life is love…My overwhelming regret during those moments was that I had lived my life for everyone but myself and I would never have a chance to change that. The idea that ending a 20-year ugly marriage would result in bankruptcy and embarassment for my children seemed so stupid I could hardly believe I had wasted my life in such a miserable way…and in that moment, the cars collided. My car was totaled, I couldn’t open the drivers door and had to climb out the passengers side. But both daughters stood unhurt except for a few bangs and bruises and I only bumped my head hard. I have never been so happy as that day standing there with our new life before us. That was my counterpunch and I did not waste it.

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  93. Miriam Kresh
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    Jon of the huge courage, burning spirit and golden heart, thank you.

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  94. At Rivercrest Cottage
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:44 pm

    Jon, posted a link today to this post on my blog. So many comments on here already I feel redundant in adding mine. But feel compelled to add my thanks and hope someday to meet you.

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    • At Rivercrest Cottage
      Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

      Sorry for second comment, but when I posted the first it said it didn’t go through!

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  95. Akansha
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:45 pm

    You are amazing Jon! The world actually needs more people like you. You personify courage and hope. Inspite of so many trials and tribulations in life, you have managed to switch on the best in you. You not only have inspired yourself but others too- this is such a rare combination. Its so easy for people to give up, situations sometimes enervate us to the extent that we start feeling like a perpetual failure. It is so, so important to keep the show going. Life will keep throwing lemons at us, it is upto us to harness the sourness into a delicious drink or a salad. We cannot let it sour and dampen our spirits and hopes. Your blog reflects the essence of life. Thankyou for enlightening us with the true meaning of life.

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  96. Ibrahim
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

    Dear Jon,

    As I am reading this I am going through the worst period of my life. I am ashamed to even compare my experiences to yours. I was very well until about two months ago. I work with software all the time and I had a sort of injury in my arm because of sitting in wrong postures for long periods of time. I got saw depressed and afraid of it that I went into a state of hyperventilation thinking I was having a heart attack. Since that day I am living in fear every single day for no good reason. I have done all kinds of physical checks and the doctors say I am very healthy person physically and there is nothing wrong with me at all. But since that day all I can think of is death, heart attacks, diseases, accidents and kinds of nasty things in life.

    I am still going through this as I am writing this and I feel like I am living my last days. I have a great family supporting me and great friends but I still can’t get over it. Fear is surrounding me.

    I read your story and felt humbled by it, yet I still can’t imagine my self back in normal life again.

    All I can say for now, is thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this and showing me how silly the things I am going through are compared to yours.

    Wish you the best,
    Ibrahim

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    • Max
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

      Ibrahim… did your doctors point out the possibility that you had a panic attack? Very treatable but not from a medical doc. Sounds like you need support.

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      • Ibrahim
        Jan 3, 2017 @ 4:35 am

        Unfortunately I was surrounded by incompetent doctors who didn’t realize what’s happening until I found a good doctor by coincidence who pointed out that all my weird symptoms are a result of fear and anxiety.
        After that they gave my some Diazapem ( a form of Valium ) for only a few days and delayed the therapy thinking I am fine.
        Overall I think the doctors gave me more pain because they didn’t understand the urgency of my situation and how it can develop so quickly into forms of anxiety disorder or depression.
        Now I am undergoing therapy which I am not finding to be that helpful and I am back on medication.

        That’s the downside of living alone as an expat in a completely new country and environment. People can’t relate to your problems and think for you the same as they think for the locals.

        Thank you for caring to reply to my comment and caring.

      • Max
        Jan 7, 2017 @ 11:53 am

        You are very welcome. I have been there. In a place where the doctors are clueless and I continued to suffer. It can be really terrifying actually. You sound like a very intelligent and strong person. I wish you a pathway to peace and a path that cares for your nerves and heart.

    • Jo
      Jan 3, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

      Hi Ibrahim, Please read Self Help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes. It will explain what is happening to you and how to desensitise yourself. It is in very plain easy to understand language. Best wishes. Jo

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      • Ibrahim
        Jan 4, 2017 @ 5:48 am

        Dear Jo,
        Thank you for the reference. I must say that during this period I tend to interpret anything I read in very weird ways.
        So does the book help you on the healing path because I don’t want to get over-stressed or afraid when I read something and I interpret it the wrong way and I start getting all kinds of wrong ideas and more fears.
        Also are you recommending it based on personal experience or because it helped someone whom you already know ?
        kindest regards,
        Ibrahim

      • Ibrahim
        Jan 18, 2017 @ 3:05 am

        Thank you Max for your sincere feelings. I was able to pinpoint and find all my problems. I feel I am on a heeling path now. Again thank you for the kind words.

  97. Agboyinu Friday
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

    I love this.. It inspired me.. I keep saying to myself, I will never ever give up

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    • Jo
      Jan 4, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

      Hi again Ibrahim,

      I am recommending it based on personal experience. When your nervous system is stressed it can cause all sorts of symptoms like the ones you are describing. I too thought I was having a heart attack and was going to die plus many other symptoms such as breathlessness and worrying thoughts. The doctors didn’t help, in fact they kind of made me worse and panic more. By luck I had this book on my bookshelf that I had purchased years before at a secondhand book shop. It explained perfectly what was happening and how to heal. I did also have therapy and took medication but the simple things in this book was what helped me the most. You can get better. There are many paths to healing and you may need to combine a few but I know this book will help you. Please give it a try. Jo

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      • Ibrahim
        Jan 18, 2017 @ 3:18 am

        Hi Jo,
        I thank you from the bottom of my heart for referring me to this amazing book. I read only the first 3 chapters and I already feel that I have made it half way through. I already feel good and I have a very good understanding of what have happened and what might happen.
        This book truly helped more than any doctor or pill because it answered all the questions that were going through my head.
        Wish you the best in life, Ibrahim.

  98. Kevin Field
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    Jon

    Positivity above all else, in that you accept and then move on and that something positive can come from anything as long as you persevere, is a valuable lesson for all.

    As a Brit I’m a fan of Churchill’s speeches and thought it superb that your mother used it as support for you. I find the actual speech inspiring… (and I’m sure you are aware of it).

    Whilst many across Europe and perhaps the world thought that Britain was done for during the second world war, and we quite easily could have been if we hadn’t taken chances and persevered, and yet we pushed on through.

    This taken from Winston Churchill’s (pre Sir) speech to his old school in 1941 on October 29th and 10 months into the war… You’ll spot the never never quote within.

    “But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period—I am addressing myself to the School—surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.

    Very different is the mood today. Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate. But instead our country stood in the gap. There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.”

    Keep on inspiring sir.

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  99. Sam
    Jan 1, 2017 @ 7:44 pm

    Regarding Lesson 6, I would recommend you one book, “The China Study” by Dr. T Colin Campbell. This book was life changing for me. Maybe it might help you in some way as well.

    Thank you for this amazing blog.

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  100. Ed Troxell
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 1:35 am

    Wow! Simply, wow! The way you wrote this post kept me scrolling for more. The fact you were so open about everything is truly inspiring.

    I loved the punch and counter punch examples. It’s so true that we need to be grateful for what we have and never give up.

    When you talked about the pain and it just making us stronger I thought back to my dads stroke.

    3 days before turning 21 on Christmas Day it happened. Left him in a coma and weeks later we he came back to me. His right side was paralyzed and his speech was impaired. His mind was sharp as a rock though.

    The pain and struggle I went through to keep him motivated and fighting to hold on was hard. I knew I had to keep fighting though otherwise if I didn’t fight I would lose him. Needless to say I became an adult real quick.

    12 years later, I can proudly say we made it through it! My dad is still doing what he can to keep going because he knows I won’t let him stop. 😉

    Thank you for this post!

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