633 Comments

  1. JaDeene
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 2:34 am

    So glad I literally stumbled upon this post. It could not have found me at a better time.

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  2. Monica Subai
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 2:42 am

    Hi Unstoppable! I absolutely loved reading your uplifting message. Also, I’m a bit ashamed for being grumpy when things don’t go the way I want them. What an inspiration you are. Thanks so much.

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  3. Mary Sly
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 3:37 am

    Thanks. I needed this kick in the pants, Jon.

    In the past I’ve worked with one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who came to the US as a refugee not having ever seen a light switch or an indoor toilet much less a microwave. He graduated with honors and is now pursuing his doctorate.

    On more than one occasion, I used the example of the pure hell that he experienced while walking 1000 miles to a refugee camp after seeing his parents murdered in front of him. On his way to the camp, he saw friends drown crossing rivers, friends attacked by wild animals and killed, and friends who just plain gave up, lay down and died. I’ve used the example of his survival when my own sons complained about a car problem or a shirt that doesn’t fit anymore and no clean clothes because they forgot to do the wash.

    But as time has passed, I’ve slipped into giving up. And I don’t like that about myself. I’ve outlived the age that my parents were when they died and I always feel like I’m living on borrowed time BUT that despair has led me to waste that very time I’ve been graced with.

    I have bookmarked your page and will continue to read your writing. As it is turning out, your move to Mexico may very well be a lifesaver because funding for the government programs that you relied on are currently on the chopping block come January 20th. Carry on, Jon!

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  4. Brian Burkard
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:04 am

    Jon thanks so much for sharing your story of courage and inspiration. So many people let fear stop them, yet you used it as a motivator to take action and to create a an amazing lifestyle. Thanks for inspiring us all!!!

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    • Geetha
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

      I read your story Jon! You have inspired me more than anyone else. You ‘ve made me understand I can win the situation I am in n it’s just in my hand. Counter punch. I really loved it…

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      • Stephanie
        Jan 5, 2017 @ 8:08 pm

        Today you’ve changed my life and made me a believer. Thank you.

    • jeannine
      Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me . May God bless you.

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      • Laura
        Jan 5, 2017 @ 10:27 am

        Thanks for the wonderful read. I was lying on my bed thinking hard about how much I want to improve my life and how I can turn dreadful personal pain into a future success. I am far from rich, I have NO family support and I am bored. Then your article came up. Stop being unstoppable……

    • Jeffrey Pupo
      Jan 4, 2017 @ 11:26 pm

      John your story is beyond the impossible. You have provided a true life story to help me with my quest of greatness in my special needs son. You’ve taken life and amplified it immensely…thank you for the permanence of your story

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    • Kenny Roman
      Jan 5, 2017 @ 11:24 am

      One of the best inspirational articles I have ever read. Jon, words can not explain how I feel now after reading your article. You have really opened my eyes and belive it or not, you actaully taught me how to understand life better when life throws you a punch, i personally grew up alone, mother abandoned me at age 1 my father was nearly taken from me at age 1(he is still alive thank god, but he is not the same due to two gunshots to the head) in other words i had no one to teach me how to survive. I face my demons day by day, I feel terrible for not doing what I have to do. But after reading this. Im in shock. I notice the person I was. Comparing my life to yours, you had it REALLY ROUGH, and long story short, I Have alot of counter-punching to catch up to! I do understand your lessons well and every lesson I read i can relate to in a way, so by saying all this. I really appreciate your help. Yes you helped me. Thank you!
      I’ll Never Never Give Up!!!

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    • Brenr Clark
      Jan 5, 2017 @ 11:39 pm

      Fantastic. Love your work man. Disability worker Brent.

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  5. Krisztian Bellak
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 5:57 am

    Jon I don’t know what to say! I did not read anything so inspiring like this blog before! I thank you for this lessons!

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  6. Mary
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:31 am

    I don’t know how to tell you how inspiring your write-up is to me, Despite all you have been through, you’ve been able to remain positive and surmount it. This just reinforces my belief that everyone and every problem serves a purpose. God bless you and continue to strengthen you.

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  7. Motunrayo
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:57 am

    How wonder to read such a write-up am awed. The Lord is your strength Jon and you have been a source of blessing to many. I will never ever give up no matter what the time brings.

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  8. Safietou Seck
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:14 am

    This is my Christmas gift!!! Thank you John!!!
    Senegal/ West-Africa

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  9. Tej
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:37 am

    This really shows how committed you are in believing in yourself. This really inspired me. This year nothing is gonna stop me for achieving my dreams. I’m a go getter!

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  10. Raja krishnamoorthy
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:38 am

    Jon, thank you so much- for holding my collar & shaking me up. With everything going right in life for me, I have not done a few things that I have been wishing/ wanting/ hoping but not doing so far. I am punching that “resistance” in its face and will get cracking!
    Thanks for the wake up call!
    Raja

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  11. Leonardo Cannone
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:49 am

    Thank you.

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  12. Corrine Casanova
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:59 am

    Jon,
    Wow. Just wow. Not only is your life story incredibly inspiring, you’ve certainly found your calling as a writer. A friend passed your story along to me and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t wait to share it with the world. I read it once and will continue to reread it as the wisdom you share is really profound. Thank you! Your message couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time!

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  13. Connie
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

    You are amazing!! I have sent this blog to everyone I know!! Thank you so much!!!

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  14. Ken Christian
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    Jon, you are some writer. You are some man. You deliver. My hat’s off to you.

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  15. Rob Kornblum
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    Jon- You are the living embodiment of the Tony Robbins quote, “Life doesn’t happen to us, it happens for us.” Thanks for sharing more of your story and for starting a new side gig blog. All the best. Rob

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  16. Noah St. John
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

    Thank you Jon for this inspirational article and your amazing story. You have inspired me beyond words!

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  17. Lux G.
    Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

    I had to swallow a small lump in my throat every now and then, but then I smiled a lot and by the end of the article, I’m more pumped up for the new year. Thank you, Jon. You are an inspiration, not only to bloggers who want to increase their influence but to everyone who struggles.

    I have learned more than blogging from you in all the years that I’ve been following you.

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  18. Todd Faulk
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:46 am

    Thank you, Jon, for sharing your inspirational story–that must’ve taken courage as well. The post is so well written, too. It’s a model for inspirational writing!

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  19. Sherry Bronson
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 3:43 am

    Whew. Crying now. You have a way of making things very, very clear. Thanks for these seven life lessons. I’ve never heard anything said with the kind of compelling evidence that you’ve displayed here. You are a force to be reckoned with. Amazing stories. Again, thank you.

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  20. Ivan Catela
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 3:53 am

    Bok Jon, puno hvala za dijeljenje ove priče. Nema boljeg vremena za čitanje nadahnjujućeg članaka. Nikada, nikada, nikada ne odustati.
    Imam puno lošeg iskustva u zadnje vrijeme sa svojim financijama.
    Moja vjera u Boga je potpuna. Ti si mi svojim člankom potvrdio da sam u pravu.
    Vjerujem da ću i ja naći način i udariti counterpunch.
    Pozdrav, Ivo

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  21. Alex
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 7:24 am

    Thanks Jon, pure inspiration!
    One of the best posts I’ve read in the past 2 years – please constinue to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP! As those who’ve read your post should do as well!

    Have a great 2017!

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  22. Tina
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 11:19 am

    Awesome advice! You and Shane Burcaw who has SMA shoukd get together. You have the same drive and kick ass attitude towards your disease and life. He runs a charity called “Laughing at My Nightmare. ” in Pennsylvania.

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  23. Zander Chance
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Wow, that’s a pretty incredible story Jon, I was so moved that I read it twice. Thank you for sharing it with us, and you’ve got a new reader for life!

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  24. Carma Spence
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Jon. This really moved me. My little sister was in a wheelchair (rare congenital condition … she died of complications 3 years ago, just days before her 43rd birthday). And, I’ve learned to face a few kicks in the face myself (I was hit by a car last February while crossing the street!). In fact, I’m working on a book about finding the silver linings in every challenge we face in life. I’d love to interview you for it!

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  25. Waliyulah Olayiwola
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:45 pm

    This is awe-inspiring and freaking awesome! Thanks Jon for sharing your story. I’m inspired. I must share this. Thanks again.

    Best,
    Waliyulah

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  26. Marcee
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

    That makes complaining about my life seem futile. I may as well squeeze me lemons. THANKS Jon

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  27. Patrice Kelly
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 2:22 pm

    Jon,

    There is a reason why you are my hero!

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  28. James A Griffin
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    Jon, sir your post as well as your overall outlook on life is as inspirational as anything I’ve ever read during my life. We and in this case primarily (I) have so many things which we simply take for granted. My admiration for you and the way you have handled all your challenges is simply unlimited. I wish for you the very happiest 2017.

    I also offer you all of my thanks for this post.

    James

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  29. Judi Knight
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    What a gift. Thank you for sharing your life and what you have had to overcome and continue to have to deal with. And thank you for crafting your story so masterfully that we can apply these principles to our lives.

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  30. Gene K Garrison
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

    Jon, I admire you no end.

    Gene K. Garrison

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  31. Laurie Stone
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

    Jon, Since I took (and graduated) from your GuestBlogging course, I’ve had nothing but admiration for you. So happy you’ve started a new blog, one that feels more personal. I look forward to the rest of your posts.

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  32. Schwabby
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    Thank you! The perfect message for the exact moment I needed to hear it. “I won’t give up, she whispers to herself”

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  33. shaun f
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    hey jon your story has made me cry! But wait men are not ment to cry are we?

    Well fuck what people say is normal, you touch my heart and your an amazing man!

    Thanks for sharing this and good luck with your new site!

    Shaun

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  34. Mark Watkins
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

    Jon: Thank You! Probably one of the most inspiring blog posts I have ever read! I shared it with everyone I know! Bless you sir and I look forward to reading more!

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  35. kevin
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    You’re simply amazing. That’s it.

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  36. Nicole Elliott
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

    AHHH!! Jon! I have loved your work forever and always since you made Boost Blog Traffic and I “got to know you” through your emails. But this post? Perfection, man <3 Thank you for being a continual butt kicking inspiration!

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  37. Lucy Aponte
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

    Hi Jon,
    My adopted son is an example of what you describe. He was a terminally ill baby when I got him. Numerous times he ended up on a respirator. More than once, we were prepared by doctors, for the end. He had a month to live when I got him. I adopted him when he was 10 years old. He is 35 years old now. He has cerebral palsy but has had no hospitalizations, other than for surgical procedures he needed. He attends a day hab group and is a loving and caring human being. Thanks for your life.

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  38. Sonya Matthews
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

    You have me in tears, Jon! I will be sharing this post with my little community on the Blog my husband and I run. It will surely be beneficial to them.

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  39. Angela Anderson
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

    Jon,

    Your blogs, your classes, your sense of humor, and your commitment to helping others set you apart. I’ve been a fan girl of yours since I signed up for one of your first classes years ago. And I’m still addicted.

    Thank you–again–for inspiring me just when I needed it most. I’ve shared your post and will share it with clients and friends for years to come, I’m sure.

    Thank you for your courage, and your general bad-assery. 😉

    Much love,

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  40. Donna Young
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

    God bless you, Jon, for sharing, caring, and empowering others that life is worth living and the effort to live, inspite of any inconveniences, pain or sorrow, or heart break. Each new morning is a fresh day, and a new beginning. Praise God, and enjoy it, and sing a song of Thankfulness. Praying for your CONTINUED Blessing in Year 2017. For the sufferings of a guilt free man, who loved us and forgave us, suffered for us, and he loved us so much, and while we were yet imperfect…Read John 3:16-17.

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  41. Naveen Kulkarni
    Jan 3, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

    Jon,

    This is such an inspiring story of yours and god bless you.

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  42. Auset
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 12:46 am

    Thank you dear Jon! I asked for a sign – needed something …. something real. Something to talk to my spirit and soul – not just “how to make $” stuff”. So glad I signed up to your newsletter. Your bravery is so bright, your soul shines! First time in ages much needed tears. I will never give up Jon! I will re-read this again & again.

    May you be showered with blessings from all the souls you have touched and will continue to touch – may it come back to you 100 fold.

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  43. Chavan
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 12:59 am

    Jon,

    What an inspiring article to start 2017. Hats off to your efforts and accomplishments.

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  44. Radley
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 3:47 am

    Hi
    Thanks for the fantastic article. Your link 47 Books That Helped Me Become a Millionaire from My Wheelchair. doesn’t seem to be working? Would really like to review these books.
    Thanks again for the inspiration.
    Radley

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  45. Julie Syl Kalungi
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 6:02 am

    What a Blessing this story is Jon. So Inspirational.
    Life serves us curve balls, yet to many of us your life would seem like a never ending shitload of them…You turned them into a game and sat right in the middle saying bring em on… I got the strength to persevere and overcome! #TeamNoExcuses and then some.
    As Graham Cooke says every challenge comes with an Upgrade, we just have to ask: Where is the upgrade to this challenge?” And then go after than single mindedly…I.e. focus on the solution and end result not the problem!

    I have many times sank into self pity…over a few losses here and there, the “why me” always on my lips. Now I see just how blessed I am and how much time I wasted on self pity!

    Change the game and the rules…My New Mantra and Never Ever Quit! Gottitt and thank you! I have shared and bookmarked! 🙂
    ~Julie Syl

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  46. Attila Beres
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 8:03 am

    THIS is THE WAY to talk about your story! This is what I’ve been looking for help with and your masterful writing skills are going to help me share my story powerfully so that it has the impact that makes all the pain worthwhile. THANK YOU FOR NOT HAVING GIVEN UP ‘Mr. One Counterpunch, One Kill’ 😉 What doesn’t kill YOU with one punch can as well lay down on the ground because in a moment it’s going to be OBLITERATED! 😀

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  47. JTan
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    Hi Jon,
    As I have mentioned before YOU stood out among the crowd. Your amazing personality, inspiration, attitude and great talent is awesome. Looking forward to read more of your posts.

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  48. Irina Bengtson
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    Hi Jon,

    Great epic post. Very honest. Very much you. (I have been following you and buying your courses for over a year now.)

    To change the rules and get unstuck in what seems a hopeless situation, you have to accept it as it is. True. It can be tough for some, also true. Simply saying ” just accept it” doesn’t help. To me, it comes naturally, sort of downs on me, and it is such a relief. Pretty much as you describe it. But, gosh, it’s hard to help someone who wants to escape a reality and keep asking herself all those what if’s. I think your story might be a great inspiration to some to start seeing things as they are.

    I must admit that your subtitle “Pain is Power” shocked me in the beginning. Probably because I’m healing from an accident and physical pain has never been a friend of mine. I can’t say that I find it helpful or motivating but annoying and disturbing, keeping me from doing what I want. Emotional pain, on the contrary, is something I’m acquainted with. And I know it made me stronger in a bending-not-breaking-way.

    “The degree of success you achieve in life is directly proportional to the amount of pain you can tolerate.” – It might be not true for everyone, though. There are people out there who doesn’t feel emotional pain as we do, and some are very successful in their lives. I think that extreme pain can have a very different effect on different people. But that’s another discussion 😉

    It is an exceptionally inspiring post telling us there is always a way out, find it and move on even if it looks scary or crazy. Thank you, Jon.

    And congratulations on your new blog. It is very promising. Never give up!

    I’m going to share it on social media.

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  49. NORMAN KING
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

    Congratulations Jon, You Are Unstoppable! Your writing style is elegant. You made me laugh, you made me cry. You made me take a look at myself and wonder Why? Jon You are absolutely Amazing. Keep up the good works. Cheers! Norm

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  50. Sheryll McMahan "Sherry"
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    Hi Jon, Great Post. Awesome Share.
    You are a long time hero of mine.

    I have been teaching a course called Hands Free at Your PC for about 10 years.
    You are someone I always introduce my new clients to.

    I just shared a link with my LinkedIn contacts. They are mostly Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with state agencies and Veteran’s Affairs national wide.

    Thanks again for your openness.
    Sherry

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  51. Timmy Brain
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

    Jon,

    I love the deep thoughts and messages. Thank you. I’ve learn alot.

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  52. Mike
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

    Great read as I sit here on the couch, feeling sorry for myself. I luckily walked away have broken my neck in the recent past, but dodged a bullet remaining fully able with lots of hardware in my neck and no disabilities. I had the epiphany to counter and succeed however there are still times I get complacent. Thank you for reminding me of what it felt like to be given that second chance. Thank you for reminding me to counter.

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    • Kailash
      Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:42 am

      This true story is simply fabulous.
      Impossible is becoming Himpossible.
      This is beyond perseverance, pride and passion.
      I am amazed to see the manifestation of this soul.
      Thank for sharing.
      Jai Ho!!!

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  53. Marya
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    Jon, this touched and inspired me. I didn’t know your whole story. I’m a special needs mom and then became disabled myself with dystonia six years ago. I couldn’t even sit in front of my computer for a year. I’m better but chronic pain is a daily thing.

    I am blogging but I do get discouraged and downright overwhelmed with all the stuff that has to be done. I get scared for the future but after reading this there is no reason to give up. I’ve subscribed to your lists.

    Thanks again.

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  54. Benjamin Wright
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    Jon,

    This is incredibly inspiring!! Tim Ferriss brought me here and I’m so glad he did. Thank you for opening up and sharing with the world!

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  55. Jan
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

    What an amazing story! Thank you for changing my life.

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  56. JP Paquette
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

    Powerful perpective on life. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  57. Sherry Strong
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 7:44 pm

    I woke up feeling sorry for myself, sick, in pain and wondering how I was going to ever get on top of my New Years to do list.

    Then a dear friend sent me this article. I’ve read your story before, but I NEEDED this today.

    I simply cannot imagine what it takes to do what you do Jon. You are beyond inspiring.

    Thank you for the shift catapulting me out of my ‘poor me’ dispair. Perspective is huge.

    I’m going back to work with a different attitude and a shiteload of gratitude!

    Thank you, Jon!

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  58. D R
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    This is the best story I’ve read in ages. Thank you for sharing and I will be sending this to as many of my friends as I can.

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  59. Iveren
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    This is the first blog story I’m sticking with to the end, word for word. Your strength inspires me Jon. I will never, ever give up. God bless you.

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  60. Ross Payan
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

    You’re my hero Jon. This blog post truly moved me. Thank you for sharing your story and I’ll look forward to reading your content in the coming months.

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  61. Raquel
    Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

    Truly inspiring. I love the punch, counterpunch analogy. Look for the opportunity in every difficulty. Words to live by. Thank you.

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  62. Kirsty
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 12:29 am

    Thank you so much! I tell myself I hate my life but don’t know what to do to change it. The big obstacle was the abusive husband so through fear & courage, I left. I haven’t seen my opportunity that you speak of. I feel like I’m getting lazy just trying to be peaceful & cope. Being a single Mum is hard & my ex still tries to have power over me but I know what I have to do next now so thank you!

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  63. Akshay Nanavati
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 1:17 am

    You are a warrior Jon, a true testament to the limitlessness of the human potential. As a Marine corps veteran, I have many brothers and sisters who are struggling after the wars, I myself was there for a while. Your warrior spirit is a lesson to all of us, one I would love to work with you to spread throughout the veteran community. You are a gift Jon.

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  64. mustafa
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 2:01 am

    Bro. I am inspired If you can turn tables then i have no excuse to complain. Thanks big time your post opened my eyes

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  65. Floyd Buenavente
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 2:09 am

    I wish I could meet you personally Jon and share a drink with you or a simple meal. Reading this just made my life better and I feel that even now that I am typing this that it made me a better person just being able to communicate with you. If you need anything hit me up. I may be thousands of miles away but I know a good person when I see one. More power to you Jon! ^_^

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  66. Mike Church
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 3:54 am

    Nerds are great, aren’t they?

    Thank you very much for being a lighthouse to so many people that probably needed to hear your message, Jon.

    Despite my age (51) I haven’t had too many punches in the face for character building, but I can definitely say that I have learned from the few that have hit me hard.

    Your comments about how looking at alternate possibilities is so powerful! I forget to do that a lot, assume things have to go a certain way without looking at the “crazy” alternatives. Almost every time I have done that in my life the fear of the thing disappears completely because the alternate solutions or options are always there, even if some are a bit… sub-optimal.

    Your message is absolutely on point and very refreshing to hear. Right now I am working on a project that has stopped me for 2 solid months; I haven’t even been able to look at it right now. But I will never, never, never give up on it.

    I have worked on improving my skills related to this project steadily for 6 years and have never given up, I’m quite proud of that.

    Thank you so much for reminding me of this in such a memorable way.

    I ain’t givin’ up now, and going to get off my ass and get going again. No more movie marathons to avoid doing what has to be done… Don’t they say it takes 10,000 hours or basically about 10 years to master anything? Well, I’m just a few years short of full mastery!!!!

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  67. Anna
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 4:25 am

    Thank you, Jon! All the best for you!

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  68. Ngaya Gelasius R.
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:18 am

    An amazing story! It has left me with guts to face my challenges productively!
    Thanks for being there, Jon!

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  69. Warrior Spark
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:31 am

    I have never ever in the last 14-15yrs left a message on any article. Though there few times I wanted to, today I genuinely want to thankyou! Come at the right time! Thankyou! More power and love to you! You have sparked the warrior in me! It touched my inside! “I WILL NEVER, EVER GIVE UP”

    More power and love to you brother!

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  70. Paul Leicht
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 6:27 am

    Jon, simply awesome. You managed to make me feel grateful for the curveballs I’ve had.

    Sometimes it takes a total stranger to jerk you (me!) into embracing the craziness and sheer bloody-minded persistence.

    Thanks, and you rock!

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    • Margaret Leicht-Vanore
      Jan 6, 2017 @ 8:45 pm

      Wow Paul. My maiden name is Leicht and we are located in the greater New York area. Where are you located if you don’t mind my asking?

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      • Paul Leicht
        Jan 9, 2017 @ 8:46 am

        Hi Margaret,

        I’m spread between Germany and Canada, with a proper move to to Canada sort of underway (slowly). I took my wife’s name to be otherwise 🙂 … would be good to see if there are any dots to connect!

        Will look and see if there’s a way to swap email contacts here without pasting the addresses on open forum!

        Paul

  71. Michelle
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    Wow! Such an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing your truly uplifting words Jon.

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  72. Faith J Martin
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 7:37 am

    Hello Jon
    Out of nowhere comes thoughts and a most infinite and powerful mind that communicates at a Soul level. Sharing and offering up thoughts and words that not only inspire but remind us that we all have an angelic nature that goes beyond any perceived human challenge.
    We are blessed to have you on the planet at this time in your broken body that cannot imprison your mind and spirit Showing us what a profound Mission and Purpose you have chosen to live and offer up as a deep Healer to billions of people who often allow our minds to experience entrapment in a circumstance so trivial when considered within the realms of your code of living for this life

    Bless you Jon. May your light shine so bright we are blinded by your Spirit that so lovingly shares your Giant Heart with us

    We are most humbled and Grateful
    Thank you

    Faith

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  73. Louise Mccook
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 9:08 am

    Jon, how wonderful of you to write and share your incredible story… I am so privileged to have met you when you lived in our building in Mazatlan I just wish I had taken the time to get to know you better, Your amount of determination and your ability to write about all of this is very motivating, Thank you and all the best Jon.

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  74. Luisa
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 10:32 am

    Thank you so much!!! This was so beautiful and inspirational. All my love for you. Luisa from Colombia, hope to know you sometime!!

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  75. Sandra Strauss
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 10:38 am

    You are such an inspiration at a time when so many feel their situations are so challenging. You are unstoppable! So glad you’re sharing your lessons learned from your misfortunes and suffering, as challenging as they’ve been, because you teach the power of grit, courage, breaking through fear, and making choices that support rather than defeat you.

    Hope you’re writing a screenplay because this is the type of story that can wake people up, if they choose to experience life from a winning perspective. You can inspire more to win rather than whine. Blessings to you and look forward to see your story on the big screen to help in waking up the world to the possibilities of choice, instead of feeling victimized.

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  76. Arlene Sweigart
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 10:54 am

    Only thing missing is that you didn’t give God the glory. God holds us in the palms of His hands and gives us everything . Your story is inspirational and I admire your spirit but please give God the glory He deserves. God bless you.

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  77. Jacqueline
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 11:52 am

    Brilliant read. You nailed it. Thank you. Life is back in perspective 🙂

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  78. Stanley Wong
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me . I was a bit down recently due to many things happened in my life. May God bless you!

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  79. Tom
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

    You’re a true hero man. Thanks for inspiring so many people and for going through whatever you were going through to become who you are.

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  80. Jenny Craig
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

    What an inspirational message! I will forward this to all my children and grandchildren. Growing up, ordinary changes in life can seem monumental to those who are experiencing it. Your story puts everything in perspective! I tell my grandchildren often that what you see as a challenging event today is really only a road block. Like any road block it requires a detour. That means to continue our journey we must map out a new route. If we can see life’s challenges simply as road blocks, we will always find a new way to further our journey through life. Your story proves that point.

    Thank you for sharing it!

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  81. Adam
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    If i could only explain how much I needed this. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I’m so thankful

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  82. Arno
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    I feel humble.

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  83. Lipna
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    Wow! A perfect piece of inspirational write up just when I needed the most!! I always believed in this philosophy of never giving up, and/or trying out the crazy options when needed, yet recently I have come to a point of my life, I have become scared, weak and broken. You thoughts, your struggle and your path gives me hope, I am so much thankful for that!! Thank You, Jon!

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  84. NClax
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

    You are such an inspiration. I know it’s been said before, but I will say it again: Your mother was a hero, you are a hero. Everyday. This was more than an article, it is a manifesto. A testament to the power of the human spirit that reminds us that no matter who we are or what our limitations, we CAN achieve something. It’s true that not every dream is achievable, but it is certainly true that sacrifice and dedication can get us all closer than we ever thought possible. Thank you.

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  85. Noel Lumpkin
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    Jon, you are absolutely right, and your post tells what we all forget: having nothing to lose is the strongest point of all. I am going to send this to several who need to hear this message as well as keep it on my desktop for a daily dose!

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  86. Eve
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

    Jon, thank you so much for this uncreadibly inspiring article..! I have got it from my friend on FB, started to read.. and couldn’t stop untill I finished. You are an amazing person and I am truelly impressed with your achievements, your strength and all your charizma! This is exactly what I lack right now.. and just today I felt so bad about my life so far.. depressed with my current work, which gives me no satisfaction, just takes my nerves and energy.. killing my enthusiasm and self-confidence..I feel so miserable, although I don’t want to.. You encouraged me to change it. What a coincidence, that the article shown up on my wall exactly today! I was also “lucky” to spend more time with books, than with cool kids, when I was a child. And you are right – it was a blessing. But still somewhere on a way I got lost.. Thank you for what you wrote above. Your story is just fantastic and be sure – you do change people’s lifes! Please, do not stop writing, you should do that for living. It is so light and addictive. I wish you all the best and I will be following your blog for sure. <3

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  87. Susan Perry
    Jan 5, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Your excellent newsletters have helped me more that any other source in starting a website & blog. Your clever, entertaining, witty style is amazing, even moreso considering your challenges.

    I had the same situation with Medicaid after getting cancer three years ago, finally let it go knowing that I would never be able to make ends meet without more income. Now I’ve published a book & my site/blog is to let the world know about that and my teaching classes on medicinal herbs. Many natural herbs & supplements helped me overcome cancer & regain my health without chemotherapy & radiation, despite the doctors trying to convince me that would be impossible!

    Sending love & gratitude to you!

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    • Zarayna Pradyer
      Jan 6, 2017 @ 3:02 am

      Fantastic story, Susan, – thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your mission well. Have a wonderful New Year.

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  88. Jzhang
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 4:05 am

    Your story puts tears in my eyes and touches me deeply. Your strength and courage in my opinion dwarths that of Anyone I know. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  89. Stephen Shooster
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 5:18 am

    Fucking brilliant, well written and concise. A fascinating perspective with a giant message from a fellow who makes weakness his strength, changing the paradigm of what is success and along the way teaching everyone who takes the time to read how to be a better person.
    Read it a few times and embrace the message, never, ever, give up. My hat is off to you. Standing applause.

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  90. Anna
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 5:34 am

    Thank you, Jon for sharing this story!! It is absolutely inspirational and empowering! Makes me file like to stop feeling miserable about life adversities and move my ass and ‘counterpunch’ them!

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  91. Bernie Mitchell
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 6:16 am

    Jon! You are soooooo cool! Do you know “I bet he drinks Carling Black label’ ad’s from 80’s British TV? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Toek6CdldC8 – I read your post and these were the first words that popped in my head 😉

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  92. Price Action
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 9:09 am

    Jon, you are a true inspiration. Your story needs to be read and shared.

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  93. Dominic Britto
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 10:29 am

    Jon, your life is an inspiration. You really have a strong will to live and it seems unbelievable what you have gone through. I have no words to describe. Your life is a great lesson in overcoming adversities. Wish you the very best friend.

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  94. Margaret Mueller
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    Dear Jon,

    I was diagnosed with FSHD seven years ago. I immediately took on the same attitude that you have embraced, and I wish I could make others understand that every moment we can choose to live with abundant joy. I have always taken lemons and made lemonade. This is no exception. I went to Greece for ten days this summer. I just started graduate school at 62. I have a future to live on my terms.

    I have posted your article to Facebook.

    Thank you for saying this better than I can.

    Margaret

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  95. Margaret Mueller
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    Dear Jon,

    I was diagnosed with FSHD seven years ago. I immediately took on the same attitude that you have embraced, and I wish I could make others understand that every moment we can choose to live with abundant joy. I have always taken lemons and made lemonade. This is no exception. I went to Greece for ten days this summer. I just started graduate school at 62. I have a future to live on my terms.

    I have posted your article to Facebook.

    Thank you for saying this better than I can.

    Margaret

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  96. Zack
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    The winner, by unanimous decision: Jon.

    You’ve quite the iron chin, my friend. Keep up the good fight! And, for what it’s worth–you’ve struck a deep chord in this physically disabled man, and left me with an enhanced determination I can’t thank you enough for..

    Bless you, man. And keep on punching, Z

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  97. Tavonga Mhembere
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    thank you for the inspiration, your story is touching and motivating. l learned a lot from it and l believe and pray God keeps on giving you strength and courage

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  98. Nick
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    My new hero!

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  99. Jan
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    Hi Jon! Here’s a follow-up comment after reading all these posts. I’m thinking perhaps you should have run for President. This is the kind of inspiration needed.

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  100. Gina
    Jan 6, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

    This is the most awesome inspiring thing I have ever had the pleasure of reading!! You are unbelievable!!

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