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

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


    • Jeff
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 9:18 am

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


      • Tope Fabusola
        Jul 6, 2017 @ 8:28 am

        I have a skin condition that I’ve been battling on and off for 8 years now. It has really changed how my skin looks and feels.

        I barely remember how it used to feel to be normal. I hate how I look, how I itch, how much pain it gives me.

        But, now, I’m taking what I have and fighting with it. Sure, it hurts to see how things are going sometimes. It even affects finances.

        You know how you spend most of your savings on something you can’t point at? Like, where is the thing you bought?

        But all these have made me grow. I have learnt things many people my age wouldn’t care to know of.

        Truth be told, there is always another side to every situation. And I guess I am lucky here too. Because I have complete faith that I’m getting out of this.

        Thanks for sharing, Jon. I’ve known you for a very long, long time.

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


      I really needed to read this post today.

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

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

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

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

      Here is what I wrote yesterday.

      It All Leads Back to You


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

      God bless,



    • Mansal Denton
      May 3, 2017 @ 3:55 pm

      Awesome work, Jon. I’ve heard you on James Altucher’s show. Very glad I did. Keep up the good work


    • Jim
      Jul 12, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

      You are a real hero! I admire you. Keep up your good work, my friend.


    • Erica Stevens
      Sep 27, 2018 @ 4:31 pm

      What an incredible message. I almost cried a few times… The life the average person lives today is already light years better than it was a few hundred years ago. Just think how beautiful it would be if more people shared your mindset! Just amazing. Thank you!


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Hi Jon!

    Man, you are so inspiring!

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

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



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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

    Take care.



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Wow buddy
    Amazing – you are so STRONG and inspirational.


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

    Powerful writing coupled with an inspiring story.

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


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

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

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

    Until now.

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

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


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

    Dear Jon,

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

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

    Keep Smilin’


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2017 @ 1:33 am

      Totally agree, but I also wished that bad words weren’t there. I really want to share this with my sons, so I’ll just edit them out. I also have suffered with tons of pain over my lifetime with a chronic disability beginning at age 9, wheelchair at age 15, and osteoporosis of an 80 year old at age 22. I really appreciated your varying perspectives of how to see your pain and your life circumstances. Recently I’ve been dealing with a ton of emotional and relational pain and it’s definitely been hard in a different way from the physical pain up to this point in my life. Thanks again for your perspective and sharing your journey!


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


  33. Fros
    May 5, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    Jon, you are a beautiful, brave, amazing soul. Thank you for being such an incredibly inspiring human. This was a wonderful read, it made me cry on several occasions. I really admire your strength.

    The Universe has such an accurate timing to send this story across my way.

    Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and I wish you all the best.


  34. Michelle DeMarco
    May 5, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    WOW was that exactly what I needed to read today. Heard you on James Altucher’s podcast and it made me look up your blog. I was having a hard few weeks and now I realized I’m really not. I’m so ready to face the day and to “never, never, never give up!”


  35. Chima
    May 7, 2017 @ 6:33 am

    Thank you Jon, listened to your podcast which made me to look you up. You are awesome! May the light continue to shine on you. Thanks


  36. Eric
    May 10, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    Greatly enjoyed the interview you did with James Altucher, which is where I learned of you. Your spirit and story is so inspiring – your resilience and tenacity under circumstances most of us cannot begin to comprehend is humbling. Look forward to perusing your sites and learning from you. Love and light to you…


  37. Amanpreet Singh
    May 15, 2017 @ 5:52 am

    You are an inspiration man. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  38. Mercy Kajuju
    May 18, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

    This is inspiring.


  39. Wade Cockfield
    Jun 8, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

    Now that is a great story, really inspirational.


  40. Michele
    Jun 18, 2017 @ 1:20 am

    Thankyou so much for your courage & honesty. Remarkable & life saving.
    Your “counter punch” approach makes perfect sense & is a way more useful response than the years of positive/delusional thinking I’ve been struggling on with at great cost to my mental health & self esteem.
    I also love your idea of really, fully examining the full fear spectrum to canvas all other options & scenarios.
    I’ve been the living dead, paralysed by fear for years now.
    Today, after reading your story, this changes.
    Thankyou from the bottom of my heart,


  41. Thapelo Romeo Mosebo
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    Great words. I promise my self one thing in 5 words: Never Never Never Give Up! Thank you for the wake-up call Sir Jon. You’re an inspiration Bro!


  42. Mitesh Patel
    Jul 12, 2017 @ 5:57 am

    Its just great inspiration story. i love to read it. Thanks for share with us.


  43. Ed
    Jul 12, 2017 @ 9:17 am

    For the better part of my life people have considered me a tough guy, a bit of a badass and generally a strong psrson. I ain’t shit compared to you. Thanks for your wisdom and your honesty. This article is my new mantra.


  44. Manoj
    Jul 29, 2017 @ 9:44 am

    Thanks for writing this remarkable post. This is an example of how life should be lived by everybody. No one should have any excuse of his bad luck or circumstances after reading this post. You are a huge inspiration to everybody Jon. Thanks for sharing these lessons with the world. May God bless you !


  45. Peter
    Aug 5, 2017 @ 12:10 am

    Jon. A remarkable story and life this far. Knowing only what I have read of you today, do you give any credit to God for any of your strength of character?
    May God continue to bless you and more importantly may you seek the wisdom to give Him the credit for you strength and success thus far so you can continue to enjoy a fulfilling life here and the perfect eternity He offers all who will believe.


  46. Doug
    Aug 8, 2017 @ 4:23 am

    I have what by comparison are some very minor challenges I have been facing and still need to face. Your story made a difference to me. I feel humbled by your courage and noe clearly see the insignificance of my challenges. You are a force for good in the world. May you live long, continue to have a good life and leave a legacy you can be duly proud of


  47. Garnett
    Aug 8, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    Giving up can be so easy to be but you proved the value of persistence and perseverance. Thank you for being an inspiration


    Aug 16, 2017 @ 4:32 am

    I have been encouraged by your story too, despite all the pains and suffering you went through you never gave up. You are an inspiration to many people. I have learned a lesson never to give up in life no matter the hard situation i may find myself in. Thank you for sharing you story with us.


  49. wheelchair online
    Aug 20, 2017 @ 7:28 am

    Great post. A good timing for me to read it, when i have just started my blog a couple of days before. Keep sharing the tips 🙂
    Karma Fighter Wheelchair
    Keep Posting:)


  50. H Fields
    Aug 21, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Amazing story! Everyone should read your story. What an inspiration!


  51. Missy
    Aug 26, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

    You rock! This is seriously the most inspiring post I’ve ever read, and this is coming from someone who reads a lot of feel-good, you-can-do-it stuff online.

    One part really stood out to me: “If I allowed myself to be angry at Bill for even one moment, I may have sunk into a pit of rage and despair so deep I would’ve never climbed out of it.”

    I have a lot of anger toward someone from my past, and it’s not healthy. I totally get what you’re talking about when you mention the pit of rage and despair, so I’m going to work on letting go of my anger.

    Thanks for sharing your story. You’re a talented writer, and I admire your attitude. Take care.


  52. Nats
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 6:30 am

    What a story, what a great mind you have and great writing. I twice listened to your story on James Altucher’s podcast which led me here. Thank you for your work and thanks too to your wonderful, caring and courageous mother. Indeed, never, ever give up!!


  53. Joe Rude
    Sep 3, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

    You are a true inspiration and breath of fresh air. I can not wait to share your story with my children and the rest of the world. As a father of child with special needs, I get the who medicare/income bs and find it ridiculous that in the richest country in the world, those with the least can not make any income or are capped at a certain income. Keep up the amazing work!


  54. shay smith
    Sep 5, 2017 @ 2:29 am

    You are the great inspiration for all of us. What a great journey and the way of dealing with your life. You’re a talented writer, and I admire your attitude. Take care. Thanks for this inspiration.


  55. Amin
    Sep 9, 2017 @ 5:29 am

    This article made me cry, it was so intense and so true,
    thank you Jon for your effort and giving energy to other people.


  56. Julianne
    Oct 4, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

    Wow, just wow! Your words moved me to tears and I am so thankful for having read them. I am very glad I found your blog and I can’t wait to read more. You are such an inspiration and I love your honesty!


  57. David Ingerson
    Oct 5, 2017 @ 12:03 am


    I’m in awe of your fortitude and wisdom. I will be sharing your remarkable story and matchless attitude with others.

    When my second son, fourth child, Caleb, was born with several life-threatening congenital anomalies, not the least of which was a gravely serious heart defect, undiagnosed inter-utero, I was tempted to remain paralyzed and numb, as was my son following his second surgery, performed at four days old. But, thankfully, something prompted me–perhaps initially it was pride–to stand up and fight because the entire medical staff (as unimaginably immense as it was) was very apparently resigned to the fact that the hopeless child would be dead within days no matter what course of action we as parents chose to pursue.

    All throughout my son’s 3.5 year life I fought for him–often against the very medical “system” which saved his life many times–only to ultimately lose the battle to the adverse side affects of the Antiretro virals (anti-HIV medications) which he took to combat his HIV infection. He was infected with an HIV-contaminated unit of blood following his third (of five) open heart surgeries at 16 months of age.

    By the time the donor (whose blood tested negative, but was indeed positive for HIV when he donated the unit with which my son was transfused) returned to a blood bank to donate again ten months later, his HIV infection resulted in a positive test and the blood bank performed a “look back,” which eventually came back to us. When my son’s pediatric cardiologist called us and recommended we have our son tested for HIV “merely as a precaution” something told me that he would indeed be positive–which he was.

    I share my story to illustrate that as a father of a son who suffered immensely for this entire 3.5 years of life, I often felt trapped, betrayed, manipulated, cheated, depressed, alone, ignored, misunderstood and crushed by grief upon the shockingly unexpected sudden death of my son barely a year and a half after we became aware of his HIV positive status.

    Thankfully the pity party my aching heart wanted to throw never materialized due to my relentless life with three other children and a fourth born just 13 months after Caleb died. In that I was serving as an active duty US Air Force officer and pilot flying at the Presidential Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base at the time of my son’s death, I many times flew various US Cabinet Members and Congressmen around the world.

    I particularly recall a three-week trip flying then-Secretary of State Colin Powell around the world, about eighteen months after my son’s death. When we returned to Andrews Air Force Base following that trip I had the distinct impression that I “woke up” as we parked our aircraft following the landing. I determined that just as the aircraft had been on autopilot at 47,000 feet, so had I been on autopilot for eighteen months–without even realizing how numbed I was.

    Finally, at that time, the continuously grey sky gradually began to return to various hues of blue. Out of my intense journaling from those years came my book, “The Caleb Years: When God Doesn’t Make Sense.” (www.thecalebyears.com) Thankfully, I came to some semblance of reconciliation with my pain, grief, and despair–many times it was little more than a stand-off; but, eventually, I was able to put my rage into perspective and learn to love life again. You, my friend epitomize success and overcoming even in the midst of the most seemingly hopeless situations–I admire your grit.

    Certainly, if I’d been aware of your story at that time in my life my healing would have been accelerated. Therefore, once again, I applaud you for your accomplishments and transparency in sharing your story. I hope you’ll consider reading my story and giving me your feedback. I would humbly appreciate hearing/reading your reflections.

    Blessings to you for your courage and that of your amazing mother–she truly is a gift from God.


  58. Annie
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

    As I am sure you know, pain and suffering are not just physical things but they can hit the soul as well. My situation is nowhere even close to what you have experienced but I, like all the other readers here are not only inspired, but I want to slap my own face from the shame I feel at times (you know, the poor me crap). My story is only one of feeling lost – stuck in an unrewarding career and feeling like my life is a bad rerun with each day saying to myself – I gotta do something different! Only to wake up to the same stupid day again. Now, I am a Christian, thank goodness! Otherwise, I would probably just feel pretty useless except for my paycheck I bring in to buy food for the kids and help hubby pay the mortgage. But instead – I wake up each day thankful for my life and even my shitty job. Your story was one of perserverance with a wonderful sense of humor! Thank you so much for sharing. Now, I just need to figure out my counterpunch. Cheers!!


  59. Annie
    Oct 23, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

    As I am sure you know, pain and suffering are not just physical things but they can hit the soul as well. My situation is nowhere even close to what you have experienced but I, like all the other readers here are not only inspired, but I want to slap my own face from the shame I feel at times (you know, the poor me crap). My story is only one of feeling lost – stuck in an unrewarding career and feeling like my life is a bad rerun with each day saying to myself – I gotta do something different! Only to wake up to the same stupid day again. Now, I am a Christian, thank goodness! Otherwise, I would probably just feel pretty useless except for my paycheck I bring in to buy food for the kids and help hubby pay the mortgage. But instead – I wake up each day thankful for my life and even my shitty job. Your story was one of perseverance with a wonderful sense of humor! Thank you so much for sharing. Now, I just need to figure out my counter-punch. Cheers!!


  60. Jim Sanders
    Oct 30, 2017 @ 5:46 am

    This is a great post. So clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the tangible and attainable help. All your hard work is much appreciated.


  61. Ernesto Cisneros-Rivera
    Nov 10, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

    Dear Jon, in times of obscure despair, your words came to me at precise time and show me hope. Thanks a lot.

    I’ll never, ever give up!


  62. uthman saheed
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 1:57 am

    This is a great inspiration and its comes at a time I definitely need this. Thanks Mr. Jon


  63. Romeo Mariano
    Nov 25, 2017 @ 3:49 am

    Dear Jon,

    You are an inspiration to me and many others.

    Thanks for your work.


  64. Maryse
    Dec 7, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    Thanks for your story ! You’re amazing ! You’re a hero ! God bless you!


  65. Joy
    Dec 11, 2017 @ 3:00 am

    Your incredible…Mr. John,
    Sooooo… Impressed and inspired by your story. Thank you for being you! And, I’m so thankful that I came across your story. That I couldnt help but feel the need to share your story with as many people as I could reach threw my Family & Friends on Facebook!! As I have often felt, that there seems to be a lot of darkness present in many of these lifes. Sir!…I wouldnt be surprised if your book sales shot threw the star$$$ by the new years end. Perhaps by my perches alone!… God bless you…you are a shinning Star!!! and Merry Christmas John!! Huggs from Texas…Joy…CNA/ CMA/ CHHA/ CLT 32 year In private duty nursing!!!!


  66. Sohel Rana
    Dec 12, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

    Such a real motivation…. Love you dude!


  67. Renee
    Dec 25, 2017 @ 7:59 am

    You’re a big inspiration Jon… I will be sharing your great story. Thank you!!!


  68. Jennifer Ravon
    Dec 27, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    Hello Jon,

    This is a truly inspiring story of yours. I think, everybody should take lessons from your life and learn something new rather loose hope to live life. Appreciating you that you share your real experience with all.


  69. Osk Sigurdardottir
    Jan 4, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    You are amazing and so inspiring 😉 Great words ! Thank you


  70. Penny
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 6:47 am

    Jon, you are an awesome human being with immense strength.Thanks for the inspiration.Keep on keeping on.
    The baton is now in my hand.I totally have no reason not to excel.From Smartblogger to Unstoppable, there’s absolutely no viable excuse not to make it happen.


  71. Chadrack
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 10:58 am

    Hi Jon, I’ve followed you for a long time now and also read your story a number of times but seeing you right in that wheel chair full length got me thinking, is this guy’s condition really like this and still he has accomplished so much? But then reading through this post just blew my mind. You’re really an inspiration. My saving this post and will be using it in my study classes.


    Jan 14, 2018 @ 7:49 am

    It was truly an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂


  73. Joanna Klassen
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    Dear Jon, I needed your words today more than fresh air and food. You reached inside me and fanned the flame of hope. Writing has always been my lifeline. I have filing cabinets full of my writing but have been too afraid to reach out on-line and share it, despite some best-selling books to my credit (Learning to Live, Learning to Love was translated into Greek and Russian.) For years when someone asks me to write for a publication, I jump at the chance and am always published and paid. It is the techno tangle that has de-railed me. You breathed courage into my lungs today, one breath and I am ready to counter punch my fear and frustration.
    With thanks and love,


  74. Body Building
    Jan 17, 2018 @ 2:31 pm

    You are really an inspiration for millions of people who think that they have the biggest problems.


  75. Jack
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    As to me, it’s a nice marketing lesson [your both posts].
    Write your life sad story and folks can’t stop to comment here during many, many moons. Sure, if you started from a zero background, you would only get a dozen of full pity comments; something like, ”Oh, Jon, I’m sorry I’ll pray for you” and etc.
    The snowball effect in action. LOL And it’s great


  76. Cheryl
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 10:05 am

    I’ve felt unloved and broken for many years. I want to work but don’t know what to do. I have to drive my grandkid to school and pick him up so even if I found a job I couldn’t take it. My grandkid doesn’t have a mother. Also because it would kill me to stand more than an hour I can’t work. As yourself I would lose my government payments and medical. My solution is to do something online. I have no idea what. Writing keeps coming to mind but (although I’ve researched) I don’t know where online to write, should I create a blog and how do I get paid. I live in an apartment building where everyone does drugs but me. These people are always trying to hustle me even though I always say no. I’m forced to smell their cigarettes in the hall every time I go in or out. Then my poor little nose stuffs up. My personal passions that make me happy are to have a puppy, a decent sized garden in the yard and to BBQ without being harassed. These might not seem like much but they’re all I dream about. I can’t do any of them here. The solution is work to get money to move outta the hell zone. I just don’t know “what” or “where” to start for years. It’s the same ole stagnant routine every single day. Reading what you wrote made my cry so much that I had to keep wiping my tears away so I could continue reading. I’ve learned alot from you. I wish I knew someone like you. I wish you well.


  77. Kristin McMillan
    Feb 23, 2018 @ 8:51 am

    Thank you from the top and bottom of my heart, Jon. I needed this today; miracles show up at just the right time. I was drowning in my self-pity last night at my health condition and lack of financial freedom. And you, wonderful soul, just inspired the living crap outta me. Laughing and crying, I know now I can get back up after the punches. I hope you know how many people you’ve inspired. Do you include motivational public speaking in your own bag of tricks? I sure hope so. If you aren’t already on the circuit, the world needs ya, my friend! Thank you. Two simple words that have no way to convey just how much you’ve inspired me and countless others.


  78. Ladye Jane
    Feb 27, 2018 @ 2:33 am

    Jon, I read your story and of course my heart was touched by it. You are amazing.
    I cannot help but feel God has shown HIS favor upon you.
    I’m a Disable senior. My husband and I don’t know how we are going to be able to pay our rent.
    We are seniors, trying to live on S S. which is not at all adequate.
    Tonight we were talking of trying to work from home together. We don’t know how much longer before we get put out on the street.

    I want to tell you that you really have made the words, “never, never, never give up ” stick in my mind.
    We are both 75 years old, both have diabetes and suffer many complications of this disease. We have other health problems also and it’s difficult not to get discouraged sometimes. I’m house bound. My husband is able to make it out to the store to get us a little food most days..
    So far I manage to get into the car, to go to Dr. appointments. Other than this I’m home bound, …. pretty much.
    On occasion, with the help of my husband, I manage to go inside of a restaurant. We order something and split it, for financial reasons. We don’t do this very often.
    This is not meant to be a sob story, it’s just to let you know how things are with us.
    I will be praying for you Jon,. If it were NOT for the Lord in my life I’m quite sure I’d no longer be here.

    I pray HE continues to bless you and restores a good measure of strength to you.
    I am believing that HE will.

    Don’t know how I happened upon your site and really don’t know how I ever got the courage to reply! I’m timid and shy and it’s just not something I normally do! I just felt inside my soul that I was meant to.

    I do wish you all the best,
    Ladye Jane


  79. Taxi App Development
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 2:04 am

    Thanks for your story and lessons, Such an inspirational post.. You are an inspiration to me and many others.
    keep it up! God bless you!


  80. Adam Gropper
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 1:47 pm


    There are so many nuggets of wisdom here!

    Do you do any work with children? Your experiences, perspective, and wins are awe inspiring!

    Thank you for sharing your story. I plan to refer back to this post often and try to impart your way of thinking on my kids. It’s tough because my mind says that I don’t want them to experience hurt, misfortune, or certainly tragedy but as you say they may need to experience that perspective to get to this level of thinking.



  81. Wheelchair
    Apr 17, 2018 @ 7:52 am

    I would like to say that this blog really convinced me, you give me best information! Thanks, very good post.

    Keep Posting:)


  82. Esty Horn
    Apr 18, 2018 @ 2:38 am

    Thank you!

    Your articles helped me to write, but now I find that your life can help me to live.

    I shared it and sent it to my children. I believe it can help anyone who reads it.

    Thank you for being so brave, so wise, and so generous!


  83. Richard Sneed
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

    You’ve inspired me. Thank you, Jon.

    I’ve captured some of your wise words in my journal. As I was flipping through it to find a blank page for them, I chanced upon an excerpt from _Change Your Brain Change Your Life_ by Daniel G. Amen, M.D., which strikes me as apropos of your life:

    “My life was a mess, and now it is a message.
    I have been tested, now I have a testimony.
    I was a victim, now I am victorious.
    I went through trials, now I am triumphant.”


  84. Mandy Kloppers
    Jun 3, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. I found it hugely relatable and very inspiring. One of the best posts I have read in a loooong time! Mandy X


    • Loveth Egbezien
      Jul 19, 2018 @ 8:08 am

      Nice one Rich


  85. Priti Singh
    Jun 19, 2018 @ 12:49 am

    Wow! You in fact are most brave and unconditional person one can think of. All the best for you in the highly developed, always save your pleasing simulation!


  86. Sagar Shah
    Jun 22, 2018 @ 7:22 am

    Great inspiration for all of us…

    Actually, I was searching for something else but fortunately getting this post.

    Awaiting for more inspiration story like thing,



    • Lisa Clagett
      Jun 23, 2018 @ 10:34 pm

      So Jon…is it 47 books or 33 books? How about if I come up with the 14 that make up the frustrating questionable difference?

      No? I figured! But I have a feeling you have a sense of humor! Witty, no doubt!

      Man…I can only hope to get through 33! (gulp)

      …I’ll be back!!!

      Lisa Clagett,
      C7 Quad~


  87. Loveth Egbezien
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 8:01 am

    Dear Jon,

    You’re all shades of awesomeness and its sheer providence that i get to meet you. Well through your writings and i hope it dosent stay that way for long. I really want it to be for real!

    I’m tended to play the life-is-unfair game and wallow in self pity. But you Jon, you inspire me to rise up and never give you.

    Thank you for being such a huge inspiration.

    Thank you for selflessly pouring yourself to your readers.

    You’re in my prayers 🙂

    Regards, Loveth.


  88. Prashant S
    Jul 23, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

    You are truly brave and an inspiration for others.
    God bless you.


  89. Inga
    Jul 23, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

    Dear Jon

    What an incredible story and what an incredible human being you are… !!

    A wonderful example to all of us whose own experiences of pain will often pale in comparison to yours. Very humbling; you are truly inspirational.

    And for me, a very timely and needed kick up the bum to stop thinking (and planning) and start doing.

    Thank you.


  90. Onis
    Aug 4, 2018 @ 4:52 am

    This is so inspiring, Jon. Such a fighting, determined spirit you have. Your story has fueled me with much burning desire to go out there and stop all excuses. Thanks for sharing, Jon


  91. Ritesh Patil
    Aug 13, 2018 @ 8:26 am

    Pretty cool and inspirational article.


  92. Bhavik Shah
    Sep 6, 2018 @ 5:10 am

    What an inspiring story. I will remember this for rest of my life. Wonderful out of this world.


  93. Ede Poly Courses
    Sep 7, 2018 @ 6:44 pm

    This is the most motivational article I’ll ever read! Its amazing.


  94. Victoria
    Oct 11, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

    Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say. Wow…and thank you.


  95. Mansal Denton
    Oct 15, 2018 @ 8:05 am

    I just read about this through James Altucher and I couldn’t be anymore excited. Thank you so much for what you have done sharing all of this information with the world.

    It’s inspiring to see someone so focused on sharing what might be a hard story to help others. Keep it up!


  96. Robert Smith
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 12:26 am

    Thanks once again for sharing your valuable thoughts.


  97. Melraj Rahma
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 1:12 am

    Waw! only this time I read the writing that really made me think upside down. All this time I have lived enough. Perfect and can do anything I like. But unfortunately I am not grateful for what I have today. You really inspired me, and many people read this article. Believe me, behind the difficulties you receive now will pay off with a special gift from God.


  98. Jenny Swartz
    Nov 2, 2018 @ 8:01 am

    This article is very heart touching and emotional, brought tears to my eyes because I had a cousin who was facing the same issues. Very motivational.


  99. Gabriel
    Nov 6, 2018 @ 5:44 pm

    That was amazing dear you are so inspiring….i love It you just bless my soul


  100. M Kumar
    Nov 17, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

    Superb and life changing article.
    Your life story infact very practical that one can and must apply to his or her life no matter how bad the situation or life be.
    Truly life changing article.
    Hats off to you.
    Keep posting and motivating us.


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