Beyond these practical but profound phrases, DeVos delivers an inspiring message of building hope that resonates in the heart of every human being. Your decision to live with a positive attitude can change your life, your community, even the world. Start today with one small phrase: You can do it.
Few people embody the American entrepreneurial spirit as plainly as Rich DeVos. A prominent businessman, self-made billionaire, philanthropist, worldwide speaker, bestselling author, family man, and devout Christian, DeVos not only helped create Amway, one of the world’s biggest companies, but he did it from the ground up with his deep faith in God guiding the way and keeping his hopes alive. Now after the success of his bestselling books in business, DeVos reveals his personal story.
Born to poor Dutch immigrants in rural Michigan during the Depression, DeVos learned about the importance of leadership and partnership. His grandfather, father, and teachers taught him valuable lessons and key principles about faith, optimism, and perseverance that would guide his entire life. In high school, he befriended Jay Van Andel, who later became his business partner. Together, they created a whole new way to sell products and established one of the largest, most successful companies in the world. DeVos also talks about his marriage and family, his experiences as a motivational speaker, his ownership of the NBA basketball team Orlando Magic, and his philanthropic, religious, and political endeavors.
Inspiring, fascinating, and full of heart, Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway is the astonishing rags-to-riches story that few can tell. Through his amazing accomplishments as both a businessman and generous soul, DeVos reveals the true meaning of success and how his deep faith helped him become a true American icon.
"My neighbor, Frank McKinney, is certainly a maverick and a spiritually grounded young man. The oceanfront homes he builds here in Florida are magnificent and unique. More important, Frank's life and the contributions he makes to his community and the world illustrate how a successful businessman can do well while doing good. The principles in Frank McKinney's Maverick Approach to Real Estate Success represent a road map of his achievements--a proven strategy for succeeding not just in real estate, but also in the business of life."
--Rich DeVos, cofounder of Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic
"If you're ready to make big profits in real estate, then read, absorb, and use the brilliance of Frank McKinney."
--Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire
"Frank McKinney's book is an excellent how-to guide to earning real estate profits by using McKinney's maverick formulas to find undervalued real estate with profit potential. McKinney is different. This isn't another how-to-get-rich-in-real-estate book. Instead, it is the lively success story of a real estate maverick. McKinney reveals his simple strategies, with intriguing personal profit examples that explain how his repeatable techniques work over and over."
--Robert J. Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist
"If Hollywood were casting the role of a maverick who started with very little and went from a $50,000 fixer-upper to a $100 million mansion, they would choose Frank McKinney. Frank McKinney's Maverick Approach to Real Estate Success represents his approach to life. He decided to apply that approach to real estate and look what happened!"
--Kendra Todd, winner of The Apprentice
Doug DeVos, Presidente, Amway Global Corporation
"Frank es la persona más talentosa que conozco. Él es un gran padre, un socio leal y amigo.La historia de su vida de logros es único. Como orador público de sentido común en todo el mundo sobre "el éxito y el fracaso” inspira y puede infl uir en las personas para conquistar y para ganar en la vida... y ahora, como un autor.esta historia de su vida es un deber leer."
Dr. Leif Johnson, fundador y Presidente de LBJ internacional
"La historia personal de Frank Morales de la pobreza a la prosperidad en cada área de su vida a través del poder de las relaciones sirve como fuente de inspiración a todas las personas. Dentro encontrará pepitas de valentía y perseverancia para ayudarle en su búsqueda de tu sueño." Julio Melara, autor, Publisher y emprendedor "Se toma una visión y un esfuerzo coherente para realizar tanto en lavida como lo hizo Frank Él ha afectado a muchas vidas de una manera positiva y productiva. También sabemos que detrás de cada hombre exitoso, hay una mujer fuerte, y que ella es su esposa Barbara. Sabemos que es la verdad de primera mano,porque son nuestros padres".
Dr. Charles A. Macias, hijo y Co-Author, ‘www.Operación Legacy.com’ y Denice Morales Kennedy, hija y socia.
RAW TALKS WITH WISDOM – Not Your Grandma’s Devo isn’t normal devotional material in the traditional sense. Yes, it’s packed with scripture and teaching, but it wasn’t necessarily written to "church people." It’s targeted to reach a broader audience.
Mike explains, “While writing these devos, I was also doing a lot of traveling and mentoring to young missionaries on the field who were asking hard questions about institutional religion. The people with which I share spiritual community don’t talk or act like uptight church people. They want the truth and they want it straight⎯no wimps allowed. I like that.” Thus, the title: RAW TALKS WITH WISDOM – Not Your Grandma’s Devo.
One of the objectives of this devotional is that the Lord will speak to you through these lessons. Mike has always gained wisdom and perspective by reading scripture and devotionals, but more important has been how the Holy Spirit has tailored each lesson to fit his own personal life. And the Holy Spirit will do the same for you if you will allow Him! It doesn’t really mean anything unless we can practically apply truth to the joys and tears of the now.
“If all you come away with after working through these devotionals is more knowledge, then you’d have to really evaluate if it was worth the investment. Take it to another level, beyond mere theology and theory, into the realms of practical reality stuff you can wear, taste, and feel. It helps for you to know He gave you revelation,” says Mike.
It dawned on Mike one day that our relationships with the Lord should always be raw. He says he was “stuck in the rut of religious activity” for far too long! He’s glad to report that what he has with the Lord now feels very real, relaxed, and extremely relevant.
He says, “I live and work in a culture that is filled with young and old ideas. I have definitely mellowed over the years and learned how to slow down. I think this season is teaching me to be more focused on the stuff that actually counts, and to be able to say 'it,' whatever ‘it’ really is, without apology and with serious conviction.”
The author admits, “I’m not a theologian, and I know that. So there is no use in my trying to be one. I’m a weird mixture of stuff with a rich experience of failure and profound grace. RAW TALKS WITH WISDOM – Not Your Grandma’s Devo is a title that feels like me, and gives some sense of the non-traditional approach of the devo. It gives me permission to be myself and say things like I really do.”
The angels may not sing along to every single one of these devotionals for you. But maybe, just maybe, some of it will help someone, somewhere, turn and embrace the RAW truth of God’s unwavering love and tangible wisdom.
Amway started in 1959 as a way for people to earn extra money selling soap and cosmetics. Today, it has recaptured the public's attention largely because of an extensive print and broadcast campaign featuring the Quixtar name-with ads saying "you know us as Amway."
Amway Forever chronicles the amazing inside story of this global business phenomenon. Page by page, it explores the history of Amway and its remarkable resurgence around the world. From how the company began and its growing pains in the 70's and 80's to its recent online revival, this book explores how Amway has survived and thrived over the past fifty years.Delves into how innovation has led to Amway's growth into an international powerhouse Reveals Amway's pioneering marketing tactics and sales strategies Offers an historic perspective, as well as a contemporary look, at how the company has evolved
Engaging and informative, Amway Forever is a must-read for anyone interested in this company's unique business model and buzzworthy emergence into a global success.
"When your greatest talent intersects with your greatest passion," says Williams, "you have discovered your sweet spot in life." It's the spot that will result in the greatest personal success and satisfaction and the greatest impact on the world. Williams shows readers how to
- identify their greatest talent
- pursue their greatest passion
- multiply their efforts through teamwork
Readers will discover how to maximize their natural gifting, focus their enthusiasm, and leverage their talent and passion into a lifetime of success.
Tim O'Day, Disney Scholar
"How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walt's memory and an important contribution to the Disney legacy . . . Now more than ever, we need people with the qualities Walt had: optimism, imagination, creativity, leadership, integrity, courage, boldness, perseverance, commitment to excellence, reverence for the past, hope for tomorrow, and faith in God."
How to Be Like is a "character biography" series: biographies that also draw out important lessons from the life of their subjects. In this new book-by far the most exhaustive in the series-Pat Williams tackles one of the most influential people in recent history.
While many recent biographies of Walt Disney have reveled in the negative, this book takes an honest but positive look at the man behind the myth. For the first time, the book pulls together all the various strands of Disney's life into one straightforward, easy-to-read tale of imagination, perseverance, and optimism. Far from a preachy or oppressive tome, this book scrapes away the minutiae to capture the true magic of a brilliant maverick.
For nearly twenty years, John Wooden ran scores of summer youth basketball camps in California and other states, imparting wisdom and teaching skills to thousands of boys and girls between the ages of eight and fifteen. Most would not grow up to play professional or even college ball, but all of them found their lives changed by their interaction with the greatest coach who ever lived. In those camps, Coach Wooden also impacted hundreds of camp counselors and assistant coaches. This one-of-a-kind new book shares their inspiring stories and six fundamental lessons for a life of success and an unforgettable impact on others.
When Ronald Reagan was called to the podium by President Ford during the 1976 Republican National Convention, he had no prepared remarks. But the unrehearsed speech he gave that night is still regarded as one of the most moving speeches of his political career. The reason he was able to give such a powerful speech on a moment's notice was that he was proclaiming the core principles of his heart and soul, which he had been teaching and preaching for years.
The New Reagan Revolution reveals new insights into the life, thoughts, and actions of the man who changed the world during the 1980s. The challenges and threats we face today are eerily similar to the conditions in the world before the beginning of the Reagan era. The good news is that we already know what works. Ronald Reagan has given us the blueprint. This book is not merely a diagnosis of our nation's ills, but a prescription to heal our nation, rooted in the words and principles of Ronald Reagan. In these pages, you'll find a plan for returning America to its former greatness, soundness, and prosperity. It's the plan Ronald Reagan developed over years of study, observation, and reflection. It's a plan he announced to the nation, straight from his heart, one summer evening during America's 200th year. It's the plan he put into action during his eight years in office as the most effective president of the 20th century, and it is the plan we can use today to help return America to its former greatness, soundness, and prosperity.
“Timeless in implication, eternal in application.”
“You are a blessing and a master encourager, much like Barnabas must have been. Those of us with lessor skills need your gentle words, and the faithful nudging that comes from your heart to ours...” – Perry V.
“It never ceases to amaze me how God has a message for His people and that message is preached from different men, in different places at the same time -- truly the Holy Spirit is the only way.” – Judy S., CA
“Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in such a beautiful way. There are times that I stumble across your Devos and it is so profound and transforming! God is using you mighty to heal and bring life to HIS word.” – Ashley F. - Missionary, Costa Rica
Be true to yourself
Make friendship a fine art
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
Make each day your masterpiece
Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day
These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness--and his goodness. Through powerful stories and pithy advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful. This inspirational and conversational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate readers to build these principles into their own lives.
Now Michael Reagan has gathered a wonderful collection of his father’s public and private words, providing a close-up portrait of our fortieth president. From hilarious one-liners to eloquent letters to intimate family moments, these selections depict Ronald Reagan in all his many roles—as a world leader, conservative icon, orator, actor, and father. Complemented by Michael Reagan’s personal and insightful commentary on his father’s life, The Common Sense of an Uncommon Man will delight you, inspire you, and motivate you to finish the job Ronald Reagan began—rebuilding the American dream.
Grass Roots is a no-nonsense instruction manual that explains exactly what you can do. Scott Hennen—host and founder of the innovative Common Sense Club radio program—shows how everyday Americans just like you are making a difference for our country’s future. This down-to-earth handbook gives you clear, practical, effective actions you can take to preserve the American dream for your children and grandchildren.
President Ronald Reagan once said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Today, most Americans struggle just to keep food on the dinner table. We are staggering under a crushing burden of big government, out-of-control spending, and towering federal debt. We have become tax slaves—and the people we sent to Washington to represent us are the very ones who sold us there.
We’re angry—and rightly so. But ruling-class politicians have shrugged off our grassroots anger, calling it “Astroturf.” We’re tired of being ignored, patronized, and lied to by the very people who are supposed to be our “public servants.” Not since the original Boston Tea Party of 1773 have so many everyday Americans participated in such a significant display of righteous indignation and freedom-loving patriotism. For the first time in generations, ordinary hardworking, church-going Americans are carrying signs, gathering in large numbers, and making their voices heard.
Big government, beware. A sleeping giant has awakened.
Scott Hennen has drawn up a practical blueprint for change, a handbook for all of us who are ready to roll up our sleeves and do our part to restore America’s goodness—and greatness. Grass Roots is a political manifesto for every American who loves liberty and cares enough to get involved.
After a routine checkup, his doctor told Williams he had multiple myeloma, a rare and incurable blood cancer. Calling on his faith and fighting spirit, Pat's mantra became "The mission is remission." After a stem cell treatment and rounds of chemotherapy, he succeeded in the fight of his life: the myeloma can no longer be detected.
Williams shares his story and the six essential healing factors that helped him win his battle. He reveals how he was buoyed by faith, family, and a different kind of defensive team--his doctors. With pragmatic and motivating tips, plus advice from other cancer survivors, Playing to Win will be an empowering resource for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. Today, in addition to his work with the Orlando Magic, Pat spends many hours on the board of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, responding to emails and taking calls from others affected by cancer. He is a master motivator, change agent, and champion at heart; this is his rallying cry to inspire, educate, and lead others on to victory.
This study of a cartel brings together two levels of analysis that are normally kept separate; international cooperation, and national organization, and demonstrates how each affected the other. It is based on a comprehensive review of a wide range of archival sources which are sufficiently rich and frank that they provide an insider’s sense of how a cartel actually worked.
The Inside Track to Raising Kids.
Most of us find raising one, two…or maybe three or four children to be challenging enough. The idea of parenting a half dozen seems almost crazy, and more children than that–impossible. But Pat and Ruth Williams have together raised (and are continuing to raise) nineteen kids. More importantly, they’ve not just survived the process–they’ve loved it!
What do they know that the rest of us don’t? What does it take to make a family of any size not only work, but thrive? After bringing up nineteen kids–as biological parents, adoptive parents, single parents, and step-parents–Pat and Ruth Williams have gained a volume of insights and experience that will enrich your home, strengthen your family, and help you be the parent you want to be. Inside you’ll find counsel that really works–whether you’re raising one child, one dozen (or more), or any number in between.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The story you've shared for generations across the holiday table, the moment you stopped to connect as you rushed out the door, or the pickup game of ball—it's oftentimes the things we take for granted or bypass altogether in the fast pace of life.
As parents, we try to teach our children important lessons—but are usually left wondering, Is anything I'm saying getting through? As children, we tend to think our parents' advice is old school and doesn't apply to our lives. But guess what? They were listening, and it does apply.
In The Takeaway, Pat Williams, father of nineteen multicultural children and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, and his daughter Karyn, a rising music star, remind us of twenty simple, yet essential, truths for living a happy and fulfilled life. These memorable jewels of wisdom are lessons for all time that everyone can take away and apply to their lives. Practical and profound, this straightforward book can change your life for the better!