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Book Review Decide Success

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I have to tell you I love your book and it is already helping me. When I read it, my intention was just to read it…I had no idea I would want to practice what you preach and teach! It is powerful, let me tell you.

Why???

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

My mother had said to me hundreds of times, “Everything happens for the best.” Almost a year after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s sitting in her living room having casual conversation, her favorite commentary changed. “Well, remember John, everything happens for a reason.” What had always been the “best” was now a mediocre “reason”, solemn and unexplainable “reason”? When I confronted her about it, she reluctantly explained, “I can’t imagine that your Parkinson’s Disease is for the best.” I felt a sudden rush. I didn’t know it then, but I had been looking for something to inspire me. Right then and there I made the decision to give her optimistic “best” back. Somehow, some way, I would make my having Parkinson’s “for the best.” The fog and denial that I had been living in started to lift. I felt a purpose. That’s why I wrote this book. I was a successful student and professional. The same principles and steps I used to develop my life then applies equally to living life to the fullest after a life-changing event. Your own medical condition or one of a loved one, personal loss, change in your job or even relationship situation can suddenly stop you in your tracks and change the your life as you had known it to be. It does not have to break you. You can make it “for the best”.

If you think that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is the best thing that happened to me. The answer is no. Having unlimited amount of money, traveling the world first class, having and occasional dinner with my favorite Red Sox player, Carl Yastrzemski, that could be the best thing that could happen to me. But you could ask how can anyone be so upbeat? Be so optimistic? Knowing they have an incurable, progressive, neurologic, debilitating disease? At 41 years young?” Is it possible for someone to have had a “so called” great life with a successful career in the field that he loves, in a life style that he loves, suddenly taken away from him. Yet remain uninterrupted. Strong. Happy. Almost superhuman. That answer is a definite “yes,” but most of the time. Sometimes I get sad. I am pissed off at times. I sometimes feel scared. I know what the long-term looks like. I have seen people diagnosed with Parkinson’s “not doing so well.” It would be a lie if I said I didn’t put myself in those shoes for a millisecond. At times, I need to lean on my Bernadette. Reminding myself to “Let go and let God.” I have to force myself to bring my focus back to what is now and follow my “life purpose.” Then I can be the person you see in my inspirational talks. The voice you hear when you read my book, DECIDE SUCCESS: You Ain’t Dead Yet. The person you talk to one-on-one and look to for hope. The enthusiastic, passionate and inspirational person who is John Baumann. It’s through pain and fear that builds a warrior. That’s why you fight. There is not a person throughout history that made a difference who did not have to fight. I see the fear in the eyes of the people in my audiences. They want to fight, but need guidance to find their mission. They find peace in my words of hope. I am determined to make my Parkinson’s “for the best” and I will succeed. Make the decision. DECIDE SUCCESS. I live the title of my book. And, by the way, I ain’t dead yet.

DECIDE SUCCESS is not just another inspirational storybook or a self-help book loaded with clichés. It uses short stories to bring the success principles to life, engaging imagery. I have dedicated my life to inspiring, explaining my twelve action steps to achieve the success you truly desire to, and bringing hope to as many people as possible.

Decide Success Book Testimonial

Monday, June 18th, 2012

John,

I will be sure to keep my eyes and ears open for any opportunities for you to speak. I have blown through about half of the book. I have enjoyed it so far….you weren’t kidding when you said it was an easy read. Very smooth in the delivery of the “life lessons”. Actually feel like I am sitting in the room listening to your story. Not a big reader, but when I picked up your book and started reading, the pages were flipping like crazy.

I was serious when I mentioned the fact that I felt like I was sitting down with you as part of the discussion. I have always said the best writers are the ones who make you feel like you are living the story in real time. Just felt very comfortable. Great skill to possess…one I am sure has served you well throughout your life.

Jimmy Ford
Director, Conn Legacy Society

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DECIDE SUCCESS rave reviews

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Hi John:
I was delighted to receive your package in the mail with a copy of your “Decide Success” book in it. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and life experiences with the world—what a gift you have given others. I found many parts of the book resonate with my own experiences and beliefs. Last week I had just guest lectured for a class on Higher Ed Leadership and shared my leadership journey with them, and your book was aligned with so many of the same concepts and ideas I shared.

I assume you do presentations and other formats for sharing your journey and wisdom. Again—that is a gift.

Thanks for sharing your gift with me,
Patty

Patricia R. Payette, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Ideas to Action
Associate Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
244 Ekstrom Library
2301 S. Third St.
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40208-1802

Book Testimonial

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I read your DECIDE SUCCESS (12 Action Steps) book. It was GREAT. It helped me find light when I was in a dark place towards the end of the semester. Thank you. I hope you had a good break.

John Wimsett

Testimonial on Decide Success

Monday, December 12th, 2011

I want to thank you for blessing me with the gift of your book this past Sunday. I have nearly finished it already. Once I started reading I simply could not put it down. You may not know that I had serious open heart surgery in 2007. Our family had joined St. Francis of Assisi and I had already been coaching football at St. X for a few years by then. I just want you to know that I have found your book to be a personal inspiration and as usual; the fact that you shared it with me represents another intervention by the Holy Spirit in my life. The message that I am getting from the Holy Spirit and you is, “You ain’t dead yet!”.

I have tell you that I smiled when I read about the importance “Intensity” plays in one’s decision to succeed. I probably had that ear to ear grin like the Grinch when he discovered love. I smiled because you used Celtic Football coaching as an example of intense desire to succeed. You may not know that I actually talked Mark and Mike Meiners into having our coaching retreats. I planned and organized them to first be held at my Father-in-law’s condo at Lake Cumberland. I think they initially saw it as a water skiing / bonding trip but were pleasantly surprised when I brought dry erase boards and books and videos on various offense and defense strategies. The meetings were so successful, so much fun, and such a “team” building experience that they continued even after I left. I love the fact that I shared that experience with you and all the men I coached with at St. Patrick. I cannot argue if someone were to say that our passion for the team and the growth of the kids actually represented an obsessive compulsive disorder at times. :-) Nevertheless; there is no doubt that we all brought intensity and “will” to our efforts and I truly believe that the boys learned multiple life lessons as a result of your influence and all of our coaches at the time. Thank you for sharing our experiences with your readers as an example of intense desire and focused effort to be successful.

God bless you and your family John.

You definitely “Ain’t Dead Yet”!

Your friend,

Rick Rayome

Kindle version of DECIDE SUCCESS now available on Amazon

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

DECIDE SUCCESS helps real people deal with life-changing events and provides 12 Action Steps for them to Live Life to the Fullest. For me, it was Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe young age of 41. For others, it may be another disease, an injury, loss of a job, lose of a loved one, etc.

DECIDE SUCCESS is just as applicable to a student, someone starting out in the workforce or even someone taking up a new sport or hobby.

I am happy to announce that the Kindle version is now available at Amazon and you can still purchase the book at TheInspiringEsquire.com or through Amazon.com

I will be signing books and making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to stop by if you are in the area.

John

Baumann interviewed on Decide Success

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

http://podcast.den.liquidcompass.net/mgt/podcast/podcast.php?podcast_id=76523&encoder_id=110&event_id=502

Excitement Builds

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Good Morning John,

Just wanted to reply to this very touching note you sent at the beginning of the month. It is ironic because I passed this exact story on our 20 years ago when teaching business managers and executives for the companies I worked for. One of the areas that I worked in just happens to be there in your part of the country. But over the years I had stopped telling it and let it slip from my mind until I received your email. So thank you very much for passing it along and keeping the spirit alive. I also want to congratulate you on the the two books and I will be looking forward to reading them when they hit the shelves.

Sincerely,

Bernie Snead

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

One day a man saw a old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help.. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pinto was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, ‘I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.’

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire.. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window a and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.

Bryan never thought twice about being paid.

This was not a job to him.. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, ‘And think of me..’

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip h home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan ..

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door.. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: ‘You don’t owe me anything.. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.’

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the note.

Money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard……

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, ‘Every thing’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.’

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Parkinsons Speaker

Monday, January 10th, 2011

John,

I just finished listening to your CD. Thanks so much for sending it. As it goes, it came at a perfect time. I was interviewed by a local reporter here in Baton Rouge about my attendance at the Institute. The photographer took a lot of shots at my Yoga class. I have the pre 15 minutes of fame jitters. It’s scheduled to appear in the Wed. 1/12 edition, people section. If you want to look for it, it’s The Advocate.

Also, I’m happy to say the ball is rolling for dance classes in B.R. for PWP’s. And, I made a great connection with a researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a well-respected research facility here in B.R. I am advocating for clinical study re Yoga and Parkinson’s. I will certainly keep my eyes open for possible speaking engagements.
Thanks again for the Inspiration…
May your New Year be as Peaceable as Possible.
Carol Harrison

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