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A Candid Conversation with Nealon Hightower
SIX SIMPLE TRUTHS TO FAT RELEASE;
How I Let Go of More than 100 Pounds the Easy Way
Carrie: What inspired you to write Six Simple Truths to Fat Release?
Nealon: Well, Inspired is definitely the right word. After years of fighting with my weight, winning sometimes only to end up losing even bigger, I came to a place of quiet desperation and I finally surrendered to the battle and let my heart guide me to find a permanent solution to my lifelong problem. I vowed to teach the gift to others if I could find the path. I did and I am.
Carrie: What are you reading right now?
Nealon: I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Marianne Williamson’s new book, A Course in Weight Loss. I feel as though she is going to hit on a lot of very relevant information, though I am still a little disappointed that she is still referring to the term “Weight Loss”.
Carrie: What’s wrong with weight loss, didn’t you lose over 100lbs?
Nealon: This is the major differentiation between my book and most others out there. I very strongly feel, no…I know that weight loss is not the most effective approach. You lose your keys, your job, your home, your dog but you
“Fascinating insights into the ways that successful people have not only overcome adversity but made a friend and ally out of it. This book offers readers a great opportunity to consider how they will emerge from the major challenges we face individually and as a society. Griswell and Jennings have a deep understanding of the experiences of success arising from adversity, and their observations are unique and encouraging to us all.” David J. Skorton, President, Cornell University
“As Griswell and Jennings point out, there really is no substitute for hard work. We have to build endurance of character the same way we build endurance of speed or strength, and it always pays off.” Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Fame Player, Businessman, and Coach
Carrie: How did you become interested in writing a book on dealing with adversity?
Bob: A little context is in order to give you the full answer. Barry and I come from extremely different backgrounds. Barry is from Atlanta and I am from Des Moines. He comes from a really tough background where money was extremely tight; I’m from a middle-class family. He received his undergrad from Berry College in Rome, GA and his master’s from Stetson University in Florida. I have an engineering degree from Iowa State and received my master’s from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Out of college he went into financial services, I went into construction sales.
Over a number of years we each moved our families numerous times, Barry in the south and eastern US and me to South America, Texas, and the West Coast. We first crossed paths about 18 years ago when we relocated to Des Moines while pursuing our careers. We, along with our spouses, became close friends socially and playing competitive tennis together, but there was no real business connection other than we were each leading and growing sales organizations for world-class companies—Barry for Principal Financial Group and me for EFCO, companies we both would eventually lead. From time to time we would compare notes, things like compensation and benefits, employee training, and sales methods.
Given that we were each growing sales organizations there became one area that was extremely important to us and that was employee and agent recruitment, selection and retention. We talked about this on a number of occasions, and we noticed an interesting thing: if there was one marker that we felt would predict a person’s ability to be successful in our organizations, it was a demonstrated ability to overcome adversity. Our own backgrounds and career experiences, different as they were, supported our observation. Even though Barry and I would not compare notes again on this subject for more than ten years, we each employed it in our respective company’s methods for locating and bringing along those with this all-important identification marker.
Now fast forward to the year 2003, when my co-author was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association, which recognizes and honors people who’ve come from humble beginnings and gone on to great success. The Association inducts ten new members a year and includes the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Craig Barrett of Intel, George Foreman, Bob Hope, Wayne Huizenga, Colin Powell, President Ronald Reagan, Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and Oprah Winfrey. The marker of overcoming adversity was once again in front of us, and we heard some very incredible stories.
Now, having so much affirmation of what we had thought and felt for many years, we decided to research and document in a book how the experiential learning gained from overcoming life’s worst experiences could catapult an individual to incredible success.
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WWII German POWs and Baseball ~ Quite honestly, not subjects this gal would usually pick for a read…I’m so glad I did and I encourage you to do the same. Don’t just pick it up, give it as a gift this Father’s Day weekend.Playing with the Enemy is truly a story about second chances, not only in baseball, but in life. It doesn’t have the fairytale ending you may expect, but ultimately one much richer. Talking with Gary Moore, the author of Playing with the Enemy, was refreshing. He’s a humble man who has honored his father by telling his secret life story. Imagine being a teenage boy, finding a letter in your dad’s sock drawer proving he’d been signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates—and being sworn to silence—the subject never broached again until just before that father passes away.
Playing with the Enemy, is being produced into a movie by Gerald R. Molen (Schindler’s List, Jurrasic Park, Rain Man) and Toby Moore (CSI: Miami, Law & Order), Gary’s son, will play Gene Moore, Gary’s father. Gary even gets to dabble his toes in acting and play the part of his grandfather. “It’s become a conversation between generations,” Gary says about the experience, “and I feel truly blessed.”
Playing with the Enemy is not just about baseball. It’s about redemption and relationships. Reading this book and hearing Gary’s story from his own lips, encourages reflection of relationship. Don’t let another day pass without telling your loved ones What You Need to Say…before it’s too late.
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The following Words To Mouth friends have won free books:
- Ann – Kate Jacobs, Friday Night Knitting Club
- Anne – Mary Kay Andrews, Deep Dish
- Andrea H. – Carolyn Ellis, 7 Pitfalls of Single Parenting
- Carol L. – Debbie Gisonni, Vita’s Will
- Jody L. – A.M. Homes, The Mistress’s Daughter
- Kristi N. – Debbie Gisonni, The Goddess of Happiness
- Rochelle M. – Kate Jacobs, Friday Night Knitting Club
- Tina F. – Mary Kay Andrews, Deep Dish
- Marsha C. – Kate Jacobs, Friday Night Knitting Club
- Robin D. – Kaira Sturdivant–Rouda, Real You Incorporated
- Eileen D. – Debbie Gisonni, The Goddess of Happiness AND Vita’s Will
I entered your name for the specific books you listed in the subject heading of your email. Some people listed two books and some wrote “ALL,” so they were entered in a few different contests and some people won two books! CONGRATULATIONS!! If you entered for a specific book, but now want me to put your name in the hat for ALL future drawings, just send me a quick email. For example, I’ve got a few copies of Kate Jacobs’ new book, Comfort Food, that I’d think you folks who put your name in for FNKC would be interested in, but I don’t want to assume…
I promise there are NO strings attached to winning, but I’d appreciate you commenting on the book on the Words To Mouth website once you read it.
I’m sure the author’s would appreciate you writing a review on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-Million websites—whichever you prefer (tell ‘em you won the book on Words To Mouth). But, again, NO pressure—I know we’re all busy and some people love reading, yet hate writing, so if that feels like a pain, don’t do it ~ just thought I’d throw it out as an idea to help authors.
I will be drawing names for the following books next:
- Jenifer Fox – Your Child’s Strengths
- Kate Jacobs – Advance copies of Comfort Food (& matching tote bag)
- Gary Seigel – The Mouth Trap
- Phillips, Linney, Pack – Safe School Ambassadors (Interview Coming Soon)
- Kaira Sturdivant Rouda – Real You Incorporated
This time, I’m asking folks to enter by doing one of the following:
- Leave a comment on the Words To Mouth website—under any book/interview of your choice,
- Write a brief review for Words To Mouth on iTunes, or
- Take the easy way out and send me an email with the title of the book (or “All”) in the subject heading,
Subscribe to Words To Mouth (link on my website) It’s really simple to do, just click on the GREEN music note (iTunes) or ORANGE button (other podcatchers) above my photo and you’ll get the show delivered automatically to your computer, so you can listen wherever and whenever you want.
If you enter one of the top two ways, I’m going to enter your name TWICE in the drawing. For those of you who do both of the top two ways, your name goes in twice for each method for a total of FOUR times. Of course, if you choose the top two options, please shoot me an email, so I know how to get a hold of you if you win! For you busy folks who just send me an email—that works, too—you’ll just have your name entered once. That’s fair, right?
**I’ve got 2 more copies of The 7 Pitfalls of Singe Parenting, which is obviously a book for a specific audience. If you know of anyone who is separated or divorced w/kids and may be interested in receiving this book, send me an email and I’ll put your name in the hat. If you win, you can give them the book as a gift ~ I’ll never tell!