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A Book To Turbocharge Your Life

Have you ever felt stuck in life? And disappointed about the way things are going?

The dreams you imagined for yourself have not yet come to fruition. Why not? What’s truly holding you back?

“The real obstacle to fulfillment is the way we’re thinking about ourselves, our limiting beliefs,” says health and prosperity coach Chris Salem, a renowned corporate strategist and keynote speaker who offers a powerful program for aligning health and wealth.

In his bestselling book, Master Your Inner Critic, the former sales executive-turned wellness advocate reveals the secrets to turbo-charging every aspect of life.

He directs our attention to what he calls the 8 Pillars Of Wellness: social, emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, intellectual, occupational, and environmental.

For example, if we’re not hitting home runs in our love lives, finances, or careers, why not?

“Inevitably, the force holding us back,” says Salem, “is not fate or bad luck or lack of talent or opportunity. The obstacle  is limiting beliefs,” unconscious negative messages absorbed in childhood that persist into adulthood affecting everything we do.


In his revealing book and in seminars, Salem shows you how to pinpoint the “root cause” of that limitation, usually a childhood event or a relationship with a parent or authoritative figure. What happened back then must be understood and healed in order for us to thrive today.

“Otherwise,” he says, “we live on autopilot, plagued by negative emotions like anger, shame, guilt, jealousy, envy, or any combination.”

In fact, he notes, “we often recreate situations to re-experience those same feelings without even realizing we’re doing it.”

In Salem’s case, he used to get angry very easily, triggered by traffic or almost any life situation that irritated him. Eventually, he discovered that the ROOT CAUSE of his own limitation was the unresolved anger and resentment he felt for his father, which was being sublimated onto others.

To assuage the pain of feeling it,  he battled drug and alcohol addiction for 12 years. Ultimately, it was only through a combination of 12-Step recovery programs, Eastern meditation, and journaling that he finally healed his childhood demons and recovered in order to fulfill his greatest potential.

Happiness today with wife Maria and son CJ


“So often, our inner critic is thwarting our happiness,” he says. “What we need to develop is our inner champion, that positive voice that reinforces the best in us, encouraging us forward in life to create the consistent habits and discipline that lead to prosperity.”

As a master of emotional intelligence, Salem nowadays brings these kinds of insights into companies in order to enhance workplace engagement and communication and company morale too.

As a committed dad who realizes the profound impact of parenthood, he has also co-partnered to create a revolutionary movement called Empowered Fathers In Action. Read all about it here. It boosts the spirit and morale of every father and child.

But most important, it’s your own morale that counts today, so register for the next seminar Chris is giving—or invite him into your company. In the meantime, check out his radio podcast, DISCOVER YOUR TALENT, DO YOU WHAT YOU LOVE.

A Happy Father And Son

Chris can be the positive voice in your ear–the coach, the dad, the mentor you’ve always wanted.

Writing Your Family Story

My Dad and me

Fathers and sons can be incredibly close, the connection between them the most powerful bond in the world.

But when I was growing up, I was actually closer to my mom–because Dad was almost never home, instead consumed by his business, a popular men’s and boy’s clothing store.

We understood his absences, but I think he regretted it. In fact, this beautiful letter from Dad to me recently fell out of a scrapbook, and said it all:

Backstage at ABC studios

His apparent guilt was truly unwarranted because I still felt his love in a myriad of ways: The affectionate brush of his hand across my cheek;  bending down to teach me how to make a tie; taking me skiing on Sundays; the way he carefully fitted my clothes at his store; getting me my first car and driving me to college; and standing backstage with me years later at a TV appearance.

As the years passed, and my career as an author developed, he was incredibly proud: “Glenn,” he’d tell me, “I don’t know how you do it. You’re great.” He was always encouraging me, strategizing about business deals, believing in me, providing that magic potion called unconditional love.

Toward the end of his life, when he was almost 98, as a tough-minded Marine whose slogan was “adapt and overcome,” he was still working out at the gym and driving his car, getting back and forth to the parking lot by using a power chair. A total inspiration. We talked almost every day. And without him now, left behind is a huge vacuum that will never be filled.

Joseph and Jared Cohen

I really miss him. So seeing his letter reminded me of a brilliant new book that captures the depth of a father son relationship. It’s called:  Write Father, Write Son: A Bond-Building Journey. It’s a series of poignant letters from father to son, written over a period of a decade, filled with fatherly advice and words of wisdom, messages from the heart.

The attentive Dad,  journalist Joseph Cohen, shows his son, Jared, how to develop as a man, writing candid notes that provide takeaway values and lessons. As each year passes, Joe  skillfully steers an adolescent boy into becoming a sensitive young man of integrity. Every boy in America needs a Dad like Joe.

Beyond the book, Joe has also co-created a revolutionary movement called Empowered Fathers in Action, a cutting edge non-profit designed to impact the connection of fathers and sons, and in the process empower young men to contribute to their communities. With a solid relationship to Dad, they feel better about themselves, and thus happier in life.

Christopher Salem and Davey Williams

In this, Joe has partnered with renowned prosperity coach, Christopher Salem, the author of Master Your Inner Critic,  who is the CEO and Co-Founder of EFA. Also on board is speaker and coach Davey Williams, Jr. the charismatic Director of Community Relations for the EFA. It’s a powerful trio of talent.







Why am I so interested? As we all know, boys today are bombarded with social media and impossible expectations, crushed by a competitive vibe that begins in kindergarten.

Through it all, the anchor of Dad can be profoundly stabilizing.In fact, one principal reason I support EFA is their commitment to reducing bullying incidents and decreasing the rates of teenage suicide and school shootings across the world.

What could be more important than that? I can tell you that, as a kid, I was traumatized in school by bullies, often humiliated in gym class, so I totally relate to the power of fatherly support, which can boost  self-confidence and lead to better self-esteem. The masculine influence is vital.

Joe, Chris, and Davey are true pioneers in a movement that will touch every father and son in America, motivating us all to watch closely over those we love the most.

An Autobiography To Be Remembered

Sometimes you can write an entire book about just ONE friend, and I know the perfect person–the ebullient Bud Klauber, a 96-year-old who is the youngest person I know.

He’s nicknamed Broadway Bud by those familiar with his passion for theater, which started in the l920’s! (And he’s not missed a single major production since.) His other passions range from art and music to baseball and travel (especially cruises, more than 20 of them), not to mention volunteering for decades on the GMHC AIDS Hotline.

In short, he’s thrown himself into life and he’s done it with style.

Having spoken to him almost every day for the last 20 years, I can tell you that he’s almost always in a great mood. That’s why I once wrote an article for Family Circle magazine titled WHAT MAKES HAPPY PEOPLE HAPPY.

In it, Bud shares the true secrets to happiness, which include gratitude and passionate involvement in life, always concentrating on the positive:

“We all have more gifts than defects,” he says wisely. “The secret is maximizing them.”

As a retired fashion executive who worked with U.S. First Ladies, he’s typically dapper in a snappy bow-tie and a wide smile. Although he has faced divorce, alcoholism, and a bout with cancer, the native New Yorker has an upbeat, uncomplaining nature.



“Keeping my attitude up is from training,” he says. “It’s something I learned at an early age from my mother, a very practical, grateful woman, who lived to be 97. Neither she nor my father would tolerate much complaining. So I wasn’t brought up with pessimism or a lot of whining.”

On a cruise reading KATIE!

Happiness, he says, is fostered by being around those who have a positive outlook, which helps exorcise the demons that can bring anybody down–resentment, anger, guilt, or shame.

Bud’s son Ricky and grandson Jason

“I actually police those demons, and don’t allow them to penetrate my soul. Instead, wherever I go, I’ve got my eyes open for a dose of smiles.

Just yesterday I saw a baby on the street was beaming up at me from her carriage. It was just as if I was getting a huge dose of positive thinking from this smiling infant, who had no clue what happened yesterday, no regrets or worries like we do.

Grandson Jason and Pop

Happily Married, Bud & Kim

“In order for me to be happy, I feel grateful for what I have and don’t pine for what I don’t have.

“I have a lot of younger friends who keep me vital and energized. That’s key. I also have my husband, Kim, the foundation of my happiness. He is pure giving, unconditional generosity and loyalty–a person with real empathy.

“I also have a very close relationship with my son, Ricky, my lovely daughter-in-law Ryn, as pictured above, and my grandson, Jason. And now, I’m even a great-grandfather now to adorable Theodora.

All this keeps my mind churning and learning. Sure, I’m human and I have mood swings–life isn’t Cinderella.”

Indeed, there were some very rough years: “When I was much younger, alcohol used to take away some of the pain that resulted from my not being able to achieve goals I had imagined for myself. There was also a broken marriage and work pressures, leading to panic attacks and depression.

“But all this changed with sobriety. My confidence and my interest in other people skyrocketed. I became more alert, more industrious. I came out of my funk and let go of the ‘poor me,’ and stopped obsessing on things I had no control over.

“Now the simplest things make me happy. I focus on listening to great music. Talking to friends. I turn to flowers, to Central Park, to a song that recalls a happy moment, to meditating, praying—and to ALANON, the 12-Step program that totally turned my life around.

“Even when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I didn’t shut down at all and continued my activities. I was grateful it was discovered early and underwent radiation and chemotherapy with confidence. The cancer is now undetectable.

Bud and Glenn

“All in all, I don’t feel 96. I feel GOOD! So the chronological number doesn’t matter to me. I handle loss realistically. When my contemporaries get sick or pass away, it’s very sad.

“But I’m still functioning and can’t let it get me down. It’s just another sign to maximize on today, to make every minute count!”

The Master of Creating Your Brand

American entrepreneur and business executive Kevin Harrington, the original shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, has been a big fish for decades.

The bestselling author of Put A Shark In Your Tank has heard more than 50,000 pitches on every product from a toilet-training system for cats to a “cougar” energy drink, a “Wake ‘n’ Bacon” bedside grill, and an erotic lip balm.

As the pioneer of the infomercial industry and master of the pitch, the mega-investor has launched more than 500 winning products resulting in cumulative total sales of over $4 billion, with twenty of them racking up sales of over $100 million each.

Not bad for the son of an Army pilot who grew up in Cincinnati mowing lawns, lugging garbage and delivering newspapers.

Told by his dad at age 15 to “hatch some extra income streams,” the fledgling mogul came up with one cash-generating venture after another, demonstrating an innate flair for sales and marketing.

By age 18, he was running his own company that sold heating and cooling systems, and soon had a staff of 25, with $1 million in annual revenues.

A pivotal moment occurred as Harrington was watching late-night TV in 1984, when the sudden appearance of static color test bars on the screen after the regular programming ended triggered a thought that would change everything.

Why not buy that dead air space at a low cost and advertise products on it? Driven by what he later called his Eureka moment, he began scouting trade shows and devouring mail order catalogues, hunting for million-dollar products that could be sold on cable TV.

Soon after, he was in the studio producing dozens of 30-minute infomercials. And the rest was history.

Who can ever forget Kevin’s phenomenal blockbusters such as the Ginsu knife,
the FoodSaver, The Great Wok of China, and
the Daily Mixer?

Not to mention his celebrity brands which have included Jack LaLanne, Tony Little, Cee Lo Green, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, Frankie Avalon, Paula Abdul, Montel Williams, Hulk Hogan, George Foreman, and Kris and Bruce Jenner.

A few years back, Kevin and I worked on a book project together, and I saw instantly the traits he shares with all the entrepreneurial greats:

He’s laser-focused, energetic, resilient, and never ceases to pivot in new directions, intuitively sensing a need in the market.

One of the secrets of success, he believes, is CURIOSITY OVERLOAD—the drive to be ambitiously inquisitive.

“I always say that one secret to developing any business or brand is leaving your zip code, i.e. getting OUT of your office and into the marketplace.

“You’ve got to EXPOSE yourself to new trends and information, to people you’ve never met, and to business opportunities you couldn’t possibly imagine.

“So like an archaeologist, I’m always out there–excavating, doing fieldwork, and digging for the right knowledge, contacts, and product ideas or strategies to advance my business.”

And you don’t have to be rich to succeed. It’s innate:

“If you dropped me down in the middle of a big city with no money, no business, no nothing—and told me that within 48 hours I’d be dead unless I got a deal, I’d have one within those two days.

“I would have identified business opportunities, acquired partners and advisors to support me, raised capital and negotiated deals, and got it done, similar to what people do on Celebrity Apprentice.

“That’s just me. In short, my motto is that opportunity is literally everywhere!”

Ghostwriting A Book In Paradise

As a ghostwriter for celebrity clients, you go TO the job—it doesn’t come to you.

And you never know where your mission will take you, so your passport better be updated and ready.

I’ll never forget an invitation to join one of my clients on 6-week writing trip to the Gold Coast of Australia, known as Surfer’s Paradise. There, along the Pacific Ocean, we spent weeks writing and refining the first chapters of an inspirational book intended to cultivate emotional fitness and inner strength.

After a 21-hour flight in first class on Quantas, complete with a comfy bed compartment, 3 movies, and dinner, we were soon landing in the middle of March, trading the winter of New York for 80-degree days and endless sunshine.

My home away from home? One of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in—The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach, a 5-star property with 10-star hospitality.

Living Room, aka Writing Central

I was given one of the penthouse suites, a 1500-square foot apartment with a luxurious bedroom, the biggest sunken tub I’d ever seen, and a large living room with 180-degree views of the Gold Coast skyline with wraparound floor-to-ceiling glass.

The suite also included a bar, a powder room and a huge dining room table which became WRITING CENTRAL for the project.

Not to mention State-of-the-art room automation system, which senses and manages your preferred lighting levels, room temperature, window drapery controls and service requirements.

If you want to stay in shape, the gym offers personal training, yoga, boxing, spin, Pilates, Zumba and body pump classes!

The hotel complex also includes a 2000-seat theatre which hosts the biggest shows on the Gold Coast, such as tribute bands, musicals, international comedians and entertainers, and show movies three times a week.

But beyond the facilities, one of the tests of any hotel—(or any cruise line, such as the one a recent client raved about in a suite in The Haven of Norwegian Cruise Line)—is the kind of meticulous attention to detail, whether it’s room service, maid service or beyond. And this hotel delivered on all fronts.

There’s so substitute for human warmth—and that’s what you get here. On top of that, let’s not forget the 6 yummy restaurants—fresh sashimi from Kiyomi, lobster at Nineteen at The Star, mouth-watering pizza at Cucina Vivo, and more informal dining at the Garden Kitchen & Bar and Harvest Buffet.

Though I don’t gamble, the casino is certainly fun to walk through, and you can leave it with your wallet intact if you just take in the atmosphere.

All in all, I give The Star Grand my 5-star Glenn P Thumb’s Up! And best of all, the room was QUIET–essential for writing.

As I sat at my laptop, I could totally concentrate, only distracted occasionally by the endless views of the Pacific.

The book flowed out effortlessly–and I  credit the hotel for inspiring me-and giving me a home away from home.

Writing A Book, Hitting A Home Run

Frank’s favorite Yankee, Graig Nettles

Sometimes, one childhood event affects everything that follows it, as if the clues of destiny were left right at  your doorstep.

A bestseller on the way

That’s the way it was for a kid from Queens named Frank Fiume, who at age four, was taken by his parents to his first baseball game–a pivotal event that began a lifelong passion for the sport, which became the pathway to fortune.

As he remembers it in his upcoming book, RUNNING WITH MY HEAD DOWN: A Memoir Of Perseverance and the Search For Purpose

Young Frank all ready to go!

“With thousands of fans pouring into Shea Stadium, the anticipation and energy of the crowd was electric. For a little kid like me, it was a magical sensory experience, complete with the smell of popcorn and hotdogs and vendors everywhere, hawking food, T-shirts, and baseball hats. Could there be a more perfect place? Not to me. It was love at first sight.”

From that day forward, Frank became obsessed on the game, mastering the names of players and statistics, collecting baseball cards, and later managing amateur leagues of his own, the first of which he sold for $1.8 million.

He  ultimately became a pioneer in the youth sports industry, founding i9 Sports, the nation’s leading franchisor of youth leagues and camps, which has, since 2003, generated over $200 million, with 2 million registrations in 900 communities across 30 states nationwide.

What was the secret of his success?

Passion for the game. Laser-focus. Total Commitment. And the determination to never quit.

As he says, the fastest route from home plate to first base is RUNNING WITH MY HEAD DOWN—a metaphor for life that became his mantra.

When the first-time author called me up on the phone, he presented the intriguing premise to write two books—one a privately-published legacy volume intended just for family and close friends; the other a slimmed-down business memoir, to be commercially published, focusing on Frank’s rags to riches story.

None of it came easily. Traumatized after his parents divorce, Frank was living in a roach-infested tenement apartment, his mom working two jobs to make ends meet. “I vowed that when I grew up, I was never going to experience poverty, and that if I ever got married and had kids, I would never allow them to suffer because of it either.”

As the story evolves, no matter what happens to Frank–being degraded and underestimated as kid, taking the wrong professional route as a medical equipment salesman, or encountering competitors who attempted to squash him–HE NEVER GIVES UP and HE NEVER GIVES IN.

Frank and his family, daughter Taylor-Marie, wife, Nadine, and son, Frankie

At one point, overcome with debts after a bad investment, he declares bankruptcy. But it isn’t long before he  pulls himself back up again, building his business, creating a happy family life, and becoming a serious student of self-development too, drawing inspiration and business acumen from peak performance coach Tony Robbins.

All of it combines into a riveting American success story, one driven by perseverance and guts, and the willingness to run with your head down, getting to your goal no matter what the obstacle.



The Ironman Book

Passion is the fuel of success. So when you’re driven by something you love to do—your talent and energy always brings with it fulfillment.

Take the case of one of my self-published clients, Steven R. Adams, a Cincinnati-based criminal defense attorney who has competed four times in The Ironman Triathlon World Championship—the most treacherous one-day endurance race in the world.531309BD-8A63-4916-B305-441A166F19B7

To get through it, as Steve notes, “You have to swim like you’re gonna drown, ride that bike like you stole it, and run like they are chasing you!” And so he did.

Years later, when Steve came to me to write his first book, he wanted to incorporate the same lessons he’d learned as an athlete into a unique system for showing young lawyers how to become successful solo practitioners.

The result: Practice Law Like An IRONMAN, Unbeatable Checklists for any Lawyer Creating and Building a Solo or Small Practice, a 300-page guide climbing the charts on Amazon.  

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It all started when Steve, a natural promoter with a zany sense of humor, flew to New York to meet me with two heavy spiral-bound notebooks. There were 1,000 pages of ideas he had gleaned from landmark books in the field of business and self-help.

My mission was to synthesize all that material, interview him, and turn it into a book that would capture a succinct inspiring message for thousands of lawyers.

What was totally unique about Steve’s vision was that, instead of a technical narrative tome, he wanted to produce a checklist book, an easily-digested step-by-step guide. This format allows the reader to think in bullet points, to stay focused on a logical sequence of steps to attain each goal.

Although I know almost nothing about law—other than paying my lawyer when needed—the challenge is one of the gifts of being a ghostwriter. You take on an assignment, and throw yourself into it, riding a steep learning curve to the end.

Like any  Ironman, you have to set a goal and stick with it no matter what. Creating a book from an initial vision is like an athletic competition–it takes focus, energy, discipline. But it’s always worth it.


Backstage With The Future President

It all started at the Phil Donahue Show in December l988. There I was, in the green room, interviewing Donahue for a Family Circle magazine profile.Donahue

And one of the guests on his show that day was the 42-year-old mogul Donald Trump, then rapidly expanding his empire with casinos, hotels, an airline, you name it.

Interviewer Me

I spotted the blonde-haired king of glittering high-rises standing alone in the wings, open and interested as I approached him, no handlers in the way. I told Trump that I’d just been hired by the New York Daily News to write Sunday magazine cover profiles. “And YOU’RE my first choice!”

“Call me,” he answered briskly. And what followed was a four-year adventure in Trump Land: The first was a story called THE PEOPLE’S BILLIONAIRE.Trump MagTrumpPlaskin2

But that interview was just the warm-up.

The following year, over a period of six weeks, we spent 11 hours together, for the Playboy Interview, one of the few times in the magazine’s history that they put a man on the cover.TrumpPlayboytrumplayboytext

I probed about his roots and life story, about his ideas about business and politics, and the result hit the front pages of the New York Tabloids.

To this day, the Trump Playboy Interview hangs on the Republican Presidential nominee’s  office wall, framed in gold, as many things are in Trump Tower. And even now, as he’s running for President, the viewpoints he expressed in our interview long ago are still relevant, this according to The New York Times, which recently called the interview ‘prophetic.’ During the Republican Convention, National Public Radio also fleshed out the Playboy Interview and Trump’s relationship with the media. And if you want to listen to the RADIO INTERVIEW version of it, it includes my viewpoint and other commentators, some of whom are drearily negative.

From my original introduction:

“At Trump Tower, after being visually frisked by a troop of basketball-player-tall bodyguards, I entered the inner sanctum. There was Donald Trump, as he would be for most of our sessions, slumped behind the cinnamon-colored desk, slung comically low in his chair…‘I think best this way,’ he’d deadpan.

“Supervising his office like an exceedingly well-run vaudeville show, executive assistant Norma Foerderer would wander in with another gold-framed magazine cover to put up on his wall–or with a seven-pound cheese-cake or a stuffed skunk. Trump would take calls during our interview–never for more than a few minutes–that invariably ended with, ‘OK, baby, you’re the greatest.’ Then secretary Rhona Graff would walk in, bearing little yellow slips of paper announcing calls waiting: down-on-his-luck financier Adnan Khashoggi, asking to have lunch; a hotel executive, dickering to sell yet another big hotel…. By the time Duchess Fergie called about borrowing his brand-new accident-proof helicopter, and Don Johnson to borrow his city-size yacht, I was dizzy.Helicopter

“We began our first session hovering above the East River in the cobalt Darth Vader helicopter. Donald Trump was strapped into taupe leather, good-naturedly hyping his empire below.”

After this interview was published, I continued my Trump rounds and did two more interviews that were intriguing exclusives,  subsequent covers stories with his first wife, Ivana, and his second, Marla–this a print interview given only to me during the height of the tabloid circus that followed Trump as he ended one relationship to begin another. Ivana was, without doubt, the most stunningly-groomed woman I’d ever seen in person, an executive at the Plaza Hotel with impeccable standards. When I later met Marla, she was exquisite looking, beauty-pageant lovely, and ever so young and idealistic. She was the most mature 24-year-old I’d ever met. That’s for sure. 
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Later, when my Turning Point book was published, Marla flew to Chicago with me to appear on Oprah.

None of this would have happened had Donald Trump not allowed himself to be closely questioned.


As in interviews today, this mercurial, controversial figure is leading with his gut, just as he always has, following his intuitions and instincts. And while he  often expresses intense disdain for media reporters, he certainly remains the master of the game.




Capture Your Story– And Publish It Now

Everyone has a book inside them…just waiting to be written.Magic book

In fact, 81% of all Americans say they want to write a book, but never knew how to get started.660_typing

Whether it’s a memoir, a family history, or a book about  business, you have a unique story, but no easy way to tell it.

Rather than spending months, or even a year or more laboring over a 300-page book, with months of interviewing and research, there’s a faster, more affordable option.

In fact, a concisely dramatic book of 75-100 pages can be finished in 90 days. This is the perfect GIFT for: The Holidays, Family Reunions, Birthdays, Business Landmarks, Wedding Anniversaries, and Remembrances For Those Departed. 

Using my process of flash interviewing, instant transcription, and professional editing, a dream becomes a reality, and quickly.

The result is an Autobiographical Scrapbook memories2, putting down on paper your unique memories, using  your own voice and reminiscences from your family and friends. This is a picture of your life. This is YOU, and those closest to you, talking anecdotally about the highs and lows, the triumphs and disappointments, all of it told in a fluent, dramatic narrative.

Here are your stories about the people who were most influential in your development,  your views on the world—the history of your work and your relationships, your first loves, alex-pettyfer-gabriella-wilde-endless-lovethe discoveries,ss the trips you took, your family’s beloved PETS–bb-code-for-forums-url-http-www-imagesbuddy-com-cute-little-dogall of it captured once and for all.

The result is a professionally-published volume, printed on demand in whatever quantities you like, complete with black and white or color photos and/or illustrations and copies of important mementos collected over a lifetime. Gift-wrapped and ready for any occasion.

Some may remember the NBC hit show—This Is Your Life— in which a celebrity is surprised on-air and taken through his entire lifetime in front of a life audience, with appearances by colleagues, friends, and family.

Now you can have a literary version of the show—a narrative scrapbook of memories, a lasting legacy, and a fun tribute, to all you’ve experienced.



On The Radio: Never Let A ‘Low’ IQ Stop You From Meeting A First Lady

NEVER listen to anyone who denigrates your potential. As a kid, I did~and it almost ruined my life, dimming my prospects.

glennkidWhen I was in 5th grade, my mother and I were pulled into the Principal’s office to discuss the ramifications of my D- average: “Don’t feel bad,” the genius told my mother. “Although your son has a low IQ, garbage collectors can be happy too.”

Great advice! It was a TURNING POINT that would forever change my life. And years later I wrote an entire book titled TURNING POINT, about how every one of us faces trials and crises. How do we get through them? And what do we learn? 519TzPxk1PL._UY250_

The humiliation of being called stupid stayed with me for years. You can see it in my shaky smile from a class pictureGlennteeth.

And as my mother said just yesterday: “That principal was unbelievably mean and stupid….I was  appalled at the time by what he said.”

Compounding my misery was the abuse I took for years from bullying male classmates.

Gym class was a horror. Getting beat up and pushed around was commonplace. And  I had no way of fighting back effectively, either verbally or physically.

Nor were there teachers who intervened, as they might today, aware that traumatizing any child that way is unacceptable.

And thereafter I escaped into fantasy, what some might  call “visualization,” imagining a greater, more glamorous life, hoping that one day I’d do something notable that would prove my worth.

I  spent hours escaping into magazines, reading about the lives of movie stars and politicians.  I was particularly fixated on then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Everything she did seemed magical to me.b5b9d34b5bb72c7c9cca056ab450443e 7523ef4199faabffbf313d36c0c194b6

I dreamed of one day of even meeting her. How ridiculous it must have seemed. There she was the most famous woman in the world; and here I was, just a kid in Buffalo with a low IQ! I had as much chance meeting her as I did appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Her glamour was beyond imaginable. b995a842837e8b8d8cefe60883d2ef29[And how incredulous when years later I was on the phone with her and meeting her for lunch. She would even write a letter of recommendation for me.]

Flash forward: In a RADIO INTERVIEW released today, I explain to the host Kevin Horek, a journalist for TechZullu and an upcoming media personality, how it all happened—how I came to New York with no friends, no money, no job, and no writing experience–and how I sold my first book anyway, the BIOGRAPHY OF VLADIMIR HOROWITZ.  We also talk extensively about the process of ghostwriting and how the entire process works. 51S14Ix4f9L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_

I always say, if I could do what I did—anyone out there with a dream to succeed and perseverance can do it too.

Poison words like these must be dismissed: ‘You’re too young…or too old….too skinny or too fat….too dumb or uneducated….it’s never been done.” And one of my all-time favorites: “Get Realistic.”